Pamela Secci, a master’s student in social work, is addressing discrimination and bullying in schools and communities as part of her second master’s placement, at Jer’s Vision.
“The mission of Jer’s Vision is to address bullying, and to educate people about and create awareness of homophobia, transphobia and all other kinds of discrimination in high schools and workplaces,” says Secci. This youth-run organization works to increase awareness through workshops, conferences and by celebrating the Day of Pink and Pride Week—the international day against homophobia and transphobia.
“It started with a teenager in Nova Scotia who was bullied for wearing a pink T-shirt,” says Secci. People who witnessed this wanted to do something about it. “They wanted to stand up and say ‘NO!’ to discrimination….They wanted to celebrate diversity,” adds Secci.
The Day of Pink Gala, taking place at Tabaret Hall on April 11, 2012, will aim to do just that. “It’s not just about wearing pink. It has to go further than that. It’s like Earth Day…everyone turns out their lights on that day but more needs to be done. It’s not only one day a year.”
Secci’s placement at Jer’s Vision aligns perfectly with her chosen field of study. “I had to choose a placement connected to my thesis topic, which is children growing up with queer parents. In social work, this population is often forgotten, as it is in research and courses too.”
Find out more about Jer’s Vision and the Day of Pink Gala, taking place at Tabaret Hall on April 11, 2012.