The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS) at The University of Alberta leads groundbreaking research that affects policy development, intervention, education and community outreach for sexual and gender minorities (SGM), nationally and globally.
Bringing research, teaching, institutional service, and community outreach together under one umbrella uniquely enables the Institute to intersect its studies and services functions in ways that create opportunities for innovative intellectual work and sustained educational and community outreach.
The Institute represents a distinct and holistic model, placing sexual and gender minority studies and services in a dynamic, interdependent relationship. Our research not only helps youth at large, but also guides professional development and education for teachers, social workers, family physicians, psychologists, guidance counselors, and other caring professionals, enabling them to be better resources and advocates for SGM youth and their families.
In addition, the Institute impacts policy and services for sexual and gender minorities nationally through its work with various agencies and organizations including the Office of Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
Learn more about the Institute’s guiding principles, policies and procedures.