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Flag Raising contâ€™d Allison Leonard Staff Kendry further explained that recognition aside, Brantford Pride Week and the flag-raising ceremony was intended to unite not only the LGBTQA but to unite the community. Diversity is to be more supported on campus in coming years as well explains Ross Fraser, Student Support Specialist. â€œWe have a campus that is committed to diversity work, what we lack is a dedicated diversity and equity employee,â€? says Fraser. â€œWe acknowledge the fact that a full time staff member is needed. The issue is allocation of
scarce resources.â€? Despite the lack of a full time employee dedicated to the expansion of diversity on campus, students and faculty alike are working towards a more accepting campus. The Rainbow Alliance and a new diversity space allow students to take part in judgement-free events and community. The Rainbow Alliance, which began as a campus club in 2009 but became a student service, is dedicated to being supportive to as many students as possible despite race, religion, culture or sexuality. In addition to this, Laurier Brantfordâ€™s own My Respect program and training have been developed in recent
years. Training has hit lecture halls as Concurrent Education students learn about diversity in the classroom. â€œWe still have a long way to go,â€? says Fraser. â€œIâ€™ve only been here for three years, and even in that period of time weâ€™ve come so far.â€? While the school continues to work towards that dream, the recognition established by the Brantford rainbow flag raising and the integration of the LGBTQ community within the city signifies the progress Fraser hopes to see.
Unfortunately in the 1980s and â€˜90s, the big manufacturers left town, and the economy collapsed. Brantford was left as one of the most economically depressed areas in Canada. The cityâ€™s economy has been improving since then but unemployment is still high. With a population of just 90,000, Brantford is a small city but that doesnâ€™t stop it from having some great attractions. Affectionately known by some as The Telephone City, Brantford was home to Alexander Graham Bell, who made the first phone call from his office in downtown Brantford. The city is also the birthplace of â€œThe Great Oneâ€?, Wayne Gretzky. That may not be news to many hockey fans, but it has had a definite impact on the city. Hockey is very popular in Brantford and the city plays host to the annual Walter Gretzky Street Hockey Tournament and the Wayne Gretzky International Hockey Tournament. The downtown core also has the Sanderson Centre, which hosts a variety of plays, bands and comedians. And for those who like to gamble with their OSAP, the OLG Casino is just a stoneâ€™s throw away from campus.
One advantage of having a historic downtown like Brantfordâ€™s, is that most of the restaurants and stores are privately owned, offering a great change of pace from the colossal big-box stores that dominate most shopping centres. But if you prefer brand names, then you can head to the bus terminal, also located on campus, and head to the mall. Some people may have concerns about campus safety especially given Brantfordâ€™s reputation. Â Thereâ€™s no getting around the fact that there are periodic crimes on campus and that some students have been assaulted, but Laurier Brantford is no more dangerous than any other university campus. There are a few simple ways students can ensure their safety, however. The most basic is using common sense. This includes avoiding doing anything that will attract trouble. Also, if youâ€™re out at night travel in a group, if you donâ€™t have a group make sure to call Foot Patrol, a campus walkhome service. The campus has plenty of services to help ensure student safety and if you use them, then you should have a fun and safe first year.
Beginning university is a time of change for first year students. September brings a new school environment, new friends, and in most cases, all of this takes place in a brand new city. New students to Laurier Brantford can expect the majority of the next four (or five, for you con-ed students) years in Brantford and most incoming students are probably asking themselves, â€œWhat is Brantford like?â€? The best way to understand any city is by looking at its history so hereâ€™s a quick crash course in all things Brantford. The city gets its name from Joseph Brant, who led the Six Nations during the American Revolution and immigrated to the area now known as Brantford from New York upon siding with the British. During the first half of the 20th century, Brantford was a major industrial centrem behind just Montreal and Toronto in exports, producing large amounts of farm machinery, which supported a strong economy.
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