Hasan Syed and Delaxshi Nageswaran conducted interviews with settlement service providers in Scarborough and downtown Toronto to determine the level of access to settlement services LGBTQ migrants who live in Scarborough have in their vicinities.
The specific research question they worked to answer was: What types of services are available for LGBTQ migrants in Scarborough?
Hasan and Delaxshi found that most services are actually located in downtown Toronto. This creates a geographic divide--people have to travel long distances and invest time to access services. Given the stigma that LGBTQ migrants may face in their day to day lives, Syed and Nageswaran's interviews point to the fact that traveling to the downtown core to access services may provide anonymity. A final key point from their findings was that funding affected organizations' abilities to provide secure, confidential services in Scarborough.
Students worked with Monica Valencia the Knowledge Exchange Officer for CERIS, the Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Settlement to write 2-page research summaries that are plain language and easily accessible to a number of audiences.
Read the research summary here.
PRESENTATION OF FINDINGS
Students had the opportunity to present their findings at the 17th annual National Metropolis Conference in Vancouver on March 27th 2015. While they were unable to travel to Vancouver, they pre-recorded their presentations in collaboration with the Weboption unit at UTSC's Centre for Teaching and Learning.
Below is Hasan Syed's presentation.