The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre is a student-funded Queen’s University organization committed to creating and nurturing a radical community of Kingston students and residents devoted to fighting gender oppression and advocating for broad ideas of gender empowerment (for those of any or no gender).  Levana operates on an anti-oppressive framework and therefore is committed to confronting all forms of oppression and working to dismantle oppressive systems and hierarchies including patriarchy, white privilege, colonialism, classism, cis privilege (non-trans privilege), heterosexual privilege, and able-bodied privilege.  Levana exists for anyone in the Kingston community, regardless of whether or not they are Queen’s students.


Levana aims to fulfill its mandate by:
  • Organizing ongoing programming and actions to challenge systems of oppression (e.g. sexism, transphobia, etc.) and advocate for gender justice and diversity;
  • Striving to provide a safer space for all people who experience gender oppression, and engaging in the creation and reclamation of space in Kingston and on the Queen’s University campus to allow individual and community expression;
  • Providing confidential referrals to local organizations and resources;
  • Serving as a point of connection between different feminist and gender organizations, groups, and initiatives at Queen’s University and in the Kingston community, supporting the work and people involved through funding, the use of resources, and space to meet and organize;
  • Providing an alternative resource library and zine collection, open to the public, directed by membership contributions and requests.


Why “Levana”?


The Levana Society represented all female students at Queen’s University from 1888 to 1967, when it merged with the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society.  The group provided refuge for female students that felt marginalized on campus, promoted “women’s interests,” and engaged with political issues, most notably in their fight for the banning of fraternities and sororities on campus.  The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre took on the Levana name as a nod to the university’s history and a reminder that many continue to feel marginalized and experience gender oppression on campus and in the Kingston community.

The Women’s Centre

The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre was formerly known as the Women’s Centre at Queen’s.  The Women’s Centre was founded in 1975 as a centre for information, a referral service, and a women-only space for women from both Queen’s and the greater Kingston community. It was home to the woman’s resource library and the Kingston Women’s Movement archives, both of which are still located in the Grey House and operated through the Levana Gender Advocacy Centre. In the summer of 2010, the Centre began to work towards revival and upheaval.  The Women’s Centre needed increased inclusivity, a more radical and political voice, and to start engaging with issues previously deemed peripheral to the feminist cause. The Levana Gender Advocacy Centre was created from these changes.


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