Encounters — togetherness and psychological security in the university community. Pride event on June 30th from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m

On Thursday 30 June The University of Helsinki will organize a debate event, which has already been established as part of the Pride Week programme. In addition, the university library will once again be showcasing queer literature and all campuses have the traditional flying of flags for equality.

The theme of Helsinki Pride this year is encounters. The theme appears also in the university's event, which will reflect on how we can promote togetherness and psychological safety experienced by minorities in the university community from the perspective of gender and sexual minorities. The goal of the event is to showcase and reflect together ways on how to create spaces and practices that promote togetherness, where everyone feels safe and secure in the university community. 

The online event will be held via Zoom connection.

The language of the event is Finnish, but audience can pose questions also in Swedish and English.  


13.00 Opening words, Vice-Rector Tom Böhling  

13.05 Psychological Safety Video (Academy of Brain)  

13.10 Promoting cohesion and psychological security, University Chaplain Laura “Late” Mäntylä  

13.40 Commentary speech, Mathilda Selin (chairperson, Qaareva Ry) 

14.00 Panel discussion led by presenter and Q&A  

14.25 Summary 

14.29 Closing words, Böhling  

14.30 Event ends  

Participants in the panel discussion will be confirmed later.  


Registration for the Pride event on Thu 30 June and parade on Sat 2 July.

Registration for the Pride event is voluntary, but if you participate in the Pride parade as a part of the University of Helsinki walking block, please register using the form so that we can communicate about the gathering etc. 

The event follows the Guidance Corner principles for a safer space applied to an online event. The principles of a safer event are also present at the beginning of the event. 

To celebrate Pride, the library will once again be showcasing queer literature. The Pride themed collection will be published in the Helka database during Helsinki Pride week, and it will be available around the year. A Pride-café will be held at the Guidance Corner of Kaisa House on 29 June at 14.00-16.00. In addition, all campuses have the traditional flying of flags for equality. 

Organisers: The Equality and Diversity Committee, Student Union of the University of Helsinki and University of Helsinki Library