Students Staff
University of Essex

March 2, 2016

Celebrating diversity and inspirational women

The University will be celebrating inspirational women as part of a ten-day programme of activities highlighting equality and diversity.

Diversity Week, a collaboration between Equality and Diversity, the Students’ Union and the Essex Women’s Network will be launched on International Women’ Day, Tuesday 8 March, and will include talks, workshops, panel discussions, exhibitions, films and awards for motivational, empowering or inspirational female students and staff.

Diversity Week Poster

Events taking place

An exhibition in the foyer of the Silberrad Student Centre on 8 March will highlight some of our inspirational Essex women alumnae and members of staff. There will be opportunities for staff, students and visitors to post details of women who have inspired them, and find out about the progress of the University’s Women of the Future Appeal which will support the next generation of talented and inspirational women.

The Appeal, launched in June to provide 25 Masters scholarships at Essex for women with the potential to effect positive change in their communities, has already raised over £400,000 towards its £500,000 target.

The Diversity Week programme, which runs from 7-18 March, features events related to all nine protected characteristics covered in the Equality Act 2010. After International Women’s Day, subsequent days focus on Age, LGBT, Worldview, Race and Racism, Women in STEM, Disability, Parents, and Marriage and Civil Partnership.

Events will feature members of senior management designated as Diversity Champions for the different characteristics, external speakers, and representatives from the Students’ Union and student societies.

Executive Dean for the Faculty of Humanities and Diversity Champion on sexual orientation, Professor Lorna Fox O’Mahony, said: “As well as highlighting our University’s commitment to diversity, our Diversity Week programme is an opportunity for staff and students to get involved, participating in initiatives that support inclusion for all members of our community, and helping to shape the agenda as the University continues to look for ways to enhance equality and diversity across our community.”

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