UCC plans series of events for its Equality Week

UCC plans series of events for its Equality Week

Maeve O’Riordan, lecturer in Women’s and Cultural History, UCC, featured in the exhibition of ‘launch allies’. Picture: Tomás Tyner

UCC is set to become one of the first universities in Ireland to launch an LGBT+ Allies Scheme for staff, as part of its Equality Week.

As part of the voluntary initiative, staff will be encouraged to wear the new UCC Rainbow Alliance lanyards and pin badges as a visible sign of support for their LGBT+ colleagues and students and attend awareness training. 

An exhibition of portrait photographs of ‘launch allies’ will be unveiled this week.

The University will also launch its Gender Identity & Expression Policy during Equality Week. 

Sara Philips, chair of the Transgender Equality Network (TENI), will launch the policy, which supports transgender and non-binary staff and students to change their gender identity on UCC records without the need for changed legal documentation.

Speakers at the UCC President's Athena SWAN Symposium, which takes place on Friday and Saturday, will include Labour Senator Ivana Bacik, Traveller activist Dr Brigid Quilligan and Professor Pat O'Connor from the University of Limerick. The event will explore issues of gender equality and other forms of equality in an intersecting way.

Ireland’s housing crisis and homelessness are central to the play No Fixed Abode, which will be performed by Charleville Traveller Women’s Group in the Aula Maxima at UCC on Wednesday. The play, which involves child and adult actors, and focuses on Travellers’ experiences, will be followed by a discussion around issues of racism and poverty facing Travellers in Cork and beyond.

According to UCC’s Deputy President and Registrar Professor John O’Halloran, “Equality Week is about saying to the world, and reminding ourselves, that we are a place that unapologetically engages diversity, challenges inequality and builds inclusion.”

Professor Nuala Finnegan, Chair of UCC Equality Committee, said the week is “a snapshot of the exciting work UCC staff and students have been doing for some time in collaboration with the communities UCC serves.”

For the full line-up of events, which are all free and open to the public, see: https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/news/edi/equality2019/

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