From the 31st of January to the 1st February we celebrated Diversity Week. The week, which was organised by our Student Wellbeing Team was centred around the concept of understanding that everyone is unique and that each of our individual differences share a purpose in society.
Throughout the week learners were invited to take part in a variety of online and in person events including discussion forums, drumming and dance workshops, encouraging everyone to come together as one team and community.
With a college community as diverse as ours, it’s really important to raise awareness and celebrate diversity. We had a range of enrichment activities that got students to try something new, as well as having ‘Let’s talk’ which gave students the opportunity to feedback on their experience. All feedback from the ‘Let’s talk’ activities will be fed into the colleges Equality and Diversity Committee to support the college in being more inclusive.— Liam Perkins, Wellbeing Coordinator.
Forums and online discussion sessions covered matters important to our students and the college community, these included race, gender and gender diversity, disability awareness and LGBTQIA+ awareness.
MP Nadia Whittome joined our students virtually to discuss matters important to them such as combatting racism and street harassment to them as part of our Let’s Talk About Race Forum. Nadia also spoke to our students about her political journey and the issues that inspired her to fight back.
Equality and Diversity Officer Chloe Richards chaired a discussion forum on disability awareness.
We celebrate diversity because it is important that everyone is treated the same and not differently. When I ran the Let’s Talk About Disabilities discussion forum it was lovely to see lots of students attending. Everyone enjoyed themselves and were fully engaged. It was a great opportunity to get lots of great feedback from the questions I asked too.— Chloe Richards — Equality and Diversity Officer
Our TV and Film students worked in collaboration with our Safeguarding and Wellbeing teams to produce a video interviewing fellow learners, asking what diversity meant to them.
Diversity to me is a group of people coming together who all have different stories.— Nottingham College student