Celebrating diversity

Since our launch of OneMarjon in 2008, we have continued to promote equality through celebrations and have built a programme of events into our annual calendar. We are currently putting together our Diversity Calendar for the next year, so please do contact us if you have any ideas or would like to get involved!

Under the banner of OneMarjon, we also have an ongoing programme of staff development to ensure inclusivity is embedded into our services and the curriculum. If you would like to know anything else about OneMarjon, or indeed if you have any ideas for diversity events or dates we could celebrate please contact Lynda Tout, the Inclusion Co-ordinator at ltout@marjon.ac.uk.

Once again, the University hosted the annual 'Challenging Stereotypes' conference for teaching students in 2015.  This year was the seventh and was able to build on previous years programmes and widen it's audience.  As a compulsory part of the BEd programme, it was well attended by students about to move on to their careers in teaching.  More importantly though, the conference prepares students for the range of inclusivity issues they may face ahead, for example in terms of teaching disabled children, children from Gypsy/Traveller backgrounds and children from minority ethnic groups.

Every year, Marjon holds a number of awareness raising and celebratory events to support key equality dates.This year has been no exception. In October, we focussed displays on Black History Month whilst also marking World Mental Health Awareness day with a Restore cafe where the Student Union launched their Mental Health campaign challenging stigma.  We also arranged for over 200 of our teaching students to attend a certificated Dyslexia Awareness workshop run here at the University by the British Dyslexia Association.  Professional students will also receive Dyspraxia Awareness training in the year.

More recently we have been supporting the Refugee Crisis appeal, becoming a donation centre in September and are currently making plans for a fundraiser which is likely to include a night of music in our theatre followed by a sponsored camp out on the quad.  For more information on this please contact the Chaplaincy.

The Student Union have already been very busy so far this academic year developing a wider variety of societies and ensuring that students, whatever their background and personal characteristics are supported.  The Diversity Rep has pulled together a Diversity Council including the Women's Society rep, LGB rep, Transgender rep, BME rep.  Students on our Acting Programme have volunteered to run an LGB showcase in February, watch this space for more details!  If this is something you would like to get involved with or you would like to find out more about the diversity council or the societies, contact the Student Union on campus.

Want to get involved with future events or have ideas?  Please come along to one of our Diversity Forums held through the year (12th November, 28th January, 10th March and 21st April) or alternatively contact the Inclusion Co-ordinator at ltout@marjon.ac.uk or through the Marjon Diversity facebook page.