Huddersfield New College has revealed details of the first Equality and Diversity week of the academic year. Taking place next week (16 – 20 November) a series of themed days will allow the College community to learn more about the differences of others, whilst exploring how they can play their own part in ensuring we all live in a society where discrimination is not tolerated.

HNC has been named the Number 1 Organisation in the UK for Equality & Diversity for four years running. This award recognises the outstanding opportunities students have to recognise their own unique differences, and explore those of others. The themed weeks are a celebration of this, providing a focus and a way for students to take a look at different elements of what it means to live in an equal and diverse society, whilst understanding the role they have to play in ensuring we live in a world free from discrimination of any kind. The week will take place as follows:

  • Monday: United Against Bullying. The College community will be signing the ‘United Against Bullying’ pledge during tutorial, and wearing odd socks in support of the national Anti-Bullying Week campaign! Students will be exploring the forms bullying can take, and the impact it can have

On this day HNC’s Respect Competition will also launch with students completing a sentence that starts ‘I feel respected and united against bullying with my peers at HNC because…..’

  • Tuesday: Hidden Disability Awareness: diabetes & epilepsy. Students will be exploring the impact of disabilities that cannot be seen, and learning more about the significance of the ‘Sunflower Scheme’
  • Wednesday: Diversity Built Britain. Students will be joining a special competition where they will be invited to share more about an individual from a Diverse Britain who is their role model and share why they have chosen this person. The top three entries will win one of three limited edition new ‘Diversity Built Britain’ coins marking the contribution black, minority ethnic and under-represented communities have made to the UK.
  • Thursday: Meet our new Student Diversity Champions! Our new Student Diversity Champions will be revealed. These student Ambassadors are an integral part of the Equality & Diversity team, sharing student feedback and running various events.
  • Friday: Rainbow Ribbons day in conjunction with the Proud Terriers. Students will be supporting our LGBTQ+ community by wearing rainbow ribbons. We’ll also be raising the profile of our own support group here at HNC.

Erika Montgomery, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement comments: “We are looking forward to an action packed week! Our focus weeks give students an opportunity to explore a particular element of Equality and Diversity in a meaningful and unique way. The week will give our young people a chance to explore and celebrate just how and why their HNC is such a warm, supportive and inclusive place to study whilst raising their awareness of the different forms inequality and discrimination can take and the important role they can take in standing up to anything they may experience both now as a young adult, and in the future.”

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