Huddersfield New College has revealed that next week is the first of two Diversity Weeks running this academic year. Taking place between 15-19th November, the theme of this week is ‘One Kind Word.’

As one of the top three organisations in the UK for Equality and Diversity, HNC regularly hosts special events that provide an opportunity for students to recognise and celebrate their own differences, and those of others. However, the two Diversity Weeks shine a spotlight on particular aspects of this, and help students to explore what it means to live in an equal and diverse world, and understand the role they can play in creating a society where discrimination is not tolerated. 

With Diversity Week coinciding with Anti-Bullying Week, this year’s theme is ‘One Kind Word’. Linked to this, the College community will be running fundraising events for the new Charities of the Year, as voted for by staff and students! Due to a high number of votes, the College community will be supporting two charities this year, Young Minds and KCRASAC – a local charity supporting survivors of sexual violence. 

A range of exciting events are running next week as follows:

•    Monday: Students will be invited to sign HNC’s Anti-Bullying Week pledge, and wear their odd socks. A range of fundraising activities will also be taking place to support HNC’s Charities of the Year 

•    Tuesday: The College community will be sharing their one kind word on leaves for our Tree of Kindness. In celebration of HNC’s status as a ‘Kick it Out’ Race Equality Chartered College, staff and students will be joining our Sports Ambassadors for a lap of Campus over the lunch break  
 
•    Wednesday - Launch of HNC’s ‘Respect’ Competition. Students will be invited to respond to the questions ‘what does respect mean to you?' 'What’s the difference between banter and bullying?' Entries can be emailed to e.montgomery@huddnewcoll.ac.uk (3 prizes available)

•    Thursday – Students will be able to hear from our guest speaker DCI Tanya Wilkins about her prestigious role within West Yorkshire Police.  This day is also Pronoun Awareness Day, and Pronoun badges will be available to students to collect from our Diversity Week stall during lunchtime.

•    Friday – On the last day of Diversity Week we will announce our Respect competition winners. We will also take part in Football Shirt Friday to support the Bobby Moore Foundation. 

Erika Montgomery Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion comments: “Although Equality and Diversity is embedded in all aspects of daily life at HNC, our special focus weeks allow us to shine a spotlight on particular aspects of our approach. Our theme for next week is kindness. This is particularly fitting as it is not only Anti-Bullying Week,  it is also the week where we will be fundraising for our brand new Charities of the Year! These were selected democratically via a student and staff vote and due to both of our selected charities receiving an equal number of votes, we have decided to support two charities this year. We are particularly excited about our forthcoming Diversity Week as this will be our first week since the start of the Pandemic where we have been able to celebrate through face to face events. We are very much looking forward to a successful week!”


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