HNC is celebrating the end of a hugely successful Diversity Week and has today published a special round up of events. This week our Student Diversity Team have hosted a range of events in the College to promote tolerance, respect and acceptance. HNC is well known for its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, and has been recognised nationally by the National Centre for Diversity in a number of awards and accolades. The College’s bi-annual Diversity Weeks are a celebration of this commitment and help to widen our students’ knowledge of this important topic beyond their academic programme.
Timed to coincide with Anti-bullying Week and National Kindness Day, the week commenced with an opportunity to sign the HNC anti-bullying pledge and leave a message on our Tree of Kindness. On Tuesday, students and staff were invited to enjoy an exhibition hosted by HNC’s Applied Art and Design students, ‘Diverse Identities’, which saw students explore what diversity means to them. On Wednesday, we welcomed Guide Dogs for the Blind. Students were encouraged to try on a range of glasses designed to demonstrate the challenges that people who are blind face with their vision, and we were joined by a guide dog in training- perhaps the most popular visitor the College has seen this term! There was also an opportunity to take part in Kirklees Interfaith campaign, ‘Roses for Hope’, with students writing messages of peace and hope to share with our wider community. Finally, on Thursday, we celebrated our democratic freedoms in partnership with Conscious Youth and the Kirklees Community Cohesion Team, with students from across HNC exercising their democratic rights and signing up to the electoral register. We also asked students to vote for HNC’s Charity of the Year, the results of which will be announced next week. Our image gallery below shares just a few photographs from this week. 
Erika Montgomery, Director of Equality and Diversity, comments “What a fantastic Diversity Week! Our Student Diversity Team have worked incredibly hard to engage our student body in a range of brilliant events. These events really do showcase the best of what HNC embodies, and it was lovely to meet so many of our passionate and engaged young people who clearly care deeply about equality, diversity and inclusion. Reading the messages left by students and staff on our Tree of Kindness in the Junction demonstrates the wonderful community that we are lucky to be a part of. We’ve had a record number of students registering to vote, an important first step in becoming politically engaged and having a say on the issues that matter. I would like to extend our thanks to our guests for giving up their time to join us and for our students who gave up their time to support the events.”

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