University of chester diversity festival

By | 11th May 2017

University of chester diversity festival

Diversity Festival

  Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism.The theme of the 2017 Festival, which will take place from 27th February to 10th March 2017, is “Connect and Thrive”

The Diversity Festival is open to all students, staff and the wider community and will give you a unique opportunity to learn and experience different cultures and perspectives.

The Diversity Festival team are excited to share the Festival 2017 programme of events with a varied range of events which aim to give you a unique opportunity to learn and experience different cultures and perspectives.  The theme of “Connect and Thrive” aims to connect communities and groups and highlight how different groups can continue to thrive, often through adversity.
University of chester diversity festival
From the launch event with Paralympian and Commonwealth Games Medallist Jade Jones, the fortnight is filled with seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences on topics such as the BME attainment gap; crime; racism in football; disabled people and employment; being the best you can be; developing your research career; gypsy, roma and traveller awareness and much more, with the usual mix of fun from African dancing, drumming and Zimbabwean Harmonies workshops!
 
The full programme of events is available here.
All events are free but booking is essential.  The Diversity Festival events are open to all members of the public, all staff and all students, unless otherwise specified, so do tell your colleagues, friends, students and contacts about the events.
To book a place on any of the events, please click on the Eventbrite link next to the relevant event on the programme.
In addition to the full programme above, you can see more information on the following events by clicking on the links below:

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Paralympian launches this year’s Diversity Festival.

Posted on 18th January 2017

Connect and Thrive is the theme of this year’s annual Diversity Festival at the University of Chester which includes a keynote speech by Paralympian and Commonwealth Games Medallist Jade Jones.

Jade Jones
Jade Jones

Held from Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 10, across various University of Chester campuses, the events offer a unique opportunity to learn and experience different cultures and perspectives. The fortnight is filled with seminars, lectures, workshops and conferences on a range of topics, with something for everyone.

This year’s theme aims to connect communities and groups and highlight how different groups can continue to thrive, often through adversity.

University of chester diversity festival

Jade is one of the most exciting talents in British Paralympic sport and recently competed at the Rio Paralympic Games in the 400m, 800m and 1,500m T54 class. She was born without a right femur, which meant that she would have to use crutches or a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She opted to have her foot amputated at the age of eight, but it was not until the age of 12 that the opportunity to try a racing chair presented itself at a school sports day. Watching that day was Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who, seeing Jade’s determination and talent, invited her to a training session and has gone on to train and mentor Jade ever since.

Her inspiring address will give attendees the opportunity to take away practical messages from this ambitious young athlete around overcoming obstacles, setting goals, determination and confidence that can be applied to both professional and personal lives.

Jade will deliver her keynote speech on Monday, February 27 from 11am to 12pm in Room CWE019 in the Westminster Building at the University’s Parkgate Road Campus.

University of chester diversity festival

Interested in football? Come along to ‘Tackling Racial Inequalities’, with Kick It Out, football’s equality and inclusion organisation on Tuesday, February 28 from 5.15pm. This panel session will consider the views and experiences of key stakeholders on the issue of racism in football, with a focus on ways to tackle the problem and promote inclusion and equality within the game

Do you have a disability, or would you like your company or service to provide better customer care to disabled people? ‘Positive Representations of Disabled People in Employment’ is aimed at anyone with or without a disability, members of the community and employers who wish to recruit, select and support disabled people better. This event on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 1 is a mix of networking, participation and varied and informative information.

Would you like an increased awareness and understanding of issues related to Gypsy Traveller communities?  Our full day session on Wednesday, March 8 provides an understanding of the cultural needs and legislative duties in relation to these communities and gives practical ideas to help to improve communication with these communities.

There’s loads more, including the usual mix of fun, from African dancing and drumming to Zimbabwean Harmonies workshops!

The full programme of events is available here https://www.chester.ac.uk/about/diversity-and-equality/diversity-festival

All Diversity Festival events are open to members of the public, staff and students at the University, unless specifically specified. All the events are free but booking is essential.