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Diversity and Inclusion Festival 18 - 22 March 2019

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Join us to celebrate the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Festival at the Preston Campus 18 - 22 March 2019

From conferences to capoeira, from tai chi to theatre, there’s something for everyone. Put the date in your diary and check out the diverse range of thought-provoking and exciting events taking place – we want the whole UCLan community and beyond to get involved. It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to embrace diversity and promote inclusion by sharing and showcasing the great practices taking place in our classrooms and workplaces, whilst opening up new conversations about the issues that really matter.

Joint Institional Lead Liz Bromley introduces the Diversity and Inclusion Festival:

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View the Diversity and Inclusion Festival programme of events

Highlights of the Festival

There's a full programme of events every day - there's bound to be something to spark everyone's interest. Here are some selected highlights from the week.

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Open Ceremony: SET Address and Performances

Including performances from the Staff Choir, a Chinese Folk and Lion Dance and a Capoeira demonstration.
Enjoy the music and dance of the opening ceremony, whilst members of the Senior Executive Team (SET) and Equality Diversity Executive Group (EDEG) representatives welcome you to the Diversity and Inclusion Festival 2019.

Disclaimer: there will be photography taking place at this event. All photos will be for internal-use only. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer on the day.

UCLan Big Get Together Fair

Music by Jan et Al - La Musette Francaise Accordion/Guitar Duo, Henna Painting by Aminah Khan, Arabic Calligraphy by Mustafa Saleh, Sharif Mohammed and Mousab Galy.
Visit stalls with information about the inclusive services of the University’s student societies and other groups from across Lancashire which support and represent minority and underrepresented groups, including refugees and asylum seekers.

Disclaimer: there will be photography taking place at this event. All photos will be for internal-use only. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer on the day.

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Conversations around Disability - Talk 1

Talk 1: ‘Being Open about Disability – not a Man Thing’
Men with disabilities are less likely to speak about their situations, particularly in the workplace. This session will also explore the implications of declaring a disability for the first time and the psychological affects this can have on the individual. Further talks will take place throughout the day.

Capoeira Workshop

A chance to take part in this exciting Brazilian martial art which combines music, acrobatics and dance. Learn how to do a ‘ginga’, the fundamental movement in capoeira and listen to the exquisite ‘berimbau’ sound with experienced capoeira teacher Tali Griner and international capoeira master Mestre Maxuel. Suitable for absolute beginners or as a catch-up for those who are already capoeira fans.

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1st UCLan Diversity Carnival

Join in the fun as we help raise awareness of multiculturalism and celebrate the diversity of carnivals and festivals with our students and staff alongside the vibrant and diverse migrant communities in Preston. A variety of workshops, dance and music performances and stalls with international food will be on offer, culminating in a short carnival procession from St Peter Square to the facade of Victoria building. Find out more about the carnival.

Disclaimer: there will be photography taking place at this event. All photos will be for internal-use only. If you do not wish to be photographed, please inform the photographer on the day.

Question Time

What is EDI? What is the university’s position? How does this affect my job? What are my legal obligations? Where equality, diversity and inclusion are concerned we all have questions and opinions but we don’t always have a chance to voice them or get answers. As part of the UCLan Inclusivity Festival, we will be holding a Question Time event. A safe space for staff and students to ask questions about equality, diversity and inclusion to the expert panellists.

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Tackling Violence, Harassment and Hate Crime Conference

A participatory conference for staff and students that builds on the work of Universities UK’s 2016 ‘Changing the Culture’ report and taskforce to address sexual misconduct, violence, harassment and hate crime against students. This programme will include an overview and reflection on UCLan’s contributions to research and service initiatives to address these issues.

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Lecture: Equality and Diversity in HE - Positive action for inclusion and representation

Prof. Uduak Archibong MBE, Professor of Diversity at the University of Bradford will talk about her research on equality, inclusion and application for representational and participative diversity and representatives from the Fairness Project will discuss its aims and objectives of educating others on structural inequalities; in particular, how those at a social advantage have a moral imperative to do what they can to assist others.

Contact information

For further information regarding the Festival
call 01772 894967 or 894123

You can interact with us throughout the week on social media. Let us know your thoughts and post your festival photos using #InclusiveUCLan