Diversity Festival 2021: catch up if you missed out

April 23rd, 2021

During March, the university held its first ever virtual diversity festival

Our first ever virtual diversity festival was a real success with over 5,000 visitors to our web hub and more than 1,500 attendees at the 40 or so live events. Feedback included:

“An absolute joy to work for an organisation that is championing diversity in all forms. Bravo!”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the events so far. They have been varied and interesting and I have found the online, virtual nature of the festival more inclusive and easy to access.”

“Excellent events all round. I’ve attend around 6 sessions and all have been well organised and relevant. Thank you to all involved.”

In case you couldn’t join in, below are highlights of some of our featured activities and events:

Celebrating diversity

Pre-recorded performances and interviews with diverse musicians and influencers celebrating diversity including conversations with Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music DJ and record collector. These recordings were captured in partnership with University Radio Nottingham, Lakeside Arts and the Nottingham Global Roots Festival.

View Recorded Content

Having challenging conversations

Our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shearer West CBE and Chancellor, Baroness Young OBE reflect on their own experiences of challenging conversations in a fireside chat facilitated by Dr Max Biddulph.

Painters, sharks and crimson waves

A panel discussion exploring period inequality and stigma that is often associated with menstruation, chaired by Stacy Johnson MBE, featuring Nadia Whittome MP, Moss Mitson and Dr Supriya Garikipati.

Impact of Covid-19 on minority groups

A panel discussion, chaired by Dr Mohamed Elmaghrbi, showcasing the latest research on how Covid-19 has impacted on minority groups and exploring how the University can use this to inform its strategies and policies.

Caring for carers

A 60 minute workshop, chaired by June McCombie and supported by Obianuju Amamgbo (alumna) and Ayaan Hersi, work coaches at the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), providing practical advice on the support and benefits available for staff, student and alumni carers.

Five ways to wellbeing expo

View images submitted to our expo that celebrate the five ways to wellbeing (Connect, Be active, Take notice, Learn and Give) and view resources and support for staff and students to help promote mental health and wellbeing.

View the Expo

Thank you to everyone who got involved and made the festival such a huge success!

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