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IT Carlow along with SETU partner Waterford IT and 4 other HEIs launch National Gender Identity & Expression Equality Champion Network on Transgender Day of Visibility

31/03/2022
IT Carlow along with SETU partner Waterford IT and 4 other HEIs launch National Gender Identity & Expression Equality Champion Network on Transgender Day of Visibility

Institute of Technology Carlow along with SETU partner Waterford Institute of Technology, Carlow College – St Patricks, Mary Immaculate College, NUI Galway, and TUS Midlands and Midwest are delighted to launch Ireland’s first National Gender Identity & Expression Equality Champion Network for Higher Education Institutions, supported by ShoutOut, a charity working to create inclusive services and educational institutions.

The launch of the Network on Transgender Day of Visibility is the culmination of over two years work by the partner colleges on HEA Gender Equality Enhancement Fund funded projects to embed Gender Identity and Expression training and awareness in the Higher Education Sector.

The National Gender Identity and Expression Equality Champion Network represents a voluntary community of individuals working in relevant roles within their HEIs s who are working to end discrimination based on gender identity & expression through training, awareness, policy development and information-sharing across institutions. In particular the Network aims to assist institutions in ensuring that non-binary, trans and other LGBTQ+ staff do not experience unfair treatment and enable staff to become allies of the LGBTQ+ community.

This network will initially involve staff members from the partner higher education institutions (HEI) with a goal to include all in the sector. Interested HEIs should email EDI@setu.ie for further information.

Welcoming the launch of the Network, Colette Lane, Director of Equality, Diversity & Inclusion and People at IT Carlow said “The funding provided by the HEA Gender Equality Enhancement Fund and training provided by Shout Out has been instrumental in educating and increasing awareness of gender identity and expression amongst our staff and students. There has been a strong uptake and demand for this training.  It is a great honour and privilege to be a partner in   launching this network and come together with our colleagues in Higher Education Institutions to continue to advance gender equality and build on the strong momentum in place.”

Dr Allison Kenneally, Vice President for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Waterford Institute of Technology stated “The launch of this network is a hugely significant step forward for gender equality, in its widest sense, in Irish Higher Education. The Network partners have been working together for a number of years to provide gender identity and expression training and education for staff members, including senior leaders and HR staff, in HEIs, and have seen first-hand the power in sharing knowledge, resources and experiences in this area. The establishment of the National Network is the logical next step in our journey and will further assist partner institutions in ensuring that non-binary, trans and other LGBTQ+ staff and students in HEIs are fully supported and treated equally, and to enable staff to become allies of the LGBTQ+ community.”

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