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2013-14

Supporting LGBT Inclusive Workplaces - Panel Discussion and coffee morning

24th June, TCD Global Room

Organized by: TCD Equality Office with GLEN (Gay and Lesbian Equality Network).
Open to all staff

A panel of guest speakers members of the Diversity Champions Network will discuss their experience in promoting LGBT inclusive workplaces. Guest panellists include Davin Roche (Director of Workplace Diversity, GLEN), Leslee O'Loughlin (Group HR Manager, Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and Catherine Vaughan (Global Compliance Leader, EY).

This event seeks to explore good practice in supporting inclusive workplaces, considering a range of initiatives in relation policy, mentoring and networks. The event is open to all TCD staff who may be interested in participating and informing the development of College LGBT initiatives.

The panel discussion will be followed by Q&A and discussion facilitated by the Equality Officer.

Tea & Coffee will be available in the TCD Global Room from 1030am.

About the Speakers:

Leslee O'Loughlin is Group Human Resources Manager for the Republic of Ireland at Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Leslee O’Loughlin joined Enterprise Rent-A-Car’s Graduate Training Programme in the United States in 1997. In 2004, Leslee was promoted to Group Recruiting Manager and was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with key universities throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2007, Leslee was promoted to Group Human Resources Manager for Enterprise in the Republic of Ireland.  Since 2007 Enterprise has been the proud recipient of several awards including a Gradireland Employability Award in 2009, an AHECS Engagement Award in 2012 and 2013 and the Gradireland Diversity Recruitment award in 2013 and 2014.

Catharine Vaughan is a Director and Global Compliance Leader at EY. Throughout her career, she has had experience working with large multinational organisations as well as smaller family run businesses. Catherine’s experience stems from her qualification as a Chartered Accountant in 1999. Her current role as Global Compliance Leader follows 6 years as Director of Risk Management in EY’s EMEIA Area. She has long been involved in supporting and chairing the firm’s LGBT network in Ireland, Unity.

Davin Roche is the inaugural Director of Workplace Diversity at GLEN, the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network, a leading lesbian, gay and bisexual advocacy organisation in Ireland.  Davin leads GLEN’s Diversity Champion’s programme, Ireland’s network for LGBT inclusive employers. Diversity Champions members employ over 30,000 people and include leading employers such as CRH, Deutsche Bank, Dublin Bus, Dublin City University, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, EY, IBM, Irish Prison Service, Sodexo and University College Dublin.
Davin’s career spans 20 years, working in a range of public bodies and community organisations on equality and advocacy issues. Davin is a graduate of UCD, NUI Maynooth and the Open University.

Diversity Champions is Ireland's network for LGBT inclusive employers http://www.diversitychampions.glen.ie/.

TCD Equality Office promotes equality for staff and students in all areas of College life, with particular attention to the nine protected equality grounds www.tcd.ie/equality

Event details
Time:
1030am -12 o'clock
Venue: TCD Global Room (Biotechnology Building 1st floor, next to Academic Registry http://www.tcd.ie/Maps/map.php?b=196 )
RSVP: Attendance is open to all staff members.
To book your place please contact equality@tcd.ie by Friday 20th June.

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A New Look at Women in Iran and Afghanistan Film Series

The TCD Equality Office and the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Trinity College Dublin, present this film discussion series with films by Iranian women film directors and producers. The series provides new and challenging perspectives on women's experiences and gender identities in Iran and Afghanistan. The selected films are: Facing Mirrors; Hush! Girls Don't Scream; and Love Crimes of Kabul.

Visiting Fellow at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi states 'All three films address issues that have not, until now been publicly discussed. Their subject is women who have crossed important red lines and have broken their silence about the societies in which they live. Now, for the first time in Iranian and Afghan cinema, they claim publicly their rights to their bodies and their destinies: their right to be transgender (Facing Mirrors), their right to speak out about rape (Hush! Girls don't scream) and the right to fall in love and to fight for it (Love Crimes of Kabul).'

Thursday 6th March
Facing Mirrors
6pm, TCD Global Room

Thursday 13th March
Hush! Girls don't scream
6pm Maxwell theatre, Hamilton Building

Thursday 20th March
Love Crimes of Kabul
6pm Maxwell theatre, Hamilton Building

Each film screening will be followed by discussion with guest speakers.

Join the facebook event for all film series updates

Entry is free but places may be limited, contact equality@tcd.ie

Facing Mirrors


Synopsis: Rana (Qazal Shakeri), a conservative young mother, has been secretly driving a cab to support her family since her husband went to jail. When she picks up Adineh (Shayesteh Irani), a young woman from a wealthy family who is fleeing an arranged marriage and the country for a transgender operation, it’s a clash of class and belief systems. But soon enough, an unlikely alliance forms.
Facing Mirrors is the country’s first feature to examine the theme of transexuality.

CREDITS
Director: Negar Azarbayjani
Producer: Fereshteh Taerpoor
Cast: Nima Shahrokh Shahi, Homayoun Ershadi, Qazal Shakeri, Shayesteh Irani
DETAILS
1 hour 42 min
Country: Iran, 2011
Languages: Persian-Farsi with English subtitles
Genre: Drama
Awards: Revelation Perth International Film Festival 2013, Iranian Film Festival Australia 2012

Trailer http://youtu.be/_3-HJpXnkJg

Interview with Director Negar Azarbayjani and Producer Fereshteh Taerpour
http://youtu.be/6z0V-ykAH-4

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Hush! Girls Don't Scream

Synopsis: Shirin is supposed to get married in a couple of hours, but she unexpectedly murders a man. The cause of the crime, rooted in her nightmarish childhood, unravels gradually and the real question emerges: Who is the real criminal?

Reviews:
''As tight as a clenched fist, Pouran Derakhshandeh's drama angrily confronts the subject of pedophilia in Iran'' (David Chute, Variety).

CREDITS
Director: Pouran Derakhshandeh
Cast: Farhad Aeesh, Amir Aghaee, Shirin Bina
Country: Iran
Language: Farsi with English subtitles
Runtime: 104 minutes
Released: 2012
Genre: Drama

Awards: Winner of the audience award at this year’s Fajr Film Festival, as well as top prize at the recent London Iranian Film Festival.

Trailer

Screening
6pm, Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin

Love Crimes of Kabul

LOVE CRIMES OF KABUL is an intimate portrait of three young Afghani women accused of committing "moral crimes" such as premarital sex and running away from home. As we follow them from prison to trial, we discover the pressures and paradoxes that women in Afghanistan face today-and the dangerous consequences when they refuse to fit in.

CREDITS
Director:Tanaz Eshaghian 
Country: Afghanistan/US
Language: Dari and Pashto with English subtitles
Runtime: 71 mins.
Released: 2011
Genre: Documentary

Trailer

Screening
6pm, Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin

Contact equality@tcd.ie for information

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Speakers

Dr Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi

Masserat Amir-Ebrahimi studied Urban Sociology (1986) and Human, Economic, and Regional Geography at the University of Paris X–Nanterre (Ph.D., 1999). She has worked on several urban and sociocultural projects in Iran and taught in the Environmental Department at Tehran University. She was awarded an International Collaborative Research Grant by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Program on the MENA for her project, “Authority and Public Space in Iran” (2002–03). In 2006–07 and in 2011 she was a Nikki Keddie - Balzan Fellow at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where she taught in the department of Sociology and Geography. She is currently a Fellow at the Dept. of Near and Middle Eastern Studies at Trinity College of Dublin. Her research focuses primarily on women, youth, public space, public sphere, Tehran and cyberspace.

Farah Mokhtareizadeh

Farah Mokhtareizadeh is a PhD candidate and lecturer in the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Studies, where she teaches on Islamic civilisation, gender and human rights. Farah has worked in human rights advocacy for more than a decade, most recently in Afghanistan where she assisted in the formation of the inaugural Afghan women's journalist union. She has also worked closely with the Afghan Youth Peace Volunteers, a group of young people dedicated to using dialogue to cultivate a culture of peace and understand amongst different ethnic groups in Afghanistan. Previously, Farah has worked as a human rights advocate and freelance journalist during many recent conflicts including reporting from Baghdad, Iraq in 2001-2004, in the West Bank from 2001-2003, from Damascus, Syria 2005-2006, and Beirut, Lebanon during the war in the summer of 2006. She is currently co-coordinator of Action for Iran, and editor of the online Islamic feminist blog StealThisHijab.

Saghar Qyasi

Saghar Qyasi is a human rights defender and a women’s rights activist. She currently works as a volunteer in the Front Line Defenders (FLDs) office in Dublin, to develop FLDs’ work on Iranian Human Rights Defenders. She has a B.A. in Business Administration and an M.Phil. in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She received the 2013 Hammed Shahidian Critical Feminist Paper Award in the Iranian Women's Studies Foundation conference.

Saghar was involved with Amnesty International, holding various volunteer positions within the organisation including Coordinator and Treasurer of the Iran group. The group asked Saghar to accept the Amnesty’s Group impact award 2011, which was presented to the Iran group. Saghar has participated in various initiatives and committees in Ireland such as: Longford’s Women’s Manifesto. She has also served as a member of the steering committee for the support of the refugees/asylum seekers living in Co Longford. She has published a number of articles, research papers and opinion pieces in the Persian media outlets. 

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UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities

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Trinity College Dublin celebrates the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December. This year's theme is 'Break Barriers, Open Doors: for an inclusive society and development for all'.

College is currently participating in the Irish Universities Association Equality Network ConnectAbility project funded by the Equality Authority Mainstreaming Unit which aims to improve how the Irish Universities manage disability in the workplace. Over 900 staff across the sector have participated in the survey to date and a series of focus groups are being held with staff in each University as part of the project. If you would like to participate in the focus group and for more information see ConnectAbility. College has developed supports, processes and information for staff and managers, see College staff supports.

TCD Students' Union are celebrating the day to raise awareness about the issues faced by students with disabilities and have planned an exciting schedule of activities including a workshop on disclosure by AHEAD, a creative competition, a Speak Your Mind event and a Table quiz fundraiser for Special Olympics Schedule and more information for students.

Did you know?

  • Almost 1 in 5 (18%) of the Irish population has a disability (source: ESRI)
  • 85% of working age disability is acquired during the working life (source: NDA)
  • More than 70% of disability is non-visible

More information for staff

What is ConnectAbility?
ConnectAbility is a programme designed to improve how we manage disability in the workplace within the University Sector. It is an initiative of the Irish Universities Association Equality Network (IUAEN), made possible by the sponsorship of the Equality Authority. The programme includes DCU, NUIG, UCC, UCD, UL and TCD is being implemented by Kanchi. Through ConnectAbility we are working to improve how we include and support our team members with disabilities, as we value the talent and experience which every one of our employees brings to the sector. A staff survey across the sector has been completed with over 900 respondents and a series of focus groups are being held with staff in all the universities. The next stage of the project will use the insights gained to develop a common best-practice approach to managing disability in the workplace.

The TCD focus group will take place on 11 December and is open to both staff with and without disabilities, if you would like to take part contact equality@tcd.ie

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College Supports
College has developed a series of guidelines and information pages on how to support staff with disabilities http://www.tcd.ie/disability/staff/ , these guidelines provide information for staff with disabilities and managers about disclosure and supports.

Contact
Should you have any queries on the ConnectAbility Programme, please contact Karen Campos McCormack, Equality Officer
For any queries regarding College supports for staff please contact Declan Treanor, Director of the College Disability Service

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More information for students

TCDSU & GSU are celebrating the International Day of Persons with Disabilities in order to raise awareness among the student body of the issues faced by students with disabilities in Trinity, and also to celebrate the achievements of students with disabilities. A campus with as many historical buildings as Trinity unfortunately creates additional accessibility barriers for those with physical disabilities. The nature of invisible disabilities, such as dyslexia, mean they often go unnoticed by the student body. Trinity has one of the highest percentages of students with disabilities of Ireland's universities. If we want to make our college community more accessible, we need to listen to our friends, our classmates, our representatives on committees, our teammates and our peers with disabilities to make sure we all have the best possible time we can have at college. TCDSU & GSU wants to encourage these students to raise their voices and to celebrate what they have accomplished, in the hopes that together we can look forward to an inclusive society for all.

The TCD Students' Union has organized the following schedule of events to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Show your support and get involved!

If you would like more information on the supports and resources available to you see http://www.tcd.ie/disability/current/

Schedule

1pm - Disability Disclosure Workshop with CAS & AHEAD, Arts Building room 3027

Caroline McGrotty and Mary Quirke from the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) will be facilitating a workshop about disclosing your disability to employers - the reasons why you might do it, how you can go about it, and what your rights are as an employee with a disability. Eileen Daly, Careers Advisor for Students with Disabilities will also be present to talk briefly about her role and book appointments to follow up on what was discussed at the workshop.

5pm - Speak Your Mind: Experiences of Disability in College with S2S, Phil Conversation Room (GMB)

S2S and TCDSU bring you a very special edition of Speak Your Mind this Tuesday December 3rd in the Phil Conversation Room in the GMB. December 3rd marks the UN International Day of Persons with Disabilities with a theme of "Break barriers, open doors: for an inclusive society for all". We want to give you the chance to talk about anything relating to disability. Our guest speakers for the night are Dr John Kubiak, of the National Institute for Intellectual Disability, and Ronan Clarke, a 3rd year Film Studies student who uses a wheelchair.

6pm - Creative Challenge Exhibition with Reception, Phil Conversation Room (GMB)

We asked students to submit a piece of art which expresses their experience of disability in college for the chance to win a prize. We'll be displaying the entries in the Conversation Room, where the winner being chosen at the event itself by Declan Treanor, head of the Disability Service.

7pm - Table Quiz Fundraiser in aid of Special Olympics Ireland, MacTurcaill's Pub, 15 Townsend Street

As part of our celebrations for the day, TCDSU are holding a table quiz in aid of Special Olympics Ireland (http://www.specialolympics.ie/). Teams can have up to 5 members and the entry fee is €3 per participant. Show off your knowledge, win some great prizes and support a great cause!

See the TCD SU Facebook event page for up to date information

Contacts:

College Disability Service T 01 896 3111, e-mail disab@tcd.ie

SU Welfare Officer, Stephen Garry T 0851016481, e-mail welfare@tcdsu.org

SU Officer for Students with disabilities, Aoife O'Brien, e-mail disability@tcdsu.org

GSU Vice-President, Sarah Smith, T 01 896 1006, e-mail vicepresident@gsu.tcd.ie

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Equality Fund Showcase 2013

19 November 2013

On Tuesday 19 November the annual Equality Fund Showcase was celebrated in the TCD Global Room, gathering staff and student project organizers and attendees. The purpose of the event is to disseminate the outcomes and learning from last year's Equality Fund projects and to be a forum for building further collaboration.

The Equality Fund supports innovative staff and student projects that promote equality and diversity in College.

In 2012-2013 fifteen staff and student projects were completed and eight projects provided presentations at the showcase:

The project presentations reflected the range of themes and types of staff and student projects supported by the Equality Fund and were very engaging. In 2013 the Fund supported projects promoting an inclusive College community, participation in leisure activities, developing resources to assist students with disabilities and other groups, outreach and engagement with the community providing student-run workshops in Schools, exploring women's contribution to College in different fields and addressing gender and trans* awareness. Many of these projects will continue to develop over the coming year. The Chair of the Equality Committee and the Equality Officer commended the work of last year's project organizers and highlighted the importance of the Equality Fund and the lasting positive impact for staff, students and the wider community.

The Showcase PowerPoint slides are now available to view here.

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    • Welcome event for Students with Children

      Saturday 28th September at 12pm, TCD Sports Centre

      There will be a Welcome event for Student parents, their children and their families on Saturday the 28th September in the College Sports Centre.

      This event will be an opportunity to meet other student parents and to find out about College supports for students with children. Refreshments and entertainment for children will be provided.

      Facebook Group for TCD student parents

      Details

      When: Saturday the 28th September
      from 12 pm to 2 pm
      Where: The Trinity Sport Centre, Main Campus, Sports Hall,

      Schedule:
      12 Noon - Welcome and light refreshments (muffins, tea and coffee, drinks and small snacks for the kids) 
      (Student parents are advised to arrive early with their student cards to sign their children up for the free sports centre membership!)

      12.30-1.15 - Take your pick
      • Games and face painting in the Sports Hall (little ones)
      • Science Gallery Tour (children 7+)
      1.15-2.00 - Take your pick
      • Magic Show with Mr Trix (little ones)
      • College Campus Tour (older children)
      • Climbing wall ( 7+)
      You are welcome to stay on for the following sports centre activities. Please ensure you avail of the free membership promotion for your children:
      3.00-4.00
      • Family swim ( free for members of the Sport centre)

      The hall is wheelchair and buggy accessible. There are also wheelchair accessible toilets within the building.
      For more information contact jaguschn@tcd.ie

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New Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy approved

July 2014

The Board approved the new Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy on 25th June. This policy complements the College's Equality Policy and outlines the College's formal commitment to recognise and support an individual’s gender identity and gender expression so that all members of the College community experience a positive and tolerant environment where every member is treated with dignity and respect.

The policy has been developed by the Equality Committee working group following best international practice in supporting transgender students and employees. The policy is the first of its kind in the Irish education sector and has been widely welcomed by stakeholders.

Membership of the Working Group:

Prof Claire Laudet (Senior Tutor)
Prof Kevin O'Kelly/ Prof Amanda Piesse* (Dean of Students)
Prof Martine Cuypers (Staff representative)
Stephen Hatton/Eoin Silke* (SU LGBT Officer)
Sarah Smith/Andrew McEwan* (GSU Vice-President)
Lynnea Connolly (Academic Registry)
Louise Power (Human Resources)
Karen Campos McCormack/ Michelle Garvey* (Equality Officer), Secretary
*2013

The policy underwent consultation amongst College staff and students with an online forum and open meeting, as well as consulting with external organizations.

A training plan has been approved with the policy and TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) will be supporting the training delivery.

The policy will be available to view here http://www.tcd.ie/about/policies/

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Equality Fund projects 2013-2014 announced

February 2014

The College Equality Fund provides funding to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of innovative projects promoting equality and diversity in College.The Equality Fund was established in 2008 with an annual €10,000 allocation.

The Equality Fund Sub-Committee received 22 applications from staff and students for the 2013-2014 call and has selected the following staff and student projects:

More about the 2013-2014 projects

More about the College Equality Fund

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Equality Fund Showcase 2013equality fund logo

19 November 2013

On Tuesday 19 November the annual Equality Fund Showcase was celebrated in the TCD Global Room, gathering staff and student project organizers and attendees. The purpose of the event is to disseminate the outcomes and learning from last year's Equality Fund projects and to be a forum for building further collaboration.

The Equality Fund supports innovative staff and student projects that promote equality and diversity in College.

In 2012-2013 fifteen staff and student projects were completed and eight projects provided presentations at the showcase:

The project presentations reflected the range of themes and types of staff and student projects supported by the Equality Fund and were very engaging. In 2013 the Fund supported projects promoting an inclusive College community, participation in leisure activities, developing resources to assist students with disabilities and other groups, outreach and engagement with the community providing student-run workshops in Schools, exploring women's contribution to College in different fields and addressing gender and trans* awareness. Many of these projects will continue to develop over the coming year. The Chair of the Equality Committee and the Equality Officer commended the work of last year's project organizers and highlighted the importance of the Equality Fund and the lasting positive impact for staff, students and the wider community.

The Showcase PowerPoint slides are now available to view here.

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Equality Fund 2013-2014 Call

The Equality Fund 2013-2014 is now accepting applications for innovative and creative projects promoting equality and diversity in College.

The deadline for submission of applications is Friday 29 November at 5pm.

The College Equality Fund provides funding to staff and students on a competitive basis for a variety of equality projects. Collaborative projects between staff and students are particularly welcomed.

The themes selected for this year are:

  1. Dignity and Respect in College
  2. Understanding one another
  3. Listen, speak and be heard
  4. Celebrating Diversity on Campus
  5. Inclusive College Community
  6. Non-traditional engagement and non-traditional groups

Applications can be made with the above themes focusing on any of the nine protected equality grounds or for other relevant groups.

More information on the Equality Fund and Application Form

To discuss any questions related to the Fund application contact the Equality Officer.

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Equality News September 2013 now available

The latest Equality News is now available to download here. Find out about staff and student equality projects and upcoming events in College.

Equality News 2013 (pdf, 1.04mb)

The newsletter is available in paper copy and alternative formats. To request contact the Equality Officer.

LEAD Deadline Approaches

From September 2013, as part of the College-wide implementation of LEAD (Living Equality and Diversity), all College staff sitting on interview panels are required to have completed the LEAD programme.

Completing LEAD:
Staff can access and register for the LEAD programme from the LEAD programme homepage. It takes between one and two hours to complete and is available to all TCD staff.

More information on the LEAD Programme:
The LEAD Living Equality and Diversity eLearning programme is an interactive tailored online resource developed by the IUA Equality Network. It provides key training on equality and diversity issues in a University context so that staff can understand and respond to the College Equality Policy and the College Dignity and Respect Policy.  It is a self-paced modular programme; and is relevant to all College staff in their different roles: academic, professional and support.

It is supported by the Equality Committee, HR Committee and Board, and will become a requirement for staff participating in interview panels by September 2013.

If you have any questions regarding the LEAD programme please contact the Equality Officer.