Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity are key themes in Trinity's Strategic Plan 2014-2019
One of Trinity's five core values as described in the Strategic Plan 2014-2019 is Diversity and Inclusivity, the fact that "we reach out to a wide cultural, social and educational spectrum with the aim of creating a community based on a collegiality in which all are encouraged to use their talents to achieve their potential". The Strategic Plan embraces the increasing diversity of the Trinity community and the university's role in creating a just society.
Section C8.2 of the Strategic Plan lays out Trinity's specific objectives for Equality and Diversity as follows:
"Commitments to equality and diversity are values on which Trinity’s excellence relies. To this end we are committed to creating an inclusive, diverse and pluralist college community and a positive environment in which all can participate, and all are recognized fully for their contributions. We are committed on all equality grounds to protecting staff and students from discrimination and to ensuring that diversity is promoted and celebrated. [...]
We will achieve this objective by:
— embedding the commitment to equality and diversity in all policies and practices and further developing diversity awareness and training programmes
— advancing a structural change process to incorporate gender-balanced representation at all stages and levels, thereby enhancing the quality of Trinity’s institutional decision-making
— acting as a national leader to promote the introduction of the Athena SWAN Charter to Ireland and pursuing institutional and school-level Athena SWAN Awards, thereby providing a proven framework through which our position on gender equality can be measured and improved
— promoting the Equality Policy, Dignity and Respect Policy and the Gender Identity and Gender Expression Policy
— promoting the employment of people with disabilities, improving their retention and recognizing their contributions
— further developing our supports and training through projects like ConnectAbility
— taking a leading role in sectoral and national initiatives to promote diversity and seeking to raise the university’s profile as an inclusive organization"
The Office of the Vice-Provost oversees the implementation of the Strategic Plan, and responsibility for implementation of the Equality and Diversity objectives is shared between the Equality Office, WiSER, the Disability Service and the Director of Diversity and Inclusion. However, all areas must get involved for Trinity's strategic objectives to be embedded in everyday practice.
What can I do?
- Take the LEAD or other training programmes
- Observe the Equality Policy, Dignity and Respect Policy and related policies
- Embed the commitment to equality and diversity in your local policies and practices
- Support recruitment applicants or employees with disabilities in your area - the Disability Service can advise on this
- Try to ensure that any decision-making bodies you manage are gender-balanced
- Consider applying for Athena SWAN recognition (Faculties and Schools)
- Contact the Equality Office with any queries or suggestions about the promotion of equality in the Strategic Plan