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  1. Equality Fund 2008-2009 Projects
  2. Breaking Stereotypes Exhibition
  3. International Women's Week 2009
  4. Setting up LGBT staff networks in higher education- Workshop
  5. Rainbow Week 2009
  6. Supporting Staff with Disabilities Guide Launch
  7. Staff Disability Network
  8. Challenging Stereotypes Finalists announced

Equality Fund 2008-2009

The Equality Fund 2008-2009 supported 13 staff and student projects in College.

Detailed listing of past Equality Fund projects and events

  1. Breastfeeding Room - Parental Group. Family Focus
  2. Staff Family Open Day - College Sports Centre. Family Focus
  3. Towards Equality for Student Parents - Senior Tutor's Office. The inclusive College community/Family Focus
  4. Supporting Staff with Disabilities - College Disability Service. The inclusive College community
  5. A day in the life series - HR Faculty Advisors. The inclusive College community
  6. The Diversity Challenge Workshop - Staff Office. Challenging Stereotypes
  7. Discovering women in science: series of film - WiSER. Challenging stereotypes.
  8. Rainbow Week - LGBT Society. Challenging Stereotypes
  9. Workshop series on Islam and Gender - School of Religion and Theology. Challenging stereotypes/gender equality.
  10. Access to College Life through Irish Sign Language - Centre for Deaf Studies. The inclusive College community
  11. Imagine Ireland in Black and White Blog. - Visiting Fellow/TAP. Challenging stereotypes
  12. May Day Anti-racism integrated workplace training. - Library/Supervisor. Dignity and Respect
  13. ASProject. - School of Psychology. The inclusive College community

Further details on the Equality Fund

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Breaking Stereotypes Exhibition

12 and 13 January 2009

The Atrium Gallery, Trinity College

Trinity College is hosting the Breaking Stereotypes Exhibition, a European Union campaign against discrimination. The exhibition is supported by the Equality Authority and the IUA Equality and Diversity Group, and will be travelling to the seven Irish University campus.

The posters on display showcased the work of art and design students from across the EU. A competition was organised to encourage artists and designers to produce posters that explore the positive impact of diversity and the negative effects of discrimination in the workplace. The exhibition was developed by the European Union “For Diversity, Against Discrimination” information campaign in 2006.

Why focus on stereotyping?

One of the reasons to focus on stereotyping is that there is a link between stereotyping and inequalities experienced by groups in terms of how they are treated by society and their recognition or status in society. Images are portrayed, assumptions are made and perspectives are communicated which serve to perpetuate myths, to limit the potential of particular groups or to shape expectations of particular groups. Furthermore, stereotyping can be used to justify social inequalities. Stereotyping has the power to influence the attitudes of decision-makers, employers, civil society and of the groups themselves towards particular groups.

Give Stereotypes the Boot

This exhibition formed part of the initiative “Give Stereotypes the Boot”: an action plan developed by the Equality Authority and community and voluntary groups to:

• Raise awareness and create understanding of stereotyping and of the negative impact of stereotyping for people across the nine grounds covered by the equality legislation;

• Promote new thinking about the way groups from the nine grounds are represented in a number of areas including education, employment, public service provision, the media and advertising;

• To identify and support ways in which stereotyping can be addressed by educators, employers, public sector service providers, the media and those in the advertising industry.

Challenging Stereotypes – University initiatives

College worked collaboratively with the other Irish universities on several initiatives in 2009 with the aim of challenging stereotypes.

An inter-university creative competition was held amongst staff and students.

International Women's Week 2009

A week of diverse events took place across College to celebrate International Women's Day 2009. There was lunchtime and evening activities from Tuesday 2 to Sunday 8 March.

International Women's Day 2009 was an opportunity for College to celebrate the contributions of women in different artistic and scientific fields and to recognize the role of both men and women in attaining equality of participation. Our programme brought together the efforts of different departments in College including activities supported by the Centre for Women in Science & Engineering Research (WiSER), the Science Gallery, the College Art Collection, the Mature Students Society and Officer, the School of Religions and Theology, Music and Media Technologies, CAPSL, Drama Studies and the Equality Officer.

Some of the highlights in the programme include:

  • 'Discovering Women in Science: Film Series' (Science Gallery, 3 and 5 March 2-6pm)
  • 'Careers in Government, Business and the Arts: a female perspective' (O'Reilly Institute, 4 March, 1-2pm)
  • 'Celebrating Irish Women Artists in the Trinity College Modern Art Collection' (East Dining Hall, 4 March, 5pm)
  • 'Gender, Islam and Human Rights: reflecting on feminist strategies of negotiation and resistance', The School of Religions and Theology (Arts Building, 3 March, 7pm)
  • 'Women in Science Reading Circle - Research, research, research?' (CAPSL, 5 March, 1-2pm)
  • Mature Students' 'Coffee and conversation morning' (The Atrium, 5 March, 10-12)
  • 'Inspiring Female Entrepreneurs', Trinity College Dublin Entrepreneurship Programme and WiSER (Science Gallery, 6 March 2-6pm)

And much much more!

Full International Women's Week Programme and bookings

There was also a celebratory aperitif in the Science Gallery on Friday 6th from 5 to 8pm - a chance to review the week's activities with some Italian tapas.

About International Women's Day

International Women's Day has been celebrated since 1911, for details about the history of International Women's Day see

Workshop on Setting Up LGBT Staff Networks in third level institutions

14 March, one day seminar

The UCC LGBT Staff Network had a one-day seminar on Saturday 14th March 2009, under the auspices of the IUA Equality Network, the aim of which is to bring together speakers from other Irish and UK LGBT staff networks to discuss the issues and benefits around forming such a group. There are many LGBT individuals working in the third level sector but very few supports directly targeted towards the needs of these staff members. LGBT staff networks are proving an effective means of establishing a safe communication medium between LGBT staff and employers.

 In particular, we shared experiences and opinions on the challenges for LGBT staff working within Irish third-level institutions and we discussed the possibility of forming a national group for mutual help and support.

Seminar Programme
Title: Setting up a Support Network for LGBT staff in the Workplace
Time: 09.30 – 17.00
Date: Saturday 14th March 2009
Venue: Glucksman Gallery UCC (morning)
Dunlea – Cork Gay Project Centre (afternoon)
Participants: LGBT and Equality Personnel from the seven Irish Universities

09.30 Welcome
Workshop 1 - How best to build an LGBT staff network by learning from the experience of networks in the private sector and in secondary level education in Ireland
10.00 Learning from the experiences of networks in the private sector and secondary education
Chair – Member of the UCC LGBT Network
11.30 Coffee Break

Workshop 2 - Specifics of LGBT networks in the higher education context focussing specifically on LGBT networks in higher education institutions in the UK
11.50 The UCC Experience Member of the UCC LGBT Network
12.15 Travel to Dunlea
12.45 Light Lunch (seated)
13.30 LGBT Networks - The Trade Union Experience
14.15 Presentation of research into best practice in the UK
15.00 LGBT staff network in a HEI in the UK
16.00 Break-out Session - The application of best practice in your workplace. Opportunity for participants to discuss and explore options available to them.
16.45 Review of the Day
17.00 Close & Social Networking

Contact: UCC LGBT network

Rainbow Week 2009

19-23 January

Rainbow Week is a campaign aimed to bring issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people into focus in the College community. Trinity's LGBT Society, with the support of the Equality Fund and the SU, presented this annual week of talks and fun activities.

Rainbow Week Programme

Supporting Staff with Disabilities: Guide for staff and managers LAUNCH

Tuesday 2 December

11.00 am The Atrium, Trinity College

The Provost and the Minister of State with responsibility for Labour Affairs, Mr Billy Kelleher T.D. launched the Supporting Staff with Disabilities: Guide for staff and managers, and the Code of Practice Applying to the Employment of People with Disabilities. College staff, managers and staff with disabilities were invited to attend.

Supporting Staff with Disabilities Guide for staff and managers

For more information on the College Disability Review, Code of Practice and Staff Disability Network see the Disability in College.

Staff Disability Network

Thursday 11 December, Room 3069 Arts Building

The Staff Disability Network held a lunchtime meeting on Thursday 11 December. This network was open to any staff in the university who consider themselves to have a disability or long term medical condition and wish to participate. Confidentiality is respected at all times in the network. For further details contact the Equality Officer (Tel 01 896 32 82).

Challenging Stereotypes Trinity finalists announced

15 April 2009

The winners of this year’s Trinity College Dublin Challenging Stereotypes Creative Competition were:

  • Student category: Rosaleen McDonagh i for her text entry ‘Consanguinity’
  • Staff Category: Helen Fisher for her text entry entitled ‘Bernadette’
  • Staff category runner up: Florence Dowling for the photograph ‘Sweet Diversity’.

The Challenging Stereotypes Creative competition is held locally in each university and the finalists proceed to the intervarsity judging. This year participants were asked to submit a text or visual entry, challenging stereotypes in relation to the nine equality grounds: gender, age, religion, ethnicity, disability, marital status, family status, sexual orientation and membership of the Traveller community. The aim of the competition is to challenge stereotypes and foster a positive approach to diversity within College and in the University sector as a whole. The overall intervarsity winners were announced at the Equality Authority on April 30th last.

“It was heartening to see the very considerable increase in participation from across College and the panel was impressed at the range of themes that were represented in the competition,” stated Chair of the Trinity Equality Committee and competition judge, Dr Sinead Ryan of the School of Mathematics. “The diversity and quality of the entries stimulated discussion amongst the panel and made for a challenging but rewarding judging process. The winning entries attracted the panel's attention with unexpected observations, eye-catching graphics and thoughtful prose that went to the heart of the Challenging Stereotypes competition. It was a pleasure to be involved”.
Trinity College’s Equality Officer, Karen Campus said: “There is a link between stereotyping and the inequalities experienced by groups in terms of how they are treated by society. Through images and perpetuating myths stereotyping shapes our assumptions and expectations of certain groups can be used to justify social inequalities or even lead to discrimination. This competition provides an opportunity to challenge our perceptions and expectations focussing on the nine equality grounds. It is an opportunity to raise a positive awareness of the diversity of staff and students in College and foster a collegiate environment.”

The TCD judging panel, Chair of the Equality Committee, Dr Sinead Ryan, Student Union Welfare Officer, Orlaith Foley and Professor of English, Stephen Matterson, considered staff and student entries, and welcomed the increased participation in this second creative competition sponsored by the Equality Authority and the IUA Equality and Diversity Group.

The IUA Equality and Diversity Group, constituted in 2007, is comprised of Equality Officers from the universities in the Republic of Ireland and meets regularly to share good practice and develop joint initiatives, including this competition. The Equality Authority is the coordinator of the European Year of Equal Opportunities For All Legacy Funding, which has enabled this initiative.