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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity Calendar 2018/19

Published: 8 January 2019

Equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the University's strategy and our aspirations to be a leading university. This calendar of events will be updated by the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team - with contributions from members across the University.

DateEvent TitleSummaryGroups



Bisexual Visibility Day Marked every year since 1999 to highlight bi-phobia and to raise awareness of and celebrate the bisexuality community Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
25 Southampton Pride A community led Pride to celebrate the diverse LGBT+ community of Southampton. Network members, students and friends are welcome to join the parade with University of Southampton branded t-shirts, a banner and rainbow lanyards Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network, SUSU, Southampton Pride



Pulse LGBT+ Breakfast Every 3 months we hold a seasonal network breakfast. Come along and meet network members - you can bring your own breakfast or purchase a cooked one on site Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
tbc Bunfight An event where all different societies at the University of Southampton aim to attract new students. Theano Network will be hosting a stall to recruit new students to their Network Students' Union



Black History Month Black History Month event to celebrate the achievements, culture, and history of black people. The Shine BAME Staff Network will co-host a 'Stop and Search' event with SUSU and participate in the Southampton City Council Black History Month Launch Shine BAME Staff Network, SUSU, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton City Council
Throughout the year Rainbow lanyards

We encourage staff to wear a rainbow lanyard to show our colleagues and students that the University is LGBT+ inclusive. 

"By being a supporter of the LGBT+ community, you can contribute towards a positive working environment, where collegiality is visible and helps show the University is a place where we celebrate diversity and inclusion" Sir Christopher Snowden, Vice Chancellor

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
9 The stories of successful women in Physical Sciences

Join us for the FEPS Ade Lovelace Symposium to listen to stories of women that shaped some of the subjects in the new Faculty. Talk will be at general interest level, so no need to worry if you're not familiar to the topic. There will be a chance to meet with colleagues and share your own stories over lunch as well. 

We will also have a short session aimed at sharing stories in your subject area and considering how they might be incorporated into your teaching.

11 International Coming Out Day An awareness day with emphasis on coming out to family, friends and colleagues, and living life as an openly LGBT+ person; to discourage ignorance, homophobia and oppression by talking openly about one's identity.  Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
18 Our Curriculum: Is it diverse? - Race Equality Charter inaugural event

All staff and students are invited to our inaugural Race Equality Charter event. This event forms part of our Black History Month celebrations and will explore diversity in the curriculum with a focus on race equality. All attendees will have an opportunity to hear from a panel of speakers to discuss pros and cons of various methods of institutional decolonisation in a question time format. The panel will include external guest speakers, university academics and student representatives. 

Suggestions made at the event will feed into future project initiatives and the University Equality Charters. 

SUSU, Shine BAME Staff Network
25 Social Impact Leader Speaker Series: At the end of the rainbow - where next?

S. Chelvan is a globally recognised legal expert on refugee and human rights claims based on sexual, or gender identity and expression. Chelvan views his role is that of a story-teller and interpreter, translating his client's narratives into the foreign language called the law, but to do so, establishing the safe space in order to be able to tell their stories

Social Impact Lab
27 Diwali

Diwali celebration with fireworks and cultural dances

Verdic Society Hindu Temple
November Mens' Mental Health Campaign

A campaign spread across the month of November to take notice of men's health, physical health and the benefit of exercise.

Health and Safety, Student Services, SUSU, University Wellbeing Champions
1 Breaking the silence of baby loss

Following 'Baby Loss Awareness  Week' held from 9-15 October every year, this event aims to raise awareness about the key issues and support parents and carers. 

Every day in the UK, 15 babies die before, during or shortly after birth. In this session we will hear from bereaved parents to gain an understanding of their experiences of baby loss. 

Parents' and Carers Network
12-18 Interfaith Week

An event to build a good relationship and working partnerships between different people of different faiths, beliefs and no religious beliefs

Faith and Reflection Centre, Equality Diversity and Inclusion Team
14 Inspiring children, parents and carers to read together

We welcome Anne Wan, author of imaginative children's adventure and independent publisher, to share how she encourages children to read, to inspire them as writers and to generate an excitement about books. 

All parents and carers interested in encouraging their children to discover and enjoy reading are welcome. There will also be a children's book sale, very timely for Christmas presents!

Parents and Carers Network
20 Fly the Flag for Transgender Awareness Week

The University with SUSU raised the trans flag on Transgender Day pf Remembrance. This was a campaign organised by Chrysalis to make a stand against transphobia and promote acceptance, diversity and inclusiveness. 

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
21 Dementia Friendly Session

The Parents' and Carers' Network are pleased to be working with Alzheimer's Society Dementia Friendly programme. 

This is an initiative to change people's perceptions of dementia. It aims to transform the way the nation thinks, acts and talks about the condition. The University recently registered as a Dementia Friends organisation.

Val Down, a volunteer Dementia Friends Champion, will be holding an hour long information session to increase our understanding dementia, and to encourage us to think about what we can do to make a difference to people affected by dementia in our community. As well as being an information session there will be an opportunity to share experiences and ask questions. 

Parents' and Carers' Staff Network



Rock the Ribbon World AIDS Day is a national event to raise awareness to help fight HIV. The Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network and LGBT+ Student Society will host a stall with information, cakes, and ribbons on sale Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network, LGBT+ Student Society
1-31 Disability History Month An event raising awareness of disabled people and celebrating their contributions Disability Working Group, SUSU
5 International Day of Persons with Disabilities Series of activities and information stalls promoting disability equality Disability Working Group, SUSU
5 First Aid for infants and troddlers

The Parents' and Carers Network are pleased to welcome back Sam Beaty to provide information about First Aid for infants and toddlers. 

Sam is a registered Paramedic with a number of years' experience working in the Ambulance Service. 

All staff are welcome to this session that aims to provide a brief look at recognising and dealing with a sick child, including some common childhood ailments and accidents, you will also have the opportunity to try some hands on resuscitation! 

Parents and Carers Network 
5 Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network Breakfast

Every 3 months we hold a seasonal network breakfast at 8am.

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
16 Jingle Bell Jazz Family Concert

Following on from the fantastic Easter Bunny Hop in Spring, join us for a jazz filled Christmas special, Jingle Bell Jazz! 

ABC Concerts will get you into the festive spirits with all your favourite Christmas melodies played by the Jingle Bell Jazz Band. You will dance, wriggle, clap, cheer and sing your way through this interactive and fun concert for the whole family! 

Suitable for age 2-5: all ages welcome. 

Turner Sims / Parents and Carers Staff Network



LGBT History Month Launch Join the University of Southampton Vice-Chancellor and the President of the LGBT+ Society o raise the LGBT flag and mark the beginning of LGBT History Month. Pulse LGBT Staff Network


Rainbow handprints Show your support to LGBT+ equality by putting your rainbow handprint to the display led by SUSU LGBT+ Student Society at the Refreshers Bunfight  


Kung Fu Hustle Free screening open to all. The film will be shown in Mandarin with English subtitles. SUSU


Children's Mental Health Week

In support of 'Children's Mental Health Week' and to highlight the importance of children's mental health, we welcome Lorraine Lee who will be providing one of her educational, inspiring and thought provoking talks. 

Lorraine has a background in child development and child psychology and is a Professional Parenting Practitioner. She worked with parents, teachers and children for over 16 years. 

Parents and Carers Staff Network


Love, Simon (Film Screening)

Simon Spier keeps a huge secret from his family, his friends and all of his classmates: he's gay. When that secret is threatened, Simon must face everyone and come to terms with his identity

SUSU Union Films


Lunar New Year with SUSU

SUSU will be giving away free Chinese food on the Concourse (outside Building 42) to celebrate Lunar New Year



Rapid HIV testing

Give HIV the finger - a finger prick test is all it takes! For immediate, confidential results Solent NHS Trust are offering rapid HIV testing on campus



"Moonlight" Film screening

A chronicle of the childhood, adolescence and burgeoning adulthood of a young, African-American, gay man growing up in a rough neighborhood of Miami

SUSU Union Films
14  LGBT+ lanyards

We encourage staff to wear a rainbow lanyard to show our colleagues and students that the University is inclusive. 

"By being a supporter of the LGBT+ community, you can contribute towards a positive working environment, where collegiality is visible and helps show the University is a place where we celebrate diversity and inclusion." Sir Christopher Snowden - President and Vice Chancellor 

Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
14 Lunar New Year Event by the Shine BAME Staff Network to celebrate Lunar New Year Shine BAME Staff Network
17 Lantern Festival Parade Come celebrate Chinese New Year with some dragon dancing, lion dancing, build your own lantern, tai chi, Chinese dance and meet Mr Panda and Hello Kitty. Activities start from 3pm on Guildhall Square, including lantern walking parade (with LED lights) starting at 5pm from the Gallery. All welcomed. John Hansard Gallery, Southampton City Council, University of Southampton, Chinese Association of Southampton
23 Annual Stonewall Lecture This is event is part of the annual series of lectures organised by the School of Humanities. In this lively lecture Professor Bruce R. Smith will explore the stages and vagaries of the transition in the meanings of "queer". Please rsvp here to confirm your attendance Hampshire Pride
21 Hampshire Pride Hampshire will be hosting it's 5 Pride. You can find more information here. Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
27 Queer Britain's Marathon "Queer Britain" marathon is brought to you by Sustainability Stories and Union Films. Presented by Youtuber and journalist Riyadh Khalaf, Queer Britain gets under the skin of queer culture and shines a light on the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.  Union Films



Pulse LGBT+ Breakfast Every 3 months we hold a seasonal network breakfast. Come along and meet other network members - you can bring your own breakfast or purchase a cooked one on site Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network


Women's Health Matters A campaign spread across the month of March to take notice of women's health. To raise awareness of the specific issues relating to women's mental health and physical health and the benefits of exercise University Wellbeing
3-9 LGBT+ Adoption and Fostering Week  Sharing information around LGBT+ adoption  Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
International Women's Day

International Women's Day celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. They day also marks a call to action to accelerate gender equality. 

SUSU will be having a representation from UK Parliament to deliver a 2 hour workshop on women, parliament, and empowering women to use their voice. This will be held from 12-2 in the SUSU Boardroom.

WiSET, Arts and Libraries, SUSU
8 Olivia Chaney

Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney makes a very welcome return to Turner Sims. 

Her voice holds the purity, tension, dignity and sorrow of heritage full of songs about lost love and cruel fate. But in her quiet way, she's radical. New York Times

Book tickets here

Turner Sims
12-17 Fostering Care Fortnight Raise awareness of fostering, and encouraging individuals to share their personal experience Parents' and Carers' Staff Network, Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
31 International Transgender  International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual event dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide. Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network



Annual Campbell Lecture The Campbell Lecture represents a key part of our visibility project to showcase the high quality of women scientists both internationally and at Southampton at all stages of their careers. It is names in honour of Ishbell Campbell (1906-1997) who was one of the founding academics of the University of Southampton, a reader in Chemistry as well as a committed teacher and inspiration for women in science. WiSET



Wellfest: Mental Health Awareness Week In celebration of Mental Awareness Week, Enabling Services will be running WellFest - a celebration of all things wellbeing. Join us for mindfulness sessions, workshops, activities and much more! Student Services
8-14  Mental Health Awareness Week Event to commemorate National Awareness Week about having honest conversations on mental health Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network, Health and Safety and Risk, Wellbeing Champions, Student Services
17 International Day against Homophobia Transphobia and Biphobia International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT+ people internationally. Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network



Pulse LGBT+ Breakfast Seasonal breakfast with the LGBT+ Staff Network Pulse LGBT+ Staff Network
4-5 Eid-ulFitr An event to celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month Shine BAME Staff Network
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