UWE sponsors Pride Bristol

Issue date: 13 July 2011

The University of the West of England is sponsoring Pride Bristol 2011 on 16 July. The event will celebrate the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities across the South West in the spirit of diversity. Pride Bristol 2011 culminates in a one day festival at Castle Park on Saturday 16 July following a week of diverse cultural events. As one of Pride partners, UWE has a stall in the Community Tent at the event.

UWE's Equality and Diversity Champion, Professor Ron Ritchie, Assistant Vice- Chancellor, Partnerships, Diversity and Civic Engagement, said, “UWE's strong commitment to becoming an inclusive University must not be compromised in these challenging times. We believe that an inclusive University benefits all students and staff and we are proud of our diverse university community. I regard UWE's sponsorship of Pride as one of the important ways in which we demonstrate our commitment to diversity and promote UWE as an inclusive, accessible and welcoming learning community.”

UWE's strong commitment to LGBT equality has been strengthened by joining the Stonewall Diversity Champion programme and the University has been working closely with Stonewall and stakeholders to review and develop the University's LGBT equality action plan.

Colin Offler, President, and Louise Goux-Wirth, Vice President Community and Welfare, of UWE Students' Union said, “The Students' Union is proud to say that we, hand in hand with UWE, support Pride; not just in Bristol, but across the globe. Equality, diversity and inclusivity are core to everything we do within our Students' Union because of its great importance in our society as well as the importance of the welfare of our students. LGBT events like Bristol Pride demonstrate the fact that we live in a vastly enriching and cultural society. However, it also highlights the evermore important fact that we should never fear from talking, sharing and contributing to that culture and that we should celebrate in doing so.”

Dr Anna Rutherford, Director of Pride Bristol, said “Pride festivals are hugely beneficial to society in improving social cohesion and understanding of diversity, and creating a sense of community. Pride events also provide vulnerable young LGBT people with role models and confidence, factors which are extremely important during their development. We are extremely grateful to UWE for their sponsorship, and for the support given by their staff and students. We think UWE do excellent work in public engagement and we are extremely proud to work with such a well-reputed and forward-thinking institution as UWE on Pride Bristol 2011, and look forward to building upon this year's success into the future.”

For more information www.pridebristol.org


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