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Embracing Diversity: Cardiff’s Commitment to LGBT+ Inclusivity

28 February 2024
Photo by Mercedes Mehling on Unsplash
Photo by Mercedes Mehling on Unsplash

Hey there, fellow Cardiffians! As we flip the calendar to February, not only are we greeted by the promise of spring but also the vibrant celebration of LGBT+ History Month. It’s more than just a month; it’s a tribute to the courage, struggles, and triumphs of the LGBT+ community throughout history. Cardiff University isn’t just participating; we’re leading the charge in inclusivity and support for our LGBT+ family. So, let’s talk about what makes Cardiff Uni a rainbow-coloured beacon of diversity and support.

Stonewall Champions: Beyond the Badge

As Cardiff’s status as a Stonewall Diversity Champion shines on, our commitment to LGBT+ inclusion scales new heights in 2024. Fresh from the insights of Stonewall’s London Workplace Conference, where Europe’s brightest converge to redefine workplace inclusivity, we carry back actionable knowledge and network-driven momentum. Securing a top spot among universities in the Workplace Equality Index is not where we stop; it’s where we leap forward. This year, we’re not just listed; we’re active participants in shaping the future of LGBT+ advocacy, drawing from the latest best practices and transformative ideas discussed among thought leaders and changemakers. Cardiff stands as a beacon, not just for today’s students, but as a herald for tomorrow’s inclusive future.

Cardiff University Pride: Your Inclusive LGBT+ Hub

Let’s talk about getting together! Cardiff University Pride, our vibrant LGBT+ Society, is the pulsing heart of our social scene. Looking for a night out sparkling with excitement, or a quiet coffee chat among friends? Cardiff University Pride ensures there’s a place for every face. Our events go beyond just the where and when; they’re crafted to be welcoming, inclusive, and varied – including options for those who prefer non-alcoholic gatherings. We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach; we’re about celebrating the full kaleidoscope of our community!

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LGBT+ Association: Advocacy in Action

Advocacy is key, and our LGBT+ Association is the voice amplifying our students’ needs and rights. They’re the movers and shakers, working tirelessly with the Students’ Union to make sure your university life is safe, enjoyable, and discrimination-free. Through awareness campaigns and lobbying for policy change, they’re not just changing the narrative – they’re rewriting the script for inclusivity.

Enfys: The Rainbow Network

And there’s Enfys, our pride and joy for staff and postgraduate students. This award-winning network isn’t just about recognising our diverse community; it’s about taking a stand – from LGBT History Month to IDAHO and Cardiff Pride. They’re not just part of the conversation; they’re leading it, decked out in all the colours of the rainbow.

Your Support System: Always Here for You

Lastly, let’s talk about support. Our Student Support Centre is the safety net you can always count on. Confidential advice, a supportive ear, or just a place to be yourself – the Centre is your go-to. Because at Cardiff, we believe in supporting you in every way possible, ensuring your student life is not just memorable but truly meaningful.

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So there you have it, folks! From Stonewall accolades to everyday support, Cardiff University is dedicated to fostering an environment where everyone can thrive, regardless of how they identify. As we celebrate LGBT+ History Month, let’s remember that here at Cardiff, every month is a reason to celebrate our diverse community. Here’s to making every day a chapter in our ongoing history of inclusivity!