One Sunderland

Hi, welcome to the One Sunderland page - a space dedicated to celebrating Equality and Diversity at the University of Sunderland Students' Union.

I am sure you are familiar with these two words… ‘Equality’ and ‘Diversity’ which have become part of our global society. Quite recently, the outgoing President of the United states of America, Barack Obama in his farewell address, noted that inequality is one of the major factors upsetting the smooth running of any society. Diversity on its own has being singled out as a key to having a better, knitted community leading to a stronger nation. Equality and diversity issues did not just emerge in modern day, they have always been known and existed in society.

This issue of equality and diversity has always been on the minds of great people who understood its direct impact on people. From Winston Churchill to Nelson Mandela to Oprah Winfrey to Ronald Reagan to Wole Soyinka to Mahatma Ghandi to Malala Yousafzai - all agreed that the importance of equality and diversity in our world cannot be over emphasised.

It is a fact that no man or woman was born the same way, whether rich or poor, able or disabled, male or female, nevertheless the value of our life is the same. Let’s put it this way, we all need food, drinks and air to survive, we all wear clothes, we all came into the word in the same way. What brings about our slight differences is the situation/circumstances surrounding our birth, the paths we chose as we grow up, our mentality and several unique plays on human existence authored by the mother ‘Nature’.

However as much as we reiterate that we are equal, we are all different and unique in our ways, and these differeences are things that we can and should celebrate. Diversity is all about identifying and bringing together all our uniqueness to create a better world for us and generations to come.

On this page, you will find information about the work YOUR Students' Union is involved in to promote equality and diversity across our University, our City and beyond. There will be regular articles written by students as well as profiles of students from our student community from a wide range of diverse backgrounds - each with their own unique story to share. If you would be interested in contributing your story, or helping to shape the work that the Students' Union does in this area, please do get in touch - I'd love to hear from you!

Olugbenga S. Oyeniyi

Equality and Diversity Officer

Olugbenga.oyeniyi@sunderland.ac.uk 

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