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Equality and Diversity Officer

Isabel Watts

As Equality and Diversity Officer, I will listen and communicate with all students at the University and students of diverse backgrounds directly regarding their concerns on inclusion and their equal access to resources.

Throughout the year I will coordinate campaigns that make students of all genders, abilities, classes, ages, beliefs, races, cultures, sexualities feel celebrated and allied and to aid in decolonising campus culture.

In my role, this year I will...

  • I will listen to students of diverse backgrounds directly regarding their concerns on inclusion and their equal access to resources. I will attend networks and conferences on behalf of students and provide information on discussions and decisions made.
  • Assist in problem solving and act as a support for students facing any issues of inclusion and equity. In my role, I will act as the main representative on equality and diversity issues and shape the Students Union's response to research and issues highlighted at the University.
  • Run campaigns that make students of all genders, abilities, classes, ages, beliefs, races, cultures, sexualities feel celebrated and allied and to aid in decolonising campus culture. This will not only give diverse students the emotional support of being recognised and valued, but will result in concrete strides towards an inclusive environment.
  • Attending regular meetings with Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Manager Justine Gillespie;
  • Working on creating an online social media presence on Facebook, including inviting and supporting students to join online networks;
  • Creating an anonymous survey to gather research and data from lecturers on their thoughts on inequality in their field of study;
  • Supporting students during lockdown, ensuring students welfare remains respectful and confidential.

Contact:

e: isabel.watts@sunderland.ac.uk / Isabel Watts

"I will listen to students of diverse backgrounds directly regarding their concerns on inclusion and their equal access to resources".