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 Upcoming events

FEBRUARY 2018  
Wednesday 21 February

13:00 - 14:00

 

Women@reading Network event

Build Your Own Boardroom with Dr Zella King

This event is open to all colleagues, irrespective of gender. As this event runs 13:00 - 14:00, please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked via the ESS training portal.

For more information about our Women@Reading Network, please visit our Diversity and Equality Networks page.   

Wednesday 21 February

14:00 - 16:00

Palmer 106, Whiteknights Campus

 

Trans Awareness Training

Booking is open again for the popular Trans Awareness Training, led by Rosemary Taylor, a former student in the Institute of Education.

This session looks at the range and variety of people who identify in one way or another as Transgender. The variables of gender, sexuality and other aspects are explored and explained, including: What it is like to be Trans; Coming Out; Being Trans in Public; Being Trans at work; How do staff react to trans people? All with time for discussion, questions and answers.

Booking and further details:

For staff: via the ESS training portal 

For students: please email s.oflynn@reading.ac.uk  

Saturday 24 February

14:00

Victoria Gallery, Reading Museum

Talks at Two: a series of talks organised by SupportU during the four Saturdays of LGBT History Month.

An Audience with Sophie LaBelle

Sophie is the author of the widely acclaimed Assigned Male comics and will be taking time out of her UK tour to visit us.

To book please see the Reading Museum Website.

Friday 9 March

18:00 - 20:30

The event will be followed by a drinks reception until 20:30

G10, Henley Business School,
Whiteknights Campus

Jessica Lynn's Transgender Journey 

International speaker and outspoken advocate for transgender issues, Jessica Lynn is renowned around the globe for her dynamic, refreshingly honest speaking style and ongoing tour series. Lynn is consistently in demand at many of the world's biggest universities, zigzagging the planet from college to college in an effort to educate and inform students on her own experiences as a parent living as a transgender woman.

As the former president of Your True Gender, a non-profit based in California, and now  a Global Ambassador to the Kinsey Institute, Lynn also helps coordinate workshops and conferences. Her position in life has left her uniquely qualified to testify to the hardships as well as the ultimate fulfillment of gender transition, in legal standing and in her personal life. Her last conference, which she led in October 2015, brought leading experts in medicine, psychology, and legality to bridge an extensive array of subject matter to thousands of attendees from across the US. Currently, she is in the process of organising a 2 day conference for November 2018 with The Kinsey Institute to help share knowledge of the transgender and non-binary communities with researchers from universities around the world.

Lynn is a loving parent, fiercely dedicated to her children. Her mission in educating students on her story is to reunite with her youngest son, who after a botched Texas court ruling, was taken from her due to her transgender status. She is an advocate, educator, and parent who is actively engaged in pressing conversations surrounding the transgender experience.

Listeners can attest to the often personal connections they have made with her, experiencing a full range of emotions. Her signature Q&A session is almost unheard of, in that no trans subject is ever off-limits. The takeaway is a meaningful, rich understanding of the issues at hand that no book or article can truly convey.

For staff: via the ESS training portal or email Alina Tryfonidou a.tryfonidou@reading.ac.uk

Tuesday 20 March

13:00 - 14:00

 Women@reading Network event

Thinking Fast and Slow with Professor Patricia Riddell

This event is open to all colleagues, irrespective of gender. As this event runs 13:00 - 14:00, please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked via the ESS training portal.

For more information about our Women@Reading Network, please visit our Diversity and Equality Networks page.   

Thursday 3 May

13:00 - 14:00

 

Women@reading Network event

Mindfulness at Work with Jenny Robinson

This event is open to all colleagues, irrespective of gender. As this event runs 13:00 - 14:00, please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked via the ESS training portal.

For more information about our Women@Reading Network, please visit our Diversity and Equality Networks page.   

Tuesday 29 May

13:00 - 14:00

Women@reading Network event

Women in the Army with Colonel Colette MacDonald OBE

This event is open to all colleagues, irrespective of gender. As this event runs 13:00 - 14:00, please feel free to bring your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Places can be booked via the ESS training portal.

For more information about our Women@Reading Network, please visit our Diversity and Equality Networks page.   

NEWS

University achieves highest ever Stonewall ranking

The University has achieved its highest ever ranking in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2018.

In rankings announced to mark the start of LGBT History Month, we were placed 138 out of the 434 employers that entered this year's index.

Read full article >>>

 

University's new Pro-Vice-Chancellors appointed as a job-share

Professors Parveen Yaqoob and Dominik Zaum have been appointed, in a job-share arrangement, as the University’s new Pro-Vice-Chancellors for Research and Innovation.

Read full article >>>

Diversity diary

February 2018  
Wednesday 28th  Taanit Ester (Jewish religious holidays)
March 2018   
Thursday 1st  Purim (Jewish religious holidays)
Friday 2nd  Shushan Purim (Jewish Religious holidays)
Thursday 8th  International Women's Day; Women's Day (China)
Friday 30th  Erev Pesach (Jewish Religious holidays); Good Friday (United Kingdom)
Saturday 31st  Pesach (Jewish religious holidays)
April 2018  
Sunday 1st  Easter Day (United Kingdom)
Sunday 1st - Saturday 7th  Pesach (Jewish Religious Holidays)
Thursday 12th  Lailat al-Ma'raj (Islamic religious holidays)
Sunday 29th / Monday 30th   Lailat al-Baraat (Islamic religious holidays)

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