On Friday 23 February, UEA hosted its first ever ‘Diversity Day’ in the LCR. The event coincided with the Do Something Different Week festival and LGBT+ History month.

For students, the event was an opportunity to ask questions, watch film clips, view a mini-exhibition and watch UEA’s African Caribbean Society dance.

The main objective was to raise awareness of equality issues and encourage students to embrace different interests. The event also taught attendees more about UEA’s newly received ‘University of Sanctuary’ status, which was awarded for the university’s commitment to offering support and aid to those in need.

On the same day, UEA’s Straight Allies group also launched, as part of LGBT+ History month. The university said this project “underpins UEA’s work on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index and is being adopted across the higher education sector.”

In order to kick start UEA’s Straight Allies initiative, the first 100 people who signed up received free merchandise.