Cardiff University joins Stonewall Cymru to champion workplace LGB equality and diversity


Stonewall Cymru is delighted to announce that Cardiff University has joined the Stonewall Diversity Champions Cymru employers' forum ahead of its launch in Wales on 14th November. Jane Hutt, Minister for Business and Equality, will host 50 of Wales' top diversity employers at the launch in the National Assembly.  The Home Office, BT and the Welsh Development Agency will discuss their work towards LGB equality in the workplace.

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Professor Teresa Rees says, 'We want to ensure Cardiff University is the first choice for lesbian, gay and bisexual students and staff.  Stonewall Diversity Champions Cymru enables employers to develop and share best practice to create safe and culturally diverse workplaces where LGB staff and students can thrive'.

Dr Alison Parken, Director, Stonewall Cymru said 'I am so pleased we can now offer employers in Wales expertise through the Diversity Champions programme, and think it absolutely fitting that Cardiff University is leading the way by pursuing the guidance the programme offers employers.

Thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff in Wales' workplaces still live dual lives.  They fear 'coming out' could result in harassment, malicious rumours and detrimental affects on their careers. A diverse workplace environment is one which embraces difference and as a result learns from the diversity of its staff to create a dynamic environment where everyone can fully contribute'.

Only just pipped to being the first member of DCC, is the Welsh Assembly Government's Human Resources Directorate which has joined DCC to add depth and breadth to their corporate recruitment and retention strategies.

Bernard Galton, HR Director, says "The National Assembly for Wales takes diversity and equality in the workforce very seriously and genuinely want to be seen as an inclusive organisation.  We have commissioned research this year to identify perceptions of the Assembly as an employer and feel more knowledgeable about the concerns and views of under represented groups including the LGBT community. Clearly there is always more we can do and we believe by becoming one of Stonewall' Cymru's Diversity Champions we can make those improvements in partnership with them and with the benefit of their expertise."


For more information about Diversity Champions Cymru and the launch visit:

http://www.stonewallcymru.org.uk

Or telephone Dr Alison Parken on 029 20 237744.


For all media enquires please contact Matthew Batten on 029 20 237744 or email matthew.batten@stonewall.org.uk


Notes for Editors

1. Stonewall Cymru is the Wales equality group for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people. Visit www.stonewallcymru.org.uk for more information.

 


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