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Global Diversity Champions and Higher Education

Advancing LGBT Equality in Transnational Higher Education

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world.

Consensual same-sex activity remains illegal in over 70 countries and is punishable by death in eight. Only a few countries allow trans people to change their gender without prohibitive medical requirements, such as sterilisation.

At the same time, the UK HE transnational education (TNE) sector is growing. Institutions are sending more staff and students overseas than ever before, many of whom will be LGBT. It’s crucial these staff and students are fully supported by their institutions when working in different legal, social and cultural situations.

Internationalisation in the HE sector raises some pressing questions:

  • What are the risks and opportunities for diversity and inclusion in international partnerships? At what point should they be assessed?
  • As civic institutions, how should the values of the institution be upheld when working internationally?
  • How do institutions meet their equality duties and ensure the safety and well-being of those travelling overseas for work or study?
  • How can institutions ensure the well-being of LGBT staff and students arriving in the UK? What is the institution’s role in preparing them for challenges they may face when returning home?
  • To what extent might institutions market themselves internationally as LGBT inclusive to attract prospective students?
  • To what extent could or should institutions be advocating for LGBT equality worldwide?

Navigating LGBT equality and inclusion transnationally can be complex and the answers to these questions are not always straightforward. However, Stonewall is well placed to help.

As Europe’s largest LGBT charity, we maintain a range of international professional partnerships across varied sectors and work with civil society organisations all over the world. We also understand the challenges HE institutions face when making sure they are LGBT inclusive for both staff and students.

Our Global Diversity Champions programme gives you the tools and support you need to meet these challenges. The programme recognises the variety of TNE delivery models and does not attempt a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. Instead, we’ll work with you in your specific contexts to develop the solutions that are right for you.

What you'll receive

Expertise and resources:

  • Your dedicated account manager will help you devise inclusive global policies and practices in different legal and cultural contexts.
  • We’ll review your policies and support mechanisms when operating transnationally and across international branch campuses.
  • We’ll guide you through our country briefings, giving you in-depth information on the LGBT legal and cultural situation in hotspot countries.

Benchmarking and assessment:

  • Stonewall’s Global Workplace Equality Index is the definitive benchmarking tool used by global organisations to measure their progress on LGBT inclusion across the world.
  • Participating Global Diversity Champions will receive in-depth, tailored feedback on their submission.
  • Complementing the Index, our Global Higher Education Framework lays out objectives for institutions to work towards and an action plan to guide this work.

Networking and events:

  • You’ll gain access to our vibrant network of more than 120 organisations.
  • You’ll have the chance to meet peers from across the university sector.
  • You’ll receive discounted rates on conferences and be able to attend our free seminars, hosted across the UK.

Visibility and branding

  • You’ll be able to use our logo and branding.
  • When you’re ready, you’ll have the opportunity to be profiled in our best-practice guides and speak at our events. 

Join the programme

With your help, we’ll continue to work towards a world where every single lesbian, gay, bi and trans person is accepted without exception. 

Join the programme by contacting our team on +44(0)20 7593 3473, or alternatively fill in the form below and one of our team will be in touch shortly with more information.

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