Promoting Multiculturalism in UCD

UCD is committed to creating an environment where diversity is celebrated and everyone is treated fairly regardless of gender, age, race, disability, ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, civil status, family status, membership of the travelling community or socio-economic status. As a University committed to advancing society, UCD continues to work to address discrimination to eradicate it through education, research and wider social engagement.

Read the full statement on UCD's commitment to addressing racism and discrimination. 

UCD Multicultural Group

A Subgroup of the UMT Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group, the Multicultural Group was established in 2018 with the aim to promote intercultural awareness and multiculturalism in UCD. The EDI Multicultural Group focuses on a number of key areas, including:

  • Promoting Multiculturalism
  • Intercultural Awareness 
  • Race / Ethnicity 
  • Staff Mobility
  • Languages
  • Faith / Religion

See the EDI Groups page for the Multicultural Group Terms of Reference, membership and prorgramme of work. 

Multicultural Employee Network at UCD (MENU)

As one of their key priorities, the EDI Multicultural group helped set up MENU, an employee network for multicultural employees and those interested in other cultures. MENU was launched in 2019 and currently counts 200+ members. The aim of MENU is to support International employees and to help integrate them into the UCD Community and beyond by providing a space for them to network and exchange ideas. Find out more about MENU on the EDI Networks page and by visiting the MENU website and following their Twitter page

Race & Ethnic Equality

There are numerous new and ongoing initiatives in UCD to support race equality and eliminate discrimination, inlcuding reporting mechanisms, supports networks, teaching & learning initiatives and working groups. Visit UCD's Race and Ethnic Equality page to find out more and get involved. 

Dignity & Respect at UCD

UCD strives to promote an environment for work and study which upholds the dignity and respect of the individual and which supports every individual’s right to study and/or work in an environment which is free of any form of harassment, intimidation or bullying. ‌There are a number of supports in place for employees and students experiencing bullying and/or harassment, and there are a range of options (both informal and formal) available in an attempt to resolve the issue. Find out more about Dignity & Respect at UCD on the EDI Supports page

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Resources and Useful Links:

  • Equality Diversity & Inclusion Strategy and Action Plan
  • UCD Guide on embedding Equality Diversity and Inclusion and promoting the visibility of underrepresented groups in UCD
  • Diverse Voices: An intercultural awareness and student support training guide for employees working with international students, produced by the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS). UCD is an ICOS member organisation, therefore any UCD staff member can gain access to the Members Area and download a copy of this toolkit (available for a limited time only)
  • Internationalisation at Home: Blog article by Elspeth Jones and Tanja Reiffenrath about ways to integrate global perspectives within programmes of study