EDI Events 2021/22

Keep up to date with current EDI events:

Listen, Learn, Connect: Supporting Employees Undergoing Fertility Treatment in UCD

Employees who have experience of fertility treatment are invited to attend a session to share experiences in a relaxed environment and contribute to the development of workplace supports for employees. 

Professor Torres Sweeney, Vice Principal for Equality, Diversity & Inclusion, College of Health and Agricultural Sciences, UCD will open this session, followed by an overview of supports from Caitriona Fitzpatrick, Chair of National Infertility Support and Information Group.

Facilitators: are a mixture of those with experience of undergoing fertility treatment, representatives and support and the EDI Unit are hosting this session.  

Who should attend? This session is specifically intended for employees who have undergone or undergoing fertility treatment or are supporting a partner undergoing fertility treatment to share lived experiences and contribute to the development of workplace supports for employees. If you do not identify with one of the categories outlined above, but you have an interest in the area, please join the mailing list instead. UCD EDI Unit will email you about relevant future information events, updates and opportunities to contribute to the development of supports and guidance by contacting edi@ucd.ie and registering your interest.

When: Tuesday, 21st June, 11:30-13:00

Where: UCD Campus, location details will be sent to registrants following booking.

Register: click here

Website: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | Supporting Employees Undergoing Fertility Treatment (ucd.ie)

If you have any dietary requirements or access requirements, please contact edi@ucd.ie in advance of the session.  

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EDI Workshop: #MeToo and the University

Date: 3pm, 21st January 

Venue: Room NT2 (Newman Building)

Facilitators: Dr Dawn Campbell (University of South Carolina) and Dr Cormac O’Brien (School of English, Drama and Film; UCD)

#MeToo is a seismic movement that has empowered people across the world to break the silence around sexual assault and harassment. This 90-minute interactive workshop will encourage participants to interrogate the impact of this movement on the university in terms of teaching and learning, research and the campus community. Participants will undertake activities, such as group discussions and role plays, in order to discuss themes such as gender expression, consent and harassment, all of which are relevant to our understanding and protection of our chosen gender and sexuality.

Through this workshop, which is open to both students and staff, we invite you to help create a more welcoming and inclusive campus environment, in which both students and staff feel that they belong and can actively participate. This workshop will be of particular interest to faculty whose teaching and learning engages with social justice movements. It will also demonstrate the benefits of critically analyzing online material in the classroom, supporting teaching staff in developing ideas about utilizing digital material in order to spark debate and demonstrate relevance. International expert Dawn Campbell will model best practice in this arena, which will be relevant to those specializing in categories such as gender, class, race, intersectionality, and identity politics.

Refreshments will be provided to allow the discussion to continue over tea and coffee afterwards.

To register, please click on the following link: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/metoo-and-the-university-tickets-90170080137


Dyslexia and sound-letter relationships: It’s complicated

Does dyslexia differ across languages? Do letters influence the way we think about sounds? Our understanding of dyslexia is mainly based on what English-language research tells us. This talk will draw on research in different languages to shape a fuller understanding of the nature of dyslexia and what causes it. We will examine the way we process the sounds of language, and explore how the relationship between letters and sounds affects dyslexia for speakers of different languages. 

Date: Friday, 14th February 2020

Time: 1pm

Location: D301, Newman Building

Coffee, tea, and more information about how to contribute words to the UCDictionary will be provided!

Dr Stephen Lucek talked about 'Linguistic Discrimination and the Dublin Secondary School' on Thursday 27th February 2020, 17:00 as part of the SLCL Research Series.


Wednesday, 4th March, 3pm

Decolonial Platform/EDI Collage Workshop: 'Remember the bathroom doors?'

To mark International Women's Day, the UCD Decolonial Platform and the EDI Committee of the College of Arts and Humanities have teamed up to organise a collage workshop, led by Dyuti Chakravarty and Emma Penney. We invite you to come and (re)discover the recently removed graffiti from the bathroom doors in the women's toilets in Newman, a space that served as an outlet for emotion and frustrations, and also as a means of solidarity and support for many women students. All are welcome to attend. Materials and stationary will be provided, but feel free to bring your own if you have any.

3:00pm Coffee & Cake on the first floor of Science East by the spiral staircase

3:30pm Collage Workshop in B154B in Science West



Friday, 6th March 2020, 18:30 to 20:00, ICC Dublin

Giornata Internazionale della Donna // Italian Renaissance (of) women

According to the poet Ludovico Ariosto, “Le donne sono venute in eccellenza, / di ciascun’arte ov’hanno posto cura” (Orlando Furioso, XX, 2, 1-2; “What art so deepe, what science is so hie, / but worthy women have thereto attayned?” in the English translation of the poem by Sir John Harington, 1591). The topics of women’s worth and excellence in Italy will be discussed through the images, voices and words of female readers, writers, editors, musicians and artists who contributed to the development of the Italian Renaissance. We will be joined by Francesco Lucioli (UCD), Maria Canavan and Letizia Marcattili (National Gallery of Ireland), Francesca Placanica and Antonio Cascelli (University of Maynooth).

Link: https://iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/it/gli_eventi/calendario/2020/03/giornata-internazionale-della-donna.html

Gender in the Curriculum

Date: 4th February, 12-2.15pm

Venue: Online

‘Gender in the Curriculum’ consists of a series of short accessible talks by speakers from different disciplinary backgrounds. Speakers will explore the current notions and theories of gender and propose ways of embedding them in university level teaching activities and research practices.

The webinar aims to address the following questions:

  • How do you define gender?
  • How do you address gender issues?
  • How do you take gender into account in your teaching and research?
  • How do you embed gender in your teaching (module descriptors) and research?

Each speaker will give a 10-Minute presentation, followed by questions. We encourage attendees to use the Q&A function on Zoom and submit questions electronically throughout each presentation.

Equality Diversity and Inclusion Webinar 2021 and EDI Annual Report 2019-20 Launch

UCD EDI hosted the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Webinar and virtual launch event for the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Annual Report 2019-2020 on the 4 March 2021. Professor Colin Scott opened the event and provided an overview of the Annual Report content as well as a summary of key EDI activities and initiatives for the 2019 – 2020 Academic Year, which were impacted by the challenges imposed by COVID-19. 

The talk was attended by members of the School's EDI committee and SAT. 

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion | EDI Annual Reports (ucd.ie)


IDAHOBIT 2021 (International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia)

17th May 2021, 1pm

This is a co-hosted webinar between UCD Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Staff Network and UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems.

The webinar brings together academics, activists and practitioners working across fields aligned with LGBTQI Health and anti-discirimination to share their insignts into the discrimination faced by LGBTQI people in healthcare and strategies to challenge it.

Register HERE