LIT Pride Month is celebrated with a series of online webinars and events to promote an inclusive and loving environment for all students.
LIT Pride Month is a celebration of diversity and unity
Limerick Institute of Technology is marking the beginning of LIT Pride Month this June with a series of webinars and online events celebrating the LGBT+ community.
On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Pride Flag was raised on all five LIT campuses (Moylish, LSAD, Clonmel, Thurles and Ennis) by President of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane and LIT Student Union President Dylan Ryan in celebration of LIT Pride Month.
Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony at the Moylish Campus Professor Cunnane said, “Here at LIT we are committed to ensuring a culture of inclusivity, where diversity is celebrated, and equality promoted. LIT strives to build an environment with mutual respect and dignity, free from harassment and bullying, for all our community. As we move to become a technological university with our colleagues in AIT, we aim to ensure that diversity and inclusion are very much lived values within TUS: Midlands Midwest.”
LIT Vice President for Academic Affairs & Registrar / Equality & Diversity Marian Duggan added, “We are committed to an inclusive environment in LIT and are delighted to recognise Pride this year. It is an important occasion allowing allies and community members to reflect on how to continue to support the LGBT+ community in LIT. Events such as the webinars we are hosting this week are important to help us consider what we can do to ensure that our college environment is safer and more respectful for all.”
LIT Equality Diversity and Inclusivity Manager Dr Carol Wrenn has been working with Shout Out and four other Higher Education Institutes including Mary Immaculate College, IT Carlow, Waterford IT and St Patrick’s College Carlow and to pilot a training programme for staff which will lead to the development and launch of a permanent resource for all staff.
“The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Champions here in LIT have played an important role in participating in and providing feedback to this pilot initiative. We have also been working closely with our colleagues in AIT to develop a Gender Expression and Identity Policy as we move to become a technological university,” she said.
As part of LIT Pride Month in LIT staff and students have been invited to take part in seminars and talks including an event to discuss How to Be an Ally to the LGTB+ community Tuesday) hosted by LIT Alumni and International Rugby Referee Joy Neville and the LGBT+ Student Society.
On June 3, Dr Vanessa Lacey from TENI and Patrick McElligott from GOSH will share information on the support services available nationally and internationally to the LGBT+ community.
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On Monday, May 31, 2021, the Pride Flag was raised on all five LIT campuses by president of LIT Professor Vincent Cunnane and LIT Student Union President Dylan Ryan marking the beginning of Pride Month this June. https://t.co/ficyxwd7i2 pic.twitter.com/feoyrNo7rk
— LIT (@LimerickIT) June 1, 2021