We are committed to creating an equal and inclusive learning and working environment where we can celebrate our individual diversity and feel confident to challenge inequality. This calendar can be used to raise your own awareness of equality and inclusion and to help plan events and initiatives in an inclusive way.
The special dates and events have been chosen to represent the diversity of our community and is not an exhaustive list. We have highlighted festivals for which students and staff might reasonably ask for adjustments to their work or study in order to meet their religious obligations. Please note that many religious holy days begin at sundown on the day before the date given, especially if they are Jewish or Islamic. Students and staff from faith groups whose holy days are not included here may still be able to apply for adjustments.
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'Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud' – Maya Angelou
Being a rainbow means recognising yourself as an aid, empowering yourself to give and opening yourself to enjoy doing it, without expecting anything in return. You can:
Our Network of Equality Champions deliver projects to help shape an inclusive learning environment. We are currently planning a cultural diversity cookbook and challenging the imagery on our campuses.
Read something thought-provoking such as 'Queenie' by Candice Carty-Williams, 'Middlesex' by Jeffrey Eugenides, 'Typed Words, Loud Voices' by Amy Sequenzia and others or 2020 Big Read winner, 'Airhead' by Emily Maitlis.
This month we are proud to celebrate Black History Month and the value of our diversity at Kingston. But Black History is more than just one month of the year. It is not just about the past but also how history influences our present and future. As well as celebrating Black History it is important to continue to learn, reflect and ask difficult questions.
Students and staff can join the conversation by signing up to the Black History Month reading groups and other live events: check My Kingston, Staff Space and the Union of Kingston Students for details.
Watch David Olusoga' series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history.
Everyone studying or working at Kingston University should be treated with dignity and respect. As such, racial harassment of any kind is not tolerated. Students and staff can access confidential support via the Harassment Contact Scheme. Our student wellbeing team can also provide guidance.
'Whoever you are, wherever you are from and whatever your world view, religion or faith, we believe you belong here and are part of our university community' – Faith and Spirituality at Kingston University.
Each year, Inter Faith Week begins on Remembrance Sunday and provides a focal point, together with the wider community, to open up inter faith activity and increase understanding between people of religious and non-religious beliefs. On Remembrance Day we all come together to commemorate those who have died as a result of war or genocide.
Our Faith and Spirituality team works in partnership with the local faith communities to offer spiritual care to all students and staff.
This month we celebrate the International Day of People with Disabilities. The University plays a significant role in identifying and tackling barriers such as inaccessibility, hidden impairments, marginalisation and discrimination.
The Disability and Mental Health Advisers within Student Wellbeing at Kingston University coordinate support, reasonable adjustments and advice on inclusive practice.
Read our students stories who share their experience and top tips on how they have overcome difficult situations.