Inclusion calendar 2020/21

Explore the inclusion calendar

Celebrating equality, diversity and inclusion at Kingston University

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.

Links to My Kingston and Staff Space are internal and available for students and staff only.

Contact us at equality@kingston.ac.uk if you have any feedback – we are continually working to improve the information we provide.

 

September 2020

Be a rainbow

'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:

  • challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions and improve our learning environment.
  • learn more and promote equality with your thoughts, words and actions.

Our sector-leading work includes the Inclusive Curriculum Framework, BME attainment gap, Athena SWAN and Race Equality Charter Mark.

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.

Do one thing

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.

October 2020

Let's talk about race

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.

Do one thing

Watch David Olusoga' series of short films exploring critical moments in Black British history.

Support

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.

November 2020

Open your mind

'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.

Do one thing

Check out our faith facilities, Facebook page and all upcoming Faith and Spirituality events.

 

December 2020

Think accessibility

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.

All our campus maps show inclusive facilities to complement the existing Access Able guides.

Do one thing

Read our students stories who share their experience and top tips on how they have overcome difficult situations.

Special dates and events

September 2020

Special dates and events

  • 01 September – Anant Chaturdashi (Jain)
  • 08 September – Nativity of the Theotokos (Orthodox Christian)
  • 08 September – Nativity of Virgin Mary (Christian)
  • 10 September – World Suicide Prevention Day
  • 19 September – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
  • 21 September – International Day of Peace
  • 23 September – Mabon - Ostara - Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 23 September – Bi Visibility Day
  • 27 September – World Deaf Day
  • 28 September – Yom Kippur (Jewish)
  • 28 September to 4 October – National Inclusion Week for employers

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments

  • Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) – 19 September
  • Yom Kippur (Jewish) – 28 September

October 2020

Special dates and events

  • 1 to 31 October – Black History Month UK
  • 3 October – Sukkot (Jewish)
  • 5 to 11 October – Dyslexia Awareness Week
  • 8 October – World Sight Day
  • 9 October – Birthday of Guru Ram Das (Sikh)
  • 10 October – World Mental Health Day
  • 11 October – Simchat Torah (Jewish)
  • 17 October – Navaratri begins (Hindu)
  • 18 October – Birth of the Báb (Baha'i)
  • 19 October – Birth of Baha'u'llah (Baha'i)
  • 22 October – International Stammering Awareness Day
  • 25 October – Dussehra - Dasara (Hindu)
  • 26 October – Intersex Awareness Day
  • 29 October – Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Sunni)
  • 31 October – Reformation Day (Protestant Christian)
  • 31 October – All Hallow's Eve / Hallow'een

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments

  • Sukkot (Jewish) – 3 October
  • Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Sunni) – 29 October

November 2020

Special dates and events

  • 1 November – All Saints' Day (Christian)
  • 1 to 30 November – Isamophobia Month
  • 1 to 30 November – Movember (Men's Awareness Month)
  • 2 November – All Souls' Day (Christian)
  • 2 November – Mawlid al–Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Shi'a)
  • 2 to 6 November – International Stress Awareness Week
  • 4 November – Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only)
  • 5 November – Guy Fawkes Night
  • 6 November – National Stress Awareness Day
  • 8 November – Remembrance Sunday
  • 8 November – Intersex Day of Solidarity
  • 8 to 15 November – Inter Faith Week
  • 11 November – Armistice Day (Interfaith)
  • 12 to 16 November– Diwali – Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain)
  • 13 November – World Kindness Day
  • 16 to 20 November – Antibullying Week
  • 17 November – International Students' Day
  • 19 November – International Men's Day
  • 20 November – Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • 24 November – Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh)
  • 26 November – Thanksgiving (Interfaith USA)
  • 30 November – Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh)
  • 30 November – Saint Andrew's Day (Christian)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments

  • Mawlid al-Nabi/Milad un Nabi (Islam - Shi'a) – 2 November
  • Karva Chauth (Hindu, women only) – 4 November
  • Diwali - Deepavali (Hindu, Sikh, Jain) – 12 to 16 November
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur (Sikh) – 24 November
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev (Sikh) – 30 November

December 2020

Special dates and events

  • 2 December – International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
  • 3 December – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • 8 December – Rohatsu (Bodhi Day) (Buddhist)
  • 10 December – Human Rights Day
  • 11 December – Chanukah/Hanukkah (Jewish)
  • 18 December – International Migrants Day
  • 20 December – International Human Solidarity Day
  • 25 December – Christmas Day (Christian)

Dates eligible for reasonable adjustments

  • Christmas Day – 25 December (Christian)