March 2016

Monday 07 March 2016

India Week

The Indian Society are holding a full week of events to raise money to improve child literacy in India!


From the team that gave you the brightest Diwali Mela ever and the biggest Bhangra Night in history, we now present our best event of the year; the third edition of the annual India Week.

 

A week that celebrates the essence of being Indian, with a wide range of events, which raise a truckload of funds for improving Indian lives!

We hope to spread the Indian culture to anyone who wishes to connect or re-connect with it and allow students in Manchester (Indians and non-Indians alike) to experience a small fragment of the Indian way of life.

Disabled Students & Alf Morris

The Disabled Students Community will launch on Tuesday 15 March! Come and join our Disabled Students Officers for tea and cake in the activities space from 18:00, whether you have a concern or just want a good old chat! The University and the Students’ Union have teamed up with the North West Trades Union Council to celebrate the life of Alf Morris, and we need your help! Many of the rights and freedoms disabled people possess today are born out of the pioneering legislation of Alf Morris. TUC North West have raised money to commission an artist to create a stained glass window in tribute to Alf – now all we need is the design! Check out the competition details!

Women's Campaign

A big well done to everyone involved in this year’s Reclaim the Night, it was too big to ignore with a massive three and half thousand people coming together to say no to sexual violence, street harassment and victim blaming! Check out the video here. The Women’s Campaign will be joining
Recognise Refugee Rights to say #ShutDownYarlsWood at the infamous detention centre on the Saturday 12 March alongside Movement for Justice and others from across the country. Tickets are £5 for UoM students, £10 other and 20% of every ticket sold will go towards funding a seat on the coach for a refugee or asylum seeker.

BME Vigil and Petition

BME MCR will be holding a vigil on Friday 04 March at 12:30 to celebrate and remember the lives of Mohamedtaha Omar, Adam K. Mekki, and Muhannad A. Tairab #OurThreeBrothers #OurThreeBoys. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for details.

The Oxford #RhodesMustFall campaign will be holding a protest on the Wednesday 09 March and we will be taking action in solidarity. Keep an eye on the page for updates. If you have not yet signed the petition, please do so now!

International Student Network

Come and enjoy a free lunch with students from all around the world at this month's meeting - 12:00 - 13:30 on Wednesday 16 March in Room 4, Students' Union.

This is a chance for you to share your experiences, influence change and meet other international students. Keep up to date with the network by checking out their page on the Students' Union website.

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LGBTQ Society

Save the date Friday 25 March - Sophie Labelle. More info coming soon! The LGBTQ society will also be running their usual Wednesday coffee afternoons from 13:00-16:00 in Sidney Cafe, Oxford Road.

#UCanVote

Voting for the 2016 Exec elections is open from the 04-10 March so don’t miss out on your chance to ensure your voice is heard! The eight elected students will spend the next year representing you! You can check out the details of this year’s fantastic candidates here.

Feature My Event!

If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in April’s Diversity Digest - due for publication on Friday 01 April 2016 - please email all your content and images by Wednesday 30 March to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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February 2016

LGBTQ+ History Month

February marks LGBTQ history month and there are various ways you can get involved to learn, recognise or celebrate the identities within the LGBTQ community. There is a full schedule of events ranging from film screenings to training and workshops, so make sure you get involved.

There are various conversation corners throughout the month, a chance to meet new people and talk about shared experiences, identities and issues. Please come along to any that you define into, the first one, to kick off the month, will encompass all LGBTQ identities, followed by a history month quiz in the Union Bar at 6.30pm.

Disabled Students - Time to Talk

The 4th of February is Time to Talk day, a day for the nation to take five minutes to have a conversation about mental health and tackle the stigma surrounding it. The University are holding an event in University Place, 11am-2pm, find out more here.

The Disabled Students Officers, Nayab and Dorian will be holding regular sessions in the Union where you can pop along to chat about any concerns you may have and meet students who may be feeling the same. Dates and times are not yet confirmed but please email Dorian at dorian.gordon@student.manchester.ac.uk for more information.

International Student Network

Join students from around the world on February 17th for the first meeting of the International Student Network of 2016! There will be a chance to chat, share stories and discuss issues affecting International Students – and what can be done to change them!

Not to mention a free lunch! Follow the group for information on this month’s topic and the location of the meeting.

BME

An exciting month for the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) Campaign as the ‘Why is my Curriculum White?’ campaign is launched in Manchester on February 3rd! Join the discussion as the lack of ethnic representation in the curriculum, staff and student bodies, and educational institutions is explored. The Black Film Club begins on 15 of February, the first screening has already sold out but you can sign up for the waiting list here and be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming screenings!

Women Unite, Reclaim The Night!

February is a mega month for the Women’s Campaign! Starting with Vagina Monologues from the 08-10th. Based on author Eve Ensler's 'vagina interviews' conducted with women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives a voice to a chorus of lusty, outrageous, poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories.

 

Then on Thursday 25th of February, we Reclaim the Night. We will light up the city of Manchester, amplify our collective voices and take to the streets and say 'NO' to sexual violence against women, street harassment and victim blaming. The march will gather in Owens’ Park outside The Tower, Wilmslow Road, Fallowfield at 7pm.

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Mature Students Society

The Mature Students Society are celebrating the end of exams with a lunchtime social in Room 8, come along for the chance to meet other mature students and enjoy free tea and cakes! You deserve a treat after all that hard work!

 

Parents and Carers Society

The Parents and Carers Society are currently in the process of organising their next lunch; free food, tea, coffee, biscuits and a chance to chat. The poll is on their facebook group so make sure you fill in your availability so you don’t miss out!

Living At Home Students

The Living Off Campus students want to do a Living at Home Students Sports day event in February, if you think that this is something that you might be interested in then please contact the committee through their Facebook group and be sure to join it if you haven’t already!

Feature My Event!

If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in March’s Diversity Digest - due for publication on Tuesday 01 March 2016 - please email all your content and images by Friday 26 February to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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December 2015

International Day of Disabled People

Thursday 03 December marked the International Day of Disabled People!

The UoM Disabled Staff Network and MMU Disabled Staff Forum, supported by UoM and MMU E&D, and both Manchester SU and The Union MMU, organised a fantastic celebration. Well done to all those involved! Disability Mcr 'Thinking Inside the Box' was a collaborative disability event involving hands-on

 


activities and inspirational speakers!

Later on in the month, for those wanting to demonstrate for the lives lost and others affected by welfare cuts, join the NUS at a lobbyon Wednesday 16 December. Meet outside the Department of Work and Pensions to protest the ongoing attacks to our Welfare State and call for the Government to stop cutting Disabled Students out.

BME & ISOC

The BME Campaign, together with ISOC, held an informative, action-orientated, open meeting between staff and students at the University of Manchester contributing to the national day of action. UCU members, trade unionists, and staff joined students to discuss defeating PREVENT on campus and stop students from being unfairly targeted.

The counter-terrorism and security bill and PREVENT places a duty on public bodies to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism essentially meaning that certain groups of students will be discriminated against and may be monitored based on race or religion.

Women Students

It’s been a big month for the Women’s campaign! With the launch of the Call It Out UoM page and the Student Shuttle Bus. A journey costs £2 - £4. If you don’t have enough cash, you can leave your student card with the driver and pick it up from the Students’ Union in return for your fare the next day.


The proceeds go to services supporting students who have experienced sexual or domestic violence at Manchester Rape Crisis centre which has also started this month!

LGBTQ+

The LGBTQ+ society will be closing the term with two events; a Christmas picnic and drinks from 18:00 on Saturday 12 December.


There is also a society Women’s cinema trip to see Carol at the Odeon, on the Wednesday 09 December. Meet in the Students' Union foyer at 17:00 to travel there together or join everyone in the Odeon at 18:00.

International Student Network

The International Student Network is closing the semester with Italian themed food at the festive final meeting on the Wednesday 16 December, 16.30 - 18:00.

Join other International Students for Italian Meatballs or Spinach and Ricotta Cannelloni as we discuss creating a new committee for the Network and make plans for semester two – bring your ideas! Find out more information here.

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Mature Students Society

Join the mature students society to celebrate the end of semester one! Meet us for a festive tea at Christies Bistro, at 15:00 on Wednday 09 December, tickets are £5.

You can also come and join us for our last social of semester one on Manchester's famous curry mile! Tickets for the meal are £11 and include, popadoms & dips, onion bhajis, rice, naan and any curry. You are free to bring your own wine or beer (but not spirits).

BME Campaign

As the dust settles on what was a phenomenal Black History Month, the BME Campaign deserves a huge congratulations for all the hard work that went into a jam-packed month of celebration and discussion.

One of the most exciting things to stem from the program is the evolution of the ‘Preventing Prevent’ campaign, a collaborative effort with both BME MCR and ISOC. Keep your eyes on the BME MCR page to see what happens next and find out how you can get involved!

Feature My Event!

Due to the exam period in January, there will not be an issue of Diversity Digest in January. If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in February’s Diversity Digest - due for publication on Monday 01 February 2016 - please email all your content and images by Wednesday 27 December to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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November 2015

Global Fest

A fortnight of festivities to celebrate culture on campus! Get involved in the action as we celebrate our global diversity - activities include Bollywood Dance and Calligraphy, opportunities to try cultural cuisine, learn why food waste is a growing problem and join in conversations with Model UN at their Global Games event with speed-debating and Pictionary!

Don't forget to check out the performances at both the open mic session and Global Night

 

(tickets here) as they showcase their talent! Check out the full schedule here.

And the end of Global Fest is just the beginning! The final event of the festival is the launch of the Recognise Refugee Rights campaign. Join the discussion on the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time and find out how you can get involved locally - find out about your guest speakers here. Please register for the event here.

Mary and Jo

International Student Network

Come and enjoy a free lunch with students from all around the world at this month’s meeting - taking place at 14:00 on Wednesday 11 November in Room 8 of the Students’ Union.

This is a chance for you to share your experiences, influence change and meet other international students here on campus. Keep up to date with the network by checking out their page on the Students' Union website.

Women's Campaign Forum

Come along to the next Women's Campaign Forum on Tuesday 10 November from 17:30 where we'll be discussing issues around sexual harassment, victim blaming and sexual violence. It will be a space to explore issues, share feelings and personal experiences and to talk about how the women's campaign can help in terms of supporting women students and campaigning on these issues. Open to women and people whose gender identity includes woman.
Keep up to date with the Women’s Officer by liking her page.

Diwali Mela

The Indian Society are immensely proud to present to you their biggest event of the semester, celebrating the biggest and brightest Indian festival - Diwali! Come celebrate the festival of lights, revel in the festive vibe and enjoy an evening of fun, laughter, fantastic performances and top the night off with a grand after party! Sunday 15 November from 18:00 - admission is free.

Trans Day of Remembrance

Friday 20 November marks Trans Day of Remembrance and the LGBTQ society will be commemorating the event at the Sackville Memorial - keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details.

The weekly coffee meet up will return this week, Wednesdays 13:00-16:00 in Sidney Street Cafe!

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Disability Discrimination Act

2015 marks the 20th Anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act which aims to protect disabled people and promote equality of access to services, education and employment. The exhibition at the People’s History Museum, until the Thursday 19 November, explores the development of the ground breaking law and what it means to disabled people and what else still needs to be achieved. All aspects of the exhibition have been written and created by disabled people and offer an opportunity to learn more about the disabled people’s movement and the social model of disability.

BME Campaign

As the dust settles on what was a phenomenal Black History Month, the BME Campaign deserves a huge congratulations for all the hard work that went into a jam-packed month of celebration and discussion.

One of the most exciting things to stem from the program is the evolution of the ‘Preventing Prevent’ campaign, a collaborative effort with both BME MCR and ISOC. Keep your eyes on the BME MCR page to see what happens next and find out how you can get involved!

Feature My Event!

If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in November's Diversity Digest - due for publication on Tuesday 01 December - please email all your content and images by Friday 27 November to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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October 2015

Mary and Jo

October is Black History Month so BME MCR would like to use this as an opportunity to educate, empower and celebrate Black History. We will be hosting a range of events throughout the month from lectures on ‘The Politics of Race’ to a panel of experts talking about what it is like 'Being Black at University' which will tackle issues such as a euro-centric whitewashed curriculum and the Attainment Gap.

There will also be weekly BME only Discussion Forums on topics from Identity and Education to a forum which will discuss issues facing BME Women, BME LGBTQ+ and BME Disabled Students as well as running a Mental Health Focus Group looking at how

mainstream mental health services do not accommodate or provide for BME Students.

October is also host to the 70th Anniversry of the 5th Pan-African Congress which will be taking place in Manchester from the Friday 16 - Sunday 18 October, exploring the concept of Pan-Africanism. The 5th Pan-African Congress brought together intellectuals from across the continent from W.E Du Bois to Kwame Nkrumah and planned the independence of African Countries.

Check out the full timetable here.

Mary and Jo

Mary and Jo

International Student Network

Come and enjoy a free lunch with students from all around the world at this month’s meeting - taking place at 14:00 on Wednesday 14 October in Room 8 of the Students’ Union.

This is a chance for you to share your experiences, influence change and meet other international students here on campus.

Keep up to date with the network by checking out their page on the Students' Union website.

Women’s Campaign

Thursday 08 October was the Women’s Campaign Big Welcome event and it was lovely to hear women sharing experiences and supporting one another.

There was a diverse range of students at the event from a wide variety of courses so it was great to see connections building across the different groups that are involved in the Women’s Campaign.

If you would like to find out more or get involved then check out the Facebook page.

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Global Fest - Open Meeting

This year’s Global Fest, the international celebration of culture (Monday 09 - Friday 20 November), is going to be bigger than ever and now is the perfect time for you to get involved!

If you have an event, a performance or an idea of something you would like to showcase during the festival then come along to the open meeting on Monday 12 October at 17:00 in Room 2 to tell me more and get involved! If you can’t make the meeting, send me a quick email (below) and we’ll arrange another time to chat.

LGBTQ

The LGBTQ Society are holding a Speed Meet on Saturday 10 October! It will be happening in the Council Chambers (top floor, Students’ Union) from 18:00-20:00. Come along and meet some new people!

The society also hold a weekly coffee meet, every Wednesday from 13:00 - 16:00 in Sidney Street Cafe.

To keep up to date with other upcoming events, like the Facebook group!

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Disabled Students

Unfortunately the Disabled Students’ Society has not re-registered this year and I am really keen to support any students that might be interested in getting involved and potentially starting it up again.

If you think you might be interested, pop in for a chat with me or send me an email (below).

ISOC

It was fantastic to see so many people at the ISOC Welcome Dinner on Thursday 08 October, enjoying beat-boxing, poetry, fantastic food and delicious cake.

Well done to all those involved in the event! If you would like to keep up to date with ISOC in future, like their Facebook page.

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Elections

Voting in the Students' Union officer elections opened on Friday 09 October. Voting is still open and it's really important that you vote for who you would like to represent your needs over the academic year. There are liberation positions, an international officer, and both postgrad research and postgrad taught positions. So vote, and make sure your voice is heard!

Feature My Event!

If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in November's Diversity Digest - due for publication on Monday 02 November - please email all your content and images by Monday 26 October to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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September 2015

Monday 21 September 2015

Diversity Digest

Hi, I’m Natasha, your Diversity Officer and this is the go-to guide for all things diversity at our university!

I’ve created this newsletter to celebrate diversity on campus, whether that’s by highlighting a success from the previous month or promoting an upcoming event – this space is yours!

Please get in contact with me if you would like to use this space – either by email at natasha.brooks
@manchester.ac.uk or by popping into the Voice Office for a chat.

To ensure you meet the deadline for October's issue - due on Thursday 01 October - please email me by Monday 28 September.

Mary and Jo

Exec

Women Students

There are plenty of events planned for women students this Welcome Week.

Events include Conversation Corner, the Women of Colour Forum, bowling with ISOC Sisters and an opportunity to Meet the Riveters.

You can keep up to date with all these events via the Women's Campaign's Facebook page and on the Students' Union website.

LGBTQ Students

The LGBTQ society has also planned a range of events for the start of term.

Events include a picnic, Conversation Corner, Speed Meeting and a Bar Crawl.

Keep up to date with all the goings on in the LGBTQ society by checking out their Facebook page, or by heading to our website.

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BME Students

It's going to be a busy start to the year for our BME campaign!

Along with their Conversation Corner, the campaign is currently planning a whole range of events for this year's Black History Month in October.

They'll be revealing the full calendar of events soon, so keep an eye on their Facebook and Twitter for all the latest announcements.

International Students

If you're new to Manchester this September, there are loads of great events for international students to help you settle in.

These include our World Quiz, Conversation Corner, World Welcome Party, Faiths and National Socieities Fair, Speed Meet and Greet, Barbeques, and Teatime at the International Society.

The International Student Network is a place to share your experience, influence change and meet other international students. The Network is open to all international students! Find out more here.

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Postgraduate Students

We've also got plenty planned for Postgraduate students this Welcome Week.

Events include A Night at the Museum, Conversation Corner, A Manchester Evening, and our Postgraduate Pizza Evening.

For more information on these events, please see our What's On Guide.

Mature Students

There are a couple of events planned too for our Mature Students.

These include our Conversation Corner at the Students' Union, and our Home Away From Home based in the Students' Union Outhouse.

To keep up to date with all our Mature Student events, please see the What's On Guide and our website.

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Student Parents and Carers

In a Students' Union first, this year we've organised our Carnival Crèche during our Welcome Fair, so that all our Student Parents have an equal chance to discover all that's on offer.

In addition to this we've also organised a Student Parent and Carers Mingle session in Biko’s Café, making it as easy as possible for you to meet like-minded students. Find out more about these events in our What's On Guide.

Living at Home Students

Also new this year is our Home Away From Home for Living at Home Students - providing a place for off-campus students to relax and meet other like-minded students.

You can keep up to date with all of our events for Living at Home Students at their Facebook page, and by visiting our website.

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Disabled Students

We'll also be repeating our Disabled Students Conversation Corner this year. For full details please check out our What's On Guide, and for more information on the Disabled Students Campaign please click here.

Feature My Event!

If you'd like to get your campaign or event featured in October's Diversity Digest - due for publication on Thursday 01 October - please email all your content and images by Monday 28 September to natasha.brooks@manchester.ac.uk.

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