Out@Work 2009 was a celebratory day consisting of discussions and workshops to raise awareness of lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans issues in the work place.
The event aimed to help the University reflect on and examine how to sustain a workplace which promotes inclusion and respect for diversity. The day included small focussed sessions, a lunchtime panel with high profile speakers, a keynote speech from co-founder of Stonewall, Simon Fanshawe, and a performance by OutAloud - Sheffield's first gay choir.
Following this day the LGBT Staff Network was formed and a commitment was made to continue raising an awareness of the issues touched on during the day by visible role models and future events.
Our Out@Work day was a tremendous milestone, encompassing debate, discussion, entertainment and celebration. The University is very proud of its diverse workforce and student body and I found it a particular privilege to attend several events. I am still humming along to OutAloud!
Professor Dominic Shellard, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for External Affairs
These focussed days are part of our programme to raise awareness, challenge our own thinking, and listen to different experiences and views. They also generate momentum for change and ideas for future action. I hope that our Out@Work day will reap future benefits in increased understanding and celebration of difference.
Rosie Valerio, Director of Human Resource Management
The event was part of the University’s Excellence through Inclusion strategy which promotes a motivated and diverse community amongst its staff.
In recent years we have worked with the LGBT Staff Network on events such as Sheffield Pride and Storying LGBT @ TUoS, our film documenting the experiences of LGBT staff and students throughout the University. For further information about LGBT at the University see the LGBT Staff Network, and to get involved in future initiatives contact Julie Campbell on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University is a Stonewall Diversity Champion (People perform better when they can be themselves - Stonewall)