College achieves equality award
The college played host again this year to the annual Navajo LGBTI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex) Awards, which celebrate businesses committed to improving lives for all in the workplace, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Organisations from across Liverpool, together with the College – receiving the award for the second time in a row – were presented with the Equality Charter Mark, which recognises companies working towards LGBTI equality. The event formed part of a calendar of city-wide celebrations to mark International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.
Deputy Principal of the college, Angela Cox, welcomed all to the event and congratulated organisations receiving the award. She said: “We’re proud of how far we have travelled on the journey towards LGBTI equality but know we cannot become complacent. We’ll continue to work with Navajo to ensure we really do make a difference for all who study and work at The City of Liverpool College.”
Clare Campbell, Keynote Speaker and founder of women’s support group, Big Love Sista, talked movingly about her life and her work with the Knowsley-based project, which aims to improve the mental wellbeing of vulnerable women from across the borough. A dazzling performance followed by Big Love Sista choir with a rousing finale that had the audience dancing in the aisles.
Tony Griffin, chair of Navajo’s North West branch, said: “Every year this event gets bigger and better as more organisations work toward the Navajo Charter Mark. This is only made possible with the support and commitment of organisations like the City of Liverpool College.”
The City of Liverpool College was the first college in the North West to achieve the charter mark back in 2012, which was awarded for its commitment to LGBTI equality through changes in its policies and practices, training, staff recruitment and student and staff engagement.
Photo: College Equality and Diversity Manager, Kathy Lewis; Kirsty Walker; Julie Brennan; Chris Buhagiar; Katie Finnigan; Becky Bates; Graeme Edwards – members of the Equality Liaison team – proudly collect the Navajo Charter Mark on behalf of the College – May 2015