Celebrating Rainbow Week in the College of Science

As part of UCD’s Rainbow Week 2024, UCD College of Science EDI and Culturally Responsive Mentoring collaborated with UCD EDI and the UCD EDI LGBTI Subgroup to host a celebratory coffee morning to show support and acceptance of LGBTI staff and students in the college.
We were delighted to be joined by Dr Niamh Nestor, co-chair of the UCD EDI LGBTI subgroup, and Prof Jeremy Simpson, College Principle, who both gave rousing speeches that spoke to the welcoming and inclusive culture UCD College of Science aims to foster in support of its LGBTI staff and students. Around 30 members of the college community were in attendance, and enjoyed delicious treats and goodies provided by the UCD EDI group. This included a delicious UCD Pride chocolate cake, and highly sought after UCD rainbow lanyards, and Pride pins!
Feedback from the event was extremely positive, and everyone agreed over the importance of such events to formally promote an accepting and supporting culture around sexuality and gender on campus. The event was one of several Rainbow Week events being organized across the UCD colleges, which you can find out more about on the UCD EDI webpage. The event also follows our own Pride celebration event that took place in the College of Science last summer. We will be holding another Pride celebration event this June in the college, so stay tuned for more information.
In the meantime, Culturally Responsive Mentoring in UCD College of Science will be hosting a coffee morning for International Women’s Day on Friday March 8th in Zone 9  (Top floor atrium, Science East) at 12noon-2pm. The event includes the launch of the UCD College of Science Women in Science Mentoring Awards, so if you have experienced or observed good mentoring of women in science please send us your nominations, and then join us on the 8th for more cake and celebrations.