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Monday, 25 January 2016

University of Chester Diversity Festival 2016

Each year the Diversity Festival provides a focus through which the University actively promotes, challenges and develops an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism. The theme of the 2016 Festival is "Wellbeing and Belonging" and the events are open to the community.

Just some of the highlights:

 Monday 29th February 2016, 9.30am - 11.15am, Churchill 139

Diversity Festival Launch Event: Diversity Dashboard with Eilidh Milnes

Eilidh Milnes provides a fresh perspective and practical common sense solutions for everyday problems such as diversity. She inspires audiences to boost their confidence, productivity and resilience through her exuberance and storytelling. As soon as you hear Eilidh speak, you will realise why she’s known as ‘Captain Positive’!
As a result of learning to collaborate using her no-nonsense communication programmes, dramatic improvements have occurred for her clients. These include: associations such as IOSH, education establishments and blue-chip corporates including BAE Systems, Barclays, BT, PwC and LaSalle.
An award-winning author, Eilidh has been an international speaker and career coach since 1995. In 2014, she was National President of the Professional Speaking Association UK & Ireland. And she is looking forward to sharing her experience, knowledge and pizzazz at the University of Chester Diversity Festival 2016.

Wednesday 2nd March 2016, 1.30pm - 2.15pm, Westminster 018

The Intervention Initiative with Dr Rachel Fenton, University of the West of England

The extent of sexual harassment, sexual coercion, rape and domestic abuse in student populations across England has been revealed in evidence from crime surveys, student surveys and professionals working with students. The evidence has produced an imperative for universities to act.
Dr Rachel Fenton, Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of the West of England, is the Principal Investigator for the Public Health England-funded Bystander Intervention Project. Dr Fenton and her team have developed an evidence-based educational programme for the prevention of sexual coercion and domestic abuse in university settings, through empowering students to act as prosocial citizens. The University of Chester is one of the pioneering universities to offer this course.
 

Saturday 5th March 2016, 12.30pm - 4.30pm, University of Chester China Centre 

Chinese Activity Afternoon

Join us for an afternoon dedicated to Chinese language and culture, in a set of workshops to be run by Dr Yichao Shi, from the University of Chester’s Modern Languages Department. You may attend all or selected sessions as you wish:
12:30pm – 1:30pm: Taster Session in Mandarin Chinese
Did you know that the China Centre offers free weekly language classes for the general public? Learn your first Chinese phrases at our taster session. Find out more details about the classes here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/china-centre/short-courses/mandarin
2:00pm - 3.00pm: Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Calligraphy, or the art of writing, was the visual art form prized above all others in traditional China. Learn how to capture energy in motion in this introduction, suitable for absolute beginners. All materials provided.
3:30pm - 4:30pm: Writing Chinese Characters
Unlike written words formed from alphabets, Chinese characters convey more than phonetic sound or semantic meaning. Learn how to write Chinese Characters in this exciting workshop.
 

Wednesday 9th March 2016, 9.30am - 4.30pm, Riverside 139

An International Perspective on Midwifery: Birth in the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands

Of Belgian origin, Jef Mennens runs a highly successful independent Midwife Practice in Den Bosch, The Netherlands. In a society where male midwives are still outnumbered by their female colleagues, Jef brings a unique and entertaining story of birth in the Netherlands. Each country has its unique approach to childbirth: for some, home birth is standard practice, for others an exception. How is your experience as a parent or midwifery practitioner going to differ, depending on where you happen to live? Join Jef in this unique opportunity to find out more about the realities of midwifery abroad.
 

Thursday 10th March 2016, 11.00am - 2.00pm, Small Hall

Wellbeing Fair in partnership with Chester Voluntary Action

This Charity, Voluntary and Community Group Marketplace event will provide an opportunity for community groups and local voluntary organisations to showcase their services and volunteering opportunities relating to wellbeing and equality. Come along and find out what’s going on in your community and how you can volunteer with local groups.
 

Booking Details

All Diversity Festival events are open to all members of the public, staff and students (unless otherwise stated). Booking is now open and details on how to book for each event are in the programme which you can find at Festival Programme  If you have any queries, please contact the Festival Organisers on 01244 512135 or email equality@chester.ac.uk

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