USW host Stonewall Cymru for annual Pride Cymru festival
The University of South Wales played a key role in kicking off the party for Stonewall Cymru ahead of the annual Pride Cymru festival in Cardiff last weekend.
Thousands of people joined in Wales’ largest celebration of equality and diversity and the University’s ATRiuM hosted Stonewall Cymru, providing brunch and discussion for youth groups affiliated with the organisation, along with USW staff and students, before they all headed out to join the parade.
Speakers included Carl Tubbs, the outgoing LGBT Officer for the Students’ Union, who talked about his pride at the progress USW is making to advance the LGBT agenda. Ray Vincent, Associate Chaplain at the University, emphasised the great progress of equality and diversity in the workplace over the past 30 years, without shying away from the work that is still to be done and the importance of getting involved in events like Pride Cymru to reinforce the positive work already being done.
“The speeches were really well received,” said Jeremy Ashdown, Head of HR – Organisational Development, “and the march itself was amazing: a real celebration with lots of families, laughter, bright colours and dressing up which gave it a proper carnival atmosphere.”
The subsequent parade marched through the centre of Cardiff and concluded in Cooper’s Field.
The organisation behind the event were delighted with USW’s involvement: “We have had amazing feedback from everybody that attended and the youth groups in particular enjoyed the morning and the march itself,” said Ffion Grundy from Stonewall Cymru. “We are all very grateful that you were able to host such a brilliant event that was not only beneficial to us but also to our supporters!”
William Callaway, University Secretary and Clerk to the Board of Governors, who introduced the speakers at the brunch, was proud of the University’s contribution:
“We’re so pleased to be able to host such a worthwhile event, that’s not only great fun but also reaffirms our commitment as a University to LGBT and diversity. Occasions like these are helping to cement our new relationship with Stonewall Cymru through our membership of its Diversity Champions Scheme.”