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Hear from LGBTUA+ Supporters about why they signed up in the video below or read our LGBTUA+ Supporters profile booklet here.

 

Rob Poole - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality for all as a basic human right. The University should be a welcoming and inclusive community where people feel safe and comfortable to express themselves fully, including their sexual orientation. I want to do what I can to make WBS and the University such a place for people who identify as LGBTUA+.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will work with my colleagues on the WBS Equality and Diversity Committee to build a welcoming and inclusive environment which supports LGBTUA+ students and staff. I will also challenge inappropriate language, attitudes or behaviour.

Daniel Mitchell - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? The concept of equal opportunities is central to civilised society.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge inappropriate homophobic & transphobic language & behaviour.

Chris Twine - Education - Directors Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? chris Twine
As Academic Registrar, I want to ensure that all colleagues across the teams within the Education Group understand and commit to positively promoting equality and diversity at Warwick.

Lucy Elliott - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in an open and transparent environment for all students and want to highlight the importance of inclusivity.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Provide a safe and open working environment for all the Warwick students I work with.

Tim Hunter - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Firstly, being a LGBTUA+ Supporter is, quite simply, the right thing to do.
Secondly, I wish to support my friends.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to listen and to learn and to advocate

Helen Nolan - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To express support for others who might be challenged in expressing their own sexuality

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge the use of non-inclusive language by others

Professor Vinod Patel - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?Vinod
Human rights- full stop end of story.
As an endocrinologist, I work with a diverse range of people who may have difficulties with sexuality or transgender medical needs

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Discussion on transgender issues from an endocrinologist's perspective

Kate Owen - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to play my part in ensuring that every student and every member of staff is able to participate fully in life at Warwick without prejudice or fear of prejudice.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Ensure that all of our educational materials are free from sterotyping and represent all members of our society. Call out any instances of prejudice whether intentional or unconcious.

Kirstie Haywood - Warwick Research in Nursing

Kirstie HaywoodWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?
I want to develop my understanding of LGBTUA challenges to enable me to become a more informed supporter.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As a Equality, Diversity and Inclusion representative for WMS, I want to be able to support a developing awareness of LGBTUA issues within the school, supporting an enhanced community of understanding.

Emily Roisin Reid - Careers & Skills

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter because I believe in the principles of equality, diversity, inclusion and respect. I strive for these ideals to be mirrored in life and I believe we all have a part to play in achieving this to it's fullest extent.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will commit to wearing my lanyard with pride to visibly show my support, to challenging inappropriate language/ behaviour, and to keep listening and learning.

Jo Davis - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?Jo Davis
I have been interested in Equality and Diversity throughout my career. At WBS, I am part of the Equality and Diversity Committee and the administrative lead for Athena SWAN. It is important to ensure that we all reflect on our own biases and how these may impact others. It is also important to work towards a more equal society where everyone feels included.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Continue to work with WBS to ensure we provide an inclusive environment for all. Reflect on my own biases and how these may inadvertently impact on others, and then seek to change these impacts.

Siobhan Flood - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in certain things, amongst them that all people deserve to share the same rights and responsibilities regardless of their race, gender, family ties or sexuality.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To be a support to anyone who needs it. To remain vocal about how important it is to support the LGBTUA community.

Emma Yeap - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Emma Yeap
I believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and dignity. It is important to have a safe and open university environment.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will openly support my LGBTUA+ colleagues and challenge any inappropriate behaviour and language.

Amy Collins - WMG

Nick Llewellyn - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am Pro-Dean Faculty of WBS, chair the School's equality and diversity committee, and lead on the Athena Swan work. I feel that university departments should be as inclusive, welcoming and progressive as possible.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Leading from the front, through the School's committees, department meetings and by working hard to shape the culture of the place.

Dr Maja Korica - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am committed to supporting my LGBTUA+ colleagues and students, Majaincluding as a listening ally, and to doing everything I can to contribute to an open, diverse and welcoming Warwick campus for all.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Listen, learn (including from my mistakes, unintentional or otherwise), reflect on own biases (and be open to acknowledging that I may have them), hold others to account (e.g. challenging language use openly and directly, to enable others' learning), encourage learning from others. Be a confidant as needed.

Elaine McCourt - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? People should not be judged on the basis of sexual or gender identity, Elaine McCourtand I believe a diverse, inclusive community makes us all stronger. Self-realisation of your gender and orientation can be a deeply personal journey, and I believe we should support and embrace anyone in this, whatever point they are at.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support LGBTUA+ staff and students, promote inclusiveness, be available to any who need someone to talk to, and challenge unacceptable behaviours.

Jonathan Heron - IATL

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in an open and inclusive campus and a curriculum that crosses Jonathan Heronboundaries and challenges behaviours; several LGBT+ individuals and queer communities feel excluded from higher education and that has to change.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging exclusionary behaviours and promoting educational practices that welcome diversity and celebrate difference. I am beginning a new project on queer and inclusive pedagogies later this year. I will wear the rainbow lanyard with pride and purpose.

Asha Bhandari - Warwick Medical School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support equality and make others aware everyone should be treated as equal because inside we are all the same no matter what the bodily designation may be

Craig Wakelin - Campus Security

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? CraigAs a security member it is crucial that we are approachable to all students whatever there sexual preference. I believe everyone should be treated as equals and should behave/speak to one and other with the same respect and dignity that they would like to receive.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to proudly wear the LGBTUA+ lanyard with PRIDE.

Leanne Yates - Human Resources

Shirley Rigby - Warwick Medical School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As senior Tutor at Warwick Medical School, I realise how important it is for all students to feel welcome and part of the team, whatever their gender/sexual orientation. Medical students will become doctors, as doctors we have a professional duty to treat all patients with respect, whatever the background.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to support all students, whatever their gender/sexual orientation. As a LGBTUA+ supporter, I hope that by declaring my support, students will feel more comfortable in being open about their LGBTUA+ status.

Judith Purkis - WMS, Mental Health & Wellbeing

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe the inclusion and celebration of diversity, in whatever guise, is integral to developing a future medical profession fit to serve the public. I'd also like to explore and learn more about my own understandings and possible assumptions.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being a visible presence in support of the LGBTUA+ community on campus and always be prepared to listen, hear and learn.

Vanessa Goodship - WMG

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support dignity and diversity.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To listen and support. To challenge bias. To have a positive impact on colleagues.

Selina-Jane Spencer - Physics

 What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Keep being a gay role model, keep being myself.

Paul de Cates - Warwick Medical School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe strongly that all staff and students should have equal paul_de_cates.jpgopportunity to excel here at Warwick. In order that we can all achieve our best, I think everyone should feel safe, supported and part of our community irrespective of background, ethnicity, religion, colour, creed, gender, sexuality, health status or any other characteristic that may otherwise result in stereotyping or bias.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will continue to try hard to support all staff, students and patients to achieve their best, and try to actively challenge stereotypes or biases that may prevent this

Helen Knee - University Executive Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? We should never discriminate in the workplace (or anywhere) on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity - or indeed age, caring responsibilities, disability, gender, marriage and civil partnerships, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief - as these are irrelevant to a person’s work.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be openly supportive to all my colleagues and value people for who they are.

Francesca Molina - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that everyone deserves to be respected , no matter their sexual orientation. Equality and diversity should be celebrated and acknowledged in all working environments.
I am proud of being a LGBTUA+ supporter, because I want the university to be a place in which we value individuals for what they bring, who they are, for what they do and what they can offer to our community.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to supporting students and other colleagues. I am committed to continuing to learn about issues of concern to LGBTUA+ communities and to challenge homophobic and trans-phobic speech and behavior.

Rachel Frost - Campus Security

Anne Marie Chilton - WMS

Sally Hilton - Life Sciences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? sally.jpgI am a strong believer of equality in the workplace and feel that everyone should feel free to express their identity in all aspects of life.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to support and continue to learn about issues of concern to LGBTUA+ communities, and to challenge homophobic attitudes.

Lindsay Kiley - WMG

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support my LGBTUA+ Colleagues

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge any homophobic behaviour and attend any suitable events.

Elspeth Keating - WMG

Fabrizio Alberti - Life Sciences and Chemistry

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? F Alberti I believe that everyone should feel free and safe to express their identity and sexuality in their workplace, as well as in any other situation, without the fear of being judged or discriminated.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being supportive with all my LGBTUA+ colleagues in Life Sciences and Chemistry, as well as to challenging any kind of prejudice and discrimination based on gender identity and sexuality.

Claire Muttock ThinkHigher SROAS

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Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe it is important for all of us to celebrate diversity.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge discrimination and make everyone feel included and welcome.

Pedro Monteiro - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?Pedro
Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. Despite changes in society, homophobia and related forms of discrimination still endure. I believe that building a tolerant environment in universities (as in any other organization) depends on having people willing to speak against oppression and to offer support to colleagues struggling with prejudice.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to speaking up against oppression especially the one related to LGBTUAQ+ matters. I also commit to maintaining an inclusive environment in the activities I am involved in the university.

Emma Durrant - Unitemps

Bo Kelestyn - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have been involved in helping to promote Equality, Diversity & Inclusion at Warwick and would like to contribute further in this direction.Bo
I feel it is an important issue particularly across an intercultural community such as Warwick, where cultural norms are meshed with our perceptions and attitudes towards LGBTUA+.
I want to continue challenging my own and others' cultural stereotypes towards the LGBTUA+ community at Warwick and across the world.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will take any opportunity to learn more and receive more training to avoid being biased and share my learnings with others.
I will commit to attending all relevant events and meetings to stay updated on the University initiatives. I will make sure to spread the word about these where I can.
I will also make myself available to students and colleagues to discuss issues and concerns related to inclusivity and equality of the LGBTUA+ community at Warwick.

Joseph Harrison - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I hope that by contributing my voice to the multitude of voices that have Joseph Harrisonalready pledged their support we will ensure that the University of Warwick is a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment for everyone irrespective of sexual orientation or gender.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will work with my colleagues to improve the information and support provided by WBS to its students, staff and visitors who identify as LGBTUA+.

Beth Middleton - WMG

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to show support to my LGBTUA+ friends and colleagues, and to promote equality and inclusivity for all.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging inappropriate language and behaviour and attend LGBTUA+ events

John Phillips - Health and Safety

Constantin-Catalin Patlagica - Campus Security

Sarah Walker - External Affairs

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I don't see why anyone wouldn't - people are people who ever they choose to love.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Continue to treat everyone equally - regardless.

Lisa Malke - Computer Science

Louise Gracia - WBS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am committed to the development of an open, welcoming and non- Louise Graciajudgemental environment across Warwick for all students and staff, where everyone is afforded the same level of respect and opportunity.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging discriminatory or inappropriate behaviour, language and attitudes whenever I encounter them; promoting LGBTUA+ events; and encouraging others to become supporters.

Bev Lampert - WMG

Christina Evans - External Affairs

Giselle Vreugde - External Affairs

Simon Jenkins - WMS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am aware of how challenging LGBTUA+ issues can be in the Simon Jenkinsworkplace and how unpleasant it can be to face discrimination on that basis. I would like to support my colleagues and any member of the university.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge homophobic behaviour and be available to help and support anyone who wants help.

Imogen Davies - WMS

Sean Thrasher - Physics

Alison Phillips - External Affairs

Sarah Wall - External Affairs

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? We need to make sure that everyone is represented at Warwick to make us the institution we want to be.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support communications across channels to ensure we are seen as champions for all

Ric Crossman - Statistics

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?Ric I consider it a matter of both urgency and basic fairness that the university reaches a point where LGBTUA+ students and staff feel as comfortable here as do those who identify as hetero- and cis-sexual.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to ensuring, whenever and as best as I can, that my various roles with the department and university are performed in a manner consistent with advancing the inclusion of LGBTUA+ staff members and students.

Andy Davis - External Affairs andy_davis.jpg

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? My role at work involves a lot of partnership engagement with organisations outside the University and right across Coventry, Warwickshire, and the West Midlands.

I can show them what a diverse and inclusive place Warwick is.

Luke Walton - Press & Media Relations

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Luke WaltonSociety is becoming more tolerant and accepting, but it's by no means unequivocally easy to be LGBTUA+. I’m proud to work at an institution that is open and accepting of all people, and I pledge to be an active part of the effort to ensure that everyone in the Warwick community is treated equally.

With lots of us coming together to publicly state our support, I hope that more people will feel able to fearlessly be themselves.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter?
- Connect with fellow LGBTUA+ colleagues, and learn about their experiences
- Challenge behaviour or language which could make people feel marginalised
- Be an active role model as a proud gay person – and make myself approachable to anyone with questions
- Actively participate in LGBTUA+ events and programmes

Professor Gwen Van der Velden - Warwick International Higher Education Academy

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I know how intimidating a large complex university can be for many of us. Especially incoming students can worry about 'fitting in'. I am eager to

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be part of developing an academic community of staff and students that allows everyone to find their place, to learn, to challenge assumptions without reservation and to contribute beyond Warwick.
We're at our best when we appreciate how diverse a community we are.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I'll continue to push for educational, social and cultural inclusion at Warwick. We do well and our hearts are in the right place, but in our daily practices, we can do better.
I'll call out inappropriate language and excluding remarks.
I'll work to create an environment where questions can be asked, attitudes are inclusive and LGBTUA+ staff and students feel at home

Annunziata Videtta - Wellbeing Support Services

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like to contribute to fostering an inclusive, friendly and Annunziata Videttawelcoming campus that everyone can enjoy regardless of sexuality.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am currently project managing a HEFCE Catalyst fund working on reviewing University processes and procedures to help tackle gender-based violence, hate crime and harassment. I commit to consulting with the LGBTUA+ community as part of our focus groups to ensure that the University has effective support pathways in place for everyone.

Wendy Hunt - Careers and Skills

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have always been interested in campaigning for a free, fair and open Wendy Huntenvironment for all regardless of race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. I am interested in matters related to LGBT and have supported a number of events with friends who are active LBGT campaigners across Africa where the community discriminated against.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am willing to offer to support to whether on a personal level or to attend meetings. I completed a counselling course some years ago and have good listening skills and consider myself to be empathetic. I would like to get more involved as I have always been keen to support and campaign against all sorts of discrimination.

Caterina Sinibaldi - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I strongly believe in equality and I would like all staff and students at Warwick to feel welcomed and valued for who they are. Through being a visible Caterina Sinibaldisupporter, I am keen to promote inclusive teaching and learning, both in the classroom and beyond, and to create a safe environment for everyone.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am committed to promoting a culture of dignity and respect, and to fighting discrimination by challenging inappropriate language and behaviour. I would like colleagues and students to know I am always available to listen and offer support.

James Smith - Institute for Global Sustainable Development

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think most of our University community are already LGBTUA+ supporters, but that it may be helpful if this was more open and visible, so I think this is a great initiative. I think people should be able to be themselves and feel Jamescomfortable with who they are without concern about how this will be received by wider society. I appreciate that there are a wide range of reasons why this may be more challenging for some individuals than others. I also feel that society should be welcoming, and understanding of diversity, and hope this initiative is a further step towards making this a reality for all.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To politely, and firmly if needed, challenge any discriminatory behaviors and practices where I see them, including any unintended unconscious biases I have myself. To more broadly encourage a culture of open constructive challenge where the values of the University appear to have been breached.

Karoline Schneider - ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I firmly believe that Karolineeveryone has an equal right to explore and express their sexuality and identity without fear of negative repercussions. I see this as an opportunity to be a part of a positive move towards a supportive and diverse environment for all of us here at Warwick.

What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenge discriminatory or abusive behaviour when I encounter it. I commit to providing a listening ear, in confidence and with an open mind. I commit to continuously work to broaden my own horizon and challenge my expectations, and to support others to question their own conscious and unconscious biases.

Gerard Sharpling - Applied Linguistics

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Gender and sexuality are an important part of our identity, and our diversity is something to celebrate and to be proud of. We are all Gerardstronger and more enriched when we can support and value each other, whether at work and in our private lives. Let's celebrate what we all bring to the university and the wider community, and all of our achievements, and let's always be proud of who we are.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being a positive voice for the LGBTUA+ community and to speaking out against discrimination of any kind, no matter how it manifests itself.

Georgina D'Arcy - Finance Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a supporter because I believe everyone has the right to be treated the same and feel safe and welcome in all environments. Georgina dBecoming an LGBTUA+ supporter would allow me to raise awareness of the issues and challenge the obstacles faced by members of the LBGTUA community.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As an LGBTUA+ supporter I commit to helping provide a safe environment for everyone. I would raise further awareness and actively show my support. Being an LGBTUA+ supporter would enable me to stand up for what is right.

Peter Brommer - School of Engineering

PeterBrommerWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Why would I not want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter? Why would I not want to create an open and inclusive environment for everybody? In my opinion, supporting should be the default position, for all the benefits it confers onto the university and its members. I am happy to have this position publicly stated.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to treating everybody fairly and respectfully. I commit to challenging myself on unconscious biases, and to promoting equality and inclusiveness in language, expression and action.

Daisy Richards - Library

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be an LGBTUA+ supporter because I believe that all individuals Daisyare entitled to the same level of respect and comfort in the workplace. I believe that there is a dire need for more transparent, inclusive and in-depth discussions of LGBTUA+ views and experiences in our society, so that we as a workforce can fully encompass the wonderfully diverse nature of the world around us. I believe in celebrating the differences between individuals within a team, and working together to build on our strengths no matter what they might be.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to always challenging inappropriate language and behaviour in the workplace, and to always championing the rights of all LGBTUA+ individuals across the team. I commit to learning more about the obstacles and difficulties that my LGBTUA+ colleagues face on a daily basis, and I hope to educate myself on LGBTUA+ issues and experiences so that I can provide a more inclusive service to all of our customers, clients and colleagues.

Somak Biswas - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I strongly identify and wish to engage with queer issues and discourses Somakon and off campus.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Create solidarity networks between LGBT groups as well as other emancipatory political causes, help in campaigning for LGBT+ issues and organsing events that focus on LGBT+ issues

Craig Franklin - Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I already considerCraig Franklin myself to be a LGBTUA+ supporter and I am keen to make an active contribution to the programme in any way I can. Every person has the right to be treated equally, with understanding and compassion. I do not want to work in an institution where this is not the case and so I feel it is very important that we all voice publicly our support for the LGBTUA+ community.

What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenge inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour. I commit to attend LGBTUA+ events where I hope to get to know more of our LGBTUA+ colleagues. And I commit to promote equality for all staff, students and visitors through the way I conduct myself and interact with others.

Scott Lloyd - Strategic Planning and Analytics Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Im 100% behindscott making Warwick a welcoming place to work, study and visit for everyone

What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? Promote positive, inclusive attitudes to all through my actions, encouraging my team and influencing colleagues. Consider the needs of the wide Warwick community when developing policy and solutions in relation to my area of responsibility and other areas where I make a contribution.

Sam Broster - School of Theatre & Performance Studies

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe inSam Broster equality for all, and want to ensure that conscious and unconscious biases are challenged whenever possible to ensure that people across all intersections of society are treated fairly. Plus, if I meet people who are also fans of RuPaul's Drag Race by being an ally, then that's a bonus.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To be a compassionate, and understanding, ally who will endeavour to provide the kind of support required in each situation to the best of my ability.

Laura DAvenportLaura Davenport - Arts Centre

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a visible supporter of the LGBTUA+ community within the Arts Centre and do all I can to promote an inclusive, supportive and accepting environment. I hope this will benefit not only myself and my work colleagues, but our customers too.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To actively challenge inappropriate behaviour and language and make suggestions for improvement within my workplace. To be an approachable contact for anyone identifying as LGBTUA+ who needs advice or someone to listen. To ensure the Arts Centre is a safe and inclusive space for all staff, students and visitors. To attend LGBTUA+ events and training sessions and feedback on these to my colleagues..

Sophie Hannah - Human Resources

sophie_hannah.pngWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be an LGBTUA+ supporter because no-one should ever be made to feel ashamed or nervous to show their true self - the more we all work together to create an environment of understanding, the closer we will be to a truly inclusive Warwick.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To listen to LGBTUA+ people's experiences and thoughts instead of making assumptions, to do what I can as a Comms Officer to ensure that LGBTUA+ colleagues are widely and fairly represented across the University, and to challenge people who I believe are using homophobic or transphobic language.

katie_sewell.jpgKatie Sewell - Warwick Conferences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it is important for our colleagues and clients from the LGBT community to be treated equally and with understanding and respect.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I want to do more!

libby.jpgLibby Heath - Human Resources

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because sexuality is 'invisible', people can treat others or make assumptions about others that may be incorrect and upsetting to that individual. In those situations, that person might not feel comfortable speaking up and confronting that behavior. I want to show that you don't have to identify as LGBT to speak on behalf of those people to challenge behaviors.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To listen when people want to speak in confidence about how their sexuality might be negatively affecting their lives due to the treatment they receive form others, and to speak on their behalf if they wish.

beatriz_lagunas.jpgBeatriz Lagunas - School of Life Sciences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I don't want to unconsciously leave someone behind or use inappropriate language that can offend anyone. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to learn how to be more inclusive and transmit that feeling to others.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Learn about more inclusive language use and promote it Challenge inappropriate behaviors

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Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To help create a supportive learning and working environment for all LGBTUA+ staff and students here at Warwick, in the hope that this will also help change minds, cultures and behaviour beyond campus

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Teach LGBTUA+ issues in all my modules Help integrate LGBTUA+ issues in sessional tutor training and induction activities in my department.

Gemma Wilkins - Registrar's Business Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone deserves to feel safe at work and able to be themselves.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Speak out against inappropriate comments and ensure that colleagues know they can speak to me freely and without risk of encountering prejudice.

Leanne Williams - Life Sciences

Leanne WilliamsWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a member of the LGBTUA+ community myself I understand the difficulties of managing and making sense of your own and other peoples' unconscious bias towards gender and sexuality. I want to wear the Rainbow lanyard with pride in the hope that by doing so just one person will feel more able to talk to me or feel more accepted and supported.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To raise awareness of becoming an LGBTUA supporter with the hope to on a daily basis tackle open and unconscious bias.

Toody Oakhill - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

Toody OakhillWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support LGBTUA+ friends, colleagues and students and to promote inclusivity and equality for all. No matter what their sexual orientation, all people deserve to be treated equally and with dignity and respect. I have always strongly believed that diversity and individuality should be celebrated; but sadly, there is so much prejudice and hatred in the world. We should all be working together to educate and eradicate discrimination and ignorance. This is a visible sign of my support for those who are targeted by it.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To continue as I have always done; to challenge inappropriate behaviour, attitudes and language in and outside of the University, to treat all people with kindness, equality and respect and to promote an inclusive society where diversity and individuality are embraced. I will wear my rainbow lanyard with pride and commit to taking the Diversity in the Workplace and Unconscious Bias e-learning modules.

Andi Poole - Estates

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have seen too much violence against others in the 70s, and there is still verbal abuse (albeit indirect) here at the University. I have seen people leave because of it.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? If I hear people bad-mouthing others, I challenge them and try to explain that their behavior is hurtful.

Jack Mowatt - WMS, MBChB

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I support LGBTQUIA rights and I'm gay as well.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will advocate for LGBTQUIA interests.

Lazaros Andronis - Clinical Trials Unit

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because, to me, it has always been quite clear that people should have the right to self-determine and control all aspects of their lives they consider important. No institution, organisation or religion should impose social norms on people, just because others perceive these norms to be 'socially acceptable'.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I have always tried to defend people's liberty and right to self determine, and I will continue to do so.

Adam Kelly - School of Engineering

Grace Brooks - Education Studies

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I identify as L in LGBT and would like to join others like me in terms of support and guidance.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am currently in Warwick pride and help to provide a free LGBT community for those like myself.

Amy Hamson - School of Engineering

Louise Davis - WMS, Soc Science & Systems in Health, Health Sci

L Woolcock - Student Finance

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a person of colour I can recognise and understand all forms of discrimination, and as someone who has suffered such discrimination I will always stand up for those that suffer the same. We are who we are and not what we are.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Promote LGBTUA+ rights.

Debbie - R&IS

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Equality for All ! It's a basic human right, everyone should be working together to create an inclusive working environment whatever your gender, sexual orientation, religion or ethnicity.....

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to educating myself and ensuring that I challenge any inappropriate behaviour.

Emma Mason - English and Comparative Literary Studies

Kat Rock - Mathematics Institute

Clare Blackburn - WMS, Mental Health & Wellbeing, Health Sci

ClareBlackburnWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that everyone should feel comfortable to self identify their gender and sexual and be treated equality and with respect and dignity. I am aware that this is not always the case. I would like to be an advocate for equality, respect and dignity for people who identify as LGBTUA + and offer support to individuals who may need feel that they environment that they work and study in does not offer them this.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will work to: - challenge homophobic language and assumptions among colleagues and the students I teach - encourage my colleagues to review their teaching so that it is inclusive and free of bias towards LGBTUA+ people and issues - review my own language, practices and teaching so that I am not using inappropriate language or material - get to know my LGBTUA+ colleagues and students - learn more about LGBTUA+ issues and the challenges that people face - support LGBTUA+ colleagues and students to challenge bias and discrimination using the university's equality, diversity and inclusion policies

Julie Staunton - Physics

Maeva Grand-Coureau-Basfresne - Centre for Teacher Education

Katherine Stokes - WMS Cell & Dev Bio

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To contribute to making the working environment at Warwick a more inclusive and safe place for all.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be aware of issues through attending events and engage with LGBTUA+ colleagues.

Alexandra Walker - Centre for Teacher Education

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I strongly believe that nobody should be treated differently because of who they love or how they feel about themselves. Individuality should be embraced and encouraged and the strength and courage it takes to be completely comfortable and accept who you are should never be underestimated.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Positivity and support to everyone, equality.

Jackie Montgomery - Centre for Teacher Education

Matthew Evans - International Strategy and Relations

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone has the right to be who they want to be, whenever and wherever they want. We all have a responsibilty to promote a diverse and inclusive society free from prejudice and discrimination. Becoming an LGBTUA+ Supporter is just one of many ways to promote equality for all.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to continue treating everyone equally and fairly whilst not making any assumptions about their sexual orientation or gender identity. I will attend LGBTUA+ events to educate myself and understand issues currently faced by the LGBTUA+ community.

Jo Dobb - CTE Primary

Lucy Jagger - Centre for Teacher Education

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because all human beings deserve to be treated equally without fear of discrimination or prejudice.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenging others when their opinions/actions show negativity towards those in the LGBTUA+ community

Scott Dwyer - Life Sciences

ScottDwyerWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As someone who identifies as queer myself I think visibility for all LGBTUA+ people is important on campus.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be an ally for all LGBTUA+ people and continue to promote for LGBT inclusion in STEM subjects.

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Ros Holmes - Disability Services

Sam Parr - Engagement Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a queer man myself, I want to take an active role in supporting all members of the LGBTUA+ community, but in particular those who are more marginalised.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Listen to fellow LGBTUA+ members of staff and students, and promote their voices and their needs throughout the university.

Juliette Daniel - Procurement and Insurance

Emily Lim - Strategy and Policy

Kathryn Eagle - Library

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter because I believe strongly in the importance of visibility, particularly in a learning environment. I hope to help other staff and students feel like they are supported and are part of a visible community whilst at Warwick.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be a visible supporter and be there to offer help and support to those who need it. Challenge cultural norms and anti-LGBTUA+ views when I encounter them.

Katherine Branch - Physics

Emma Jeavons - Secretary to Council

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have been personally affected by the issues that supporters are acting to promote and address.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Whatever is needed to address the issues still wrongly faced by those in the LGBTUA+ community.

Catherine Fenn - Warwick Medical School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because although I've seen a promising shift in attitudes and behaviours during my lifetime, there is still much to do in support of equality, diversity and inclusion.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As a supporter I would aim to develop a better understanding of how I can best contribute towards improving our working and learning environments. Develop skills and confidence to effectively challenge inappropriate attitudes and behaviours.

Anna Gkiouleka - Psychology

Leigh Walker - Research & Impact Services

Helen White - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Helen WhiteWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have always supported an individuals right to be whatever they want to be and to express themselves freely. I have several friends who identify as LGBTUA+ including my husband and have been active in the community in the past as well as actively supporting LGBTUA+ colleagues in the workplace.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support LGBTUA+ colleagues here at WMG and Warwick University and speak out whenever I hear negative or misunderstood comments about LGBTUA+

Ninna Makrinov - Careers & Skills

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think all of us should be respected; this includes our choices for love, gender identity and any other differences. I want to show that at Warwick we accept out LGBTUA+ community and that they can trust me to be open and respectful.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will be non-judgemental and happy to listen. I will learn more to understand what the needs of our LGBTUA+ staff and students are. I will challenge discrimination and provide support when I can.

Azrini Wahidin - Sociology

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? It is important from a professional, personal and political perspective that we celebrate diversity and create an environment that is inclusive and supportive of diversity to ensure that our students and staff feel able to be themselves without being in fear of discrimination and exclusion.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To embed equality, diversity and inclusion in policy, practice, university and departmental strategy. To provide excellence in good practice across the genders and across the contiuum of sexualities in order to create a safe and supportive working environment to our staff and provide an excellent learning experience to our students.

Sophie Black - Secretary to Council

Penny Hewitt - Secretary to Council

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have LGBTUA+ friends and colleagues who I would like to show support to.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to supporting all of my friends, colleagues staff and students who relate to being LGBTUA+.

Lorraine Blackwell - Warwick Conferences Sales Office

Lorraine BlackwellWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? No matter who you are or your preferences in life, we all should be treated with the same equality and respect. I supported my best friend at school when she decided to announce she was a lesbian and had to deal with the bullying, and violence that she experienced because of it.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenge inappropriate behaviour to others, to educate the uneducated and to support those that need it.

Angela Ward - Chaplaincy

Olga Feher - Psychology

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I firmly believe in promoting equality in all aspects of human experience (financial, racial, social etc.). Gender equality is now in the forefront of the battle and very much in view for the first time, so I want to encourage this trend of acceptance. I especially want to support this community, because it's something I do not have personal experience with and I would like to be educated more about LGBTUA+ experiences/issues. Although I'm well-intentioned, I know it's easy to make mistakes and offend/alienate students or colleagues (even by using a wrong pronoun for instance), and I want to avoid that as much as possible. I would also like to be trusted by students with an alternative gender identity, so that they feel supported by staff and by outsiders, because encouraging positivity and communication is crucial to achieving equal opportunities.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will wear the lanyard and display the card in my office, so LGBTUA+ students can feel at ease and accepted, and if necessary, encouraged to share their concerns/experiences. I will also attend events when possible.

Rebecca Jones - Library (Modern Records Centre)

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am bisexual myself and it is important to me to be visible and comfortable being myself at work, while also supporting and encouraging people who perhaps have not come from such supportive and accepting backgrounds as my own.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be honest about and true to myself; speak openly in support of others; normalise LGBT identities through my words and actions while at work.

Kim Waite - Warwick Volunteers

Sarah Newell - Warwick Volunteers

Sarah NewellWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality for everyone and read the LGBT in Britain University Report with a heavy heart. I am really pleased to be part of a university that is committed to providing a welcoming, supportive environment for all students and staff.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will wear my lanyard with pride and continue to provide a welcoming, supportive environment for everyone, everyday.

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper - Liberal Arts

Gavin Schwartz-LeeperWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Beyond the essential right to dignity on campus, I believe that glossing over our diverse staff and student population has a fundamentally detrimental effect on intellectual inquiry. Universities exist to examine people, ideas, and society with critical eyes; if we ignore or flatten discussions around gender, sexuality, or identity, then we're failing in our central mission (both practically and morally).

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to presenting myself publicly as a supporter, to diversifying my curriculum, and to building departmental support structures (through the personal tutoring system) for LGBTUA+ staff and students.

Naomi Mouland - Strategy and Policy

Naomi MoulandWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Essentially, this is as simple as I believe that all in society should be treated equally, fairly, with respect and dignity. I have always had a strong sense of equality and fairness, which was a reason I trained in Law before joining the University. I have personal experience of being isolated and excluded, of mistreatment and bullying, of seeing LGB friends be abused or violated. This is not an experience I would want any individual to suffer and to ensure that this does not happen people have to take a stand to inequalities, unfairness, mistreatment, and other demeaning behaviours and actions. My becoming an LGBTUA+ Supporter is my first formal step to doing that in the workplace.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Embace gender nuetral language and challenge inappropriate language. Challenge homophobic and transphobic behaviour. Attend LGBTUA+ Events, as and when possible - potentially even become involved in arranging LGBTUA+ events. Being an independent ear to anyone who feels they need to talk (I have a background volunteering with Victim Support on their Victim Support in the Community Programme, essentially being a listening ear and a support when needed, as such I have received training in supporting vulnerable individuals). Treat others as I would like to be treated - a mantra I try to follow in all areas of my life. Learn to not be worried about asking questions if I do not understand or am unsure on an area of the LGBTUA+ experience, culture, life.

Jennifer Spalding - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because all humans are essentially the same, its just the architecture that is different. So if we create a new architecture for the world which is more inclusive, empowering and kinder, we open up spaces for all to flourish.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To learn, to listen, to challenge negativity.

Dr Maebh Harding - School of Law

Dr Maebh HardingWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As the Family Law lecturer at Warwick Law School, my research and teaching focuses on issues of sexuality, gender and gender roles. I use my lectures to challenge the hetero-normative focus of English Family Law and encourage my undergraduate students to examine their biases and pre-conceptions about sexuality and gender. As my Family Law teaching necessarily involves critical discussion of gender and sexuality, I think it is important to make clear my commitment to creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Continue to challenge inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour. Foster an inclusive and supportive environment both in the classroom and amongst my professional colleagues. Be honest about what I don't know and continue to inform myself and re-evaluate my assumptions about LGBTUA+ people and issues.

Anne Gerritsen - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To me, being a supporter of LGBTUA+ is like breathing air: the most normal thing in the world! But if it is helpful and meaningful to make this support visible to others, then I would be delighted.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To make my support visible in the department and to continue to work towards equality and diversity in this university.

Chrissie Cooper - Academic Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am happy to promote a supportive presence on campus for the LGBTUA+ community

Kate Mawson - Centre for Teacher Education

Laura Harris - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

Tracey Bennett - Organisational Development

Tracey Bennett Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As an equality and diversity trainer since 1999, I actively support LGBTUA people both within the work place and throughout my personal life. I firmly believe that no one should be treated unfairly or with prejudice or discriminated against based on their gender or sexual preference and I actively promote this ethos. I would be happy to support my colleagues from the LGBTUA community whenever possible.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As a trainer and general member of the university of Warwick, I regularly promote equality and diversity, fairness, inclusivity and unconscious bias. I challenge any inappropriate or offensive language or behaviour both in the training environment and throughout my daily working life and personal life whenever I come into contact with such language or behaviour.

Victoria Strudwick - Strategy and Policy

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like LGBTUA+ colleagues and students to know and feel that they are supported and welcome within the University community.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To always consider whether my actions and language are fully inclusive to members of the LGBTUA+ community.

Hendrik Pontson - Registrar's Business Group

Vanessa Munro - Law

Des Hewitt - Centre for Teacher Education

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To help develop a more inclusive society.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Treat everyone decently.

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Lauren Baker - Teaching Quality

Laura Heathfield - Strategy and Policy

Laura HeathfieldWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I firmly believe that everyone has the right to be treated equally, with dignity and respect. I have seen the challenges that my brother faced when coming out as a gay man, and despite the positive steps that have been taken in our society, there is still a lot of work to do both in the UK and internationally to remove prejudice and discrimination. I fully support this action to work together to ensure that Warwick is an inclusive community which positively embraces diversity and where everyone feels safe and supported to be themselves.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As a communications professional I commit to ensuring that the language used in our materials is inclusive, gender neutral and that any unconscious bias is challenged. I will continue to learn, listen and act on the challenges facing the LGBTUA+ community.

Jo Bowers - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

Jo BowersWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I can't believe that this is still a discussion we are having to have. Everyone should have the right to be and to love whoever they want without fear of discrimination, judgement or intolerance.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To be an ally for any LGBTUA+ colleagues, to challenge homophobic or transphobic behaviour and to learn more about the issues faced by LGBTUA+ members of our community.

Becky Gittins - Finance

Becky GittinsWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a non-LGBT+ person, I am granted the privilege of not being judged for my sexuality and gender identity. As an ally, I should use my privilege to provide a platform for those who are too often silenced by intolerant opinions and practices in society. No positive social change was ever achieved by those with a voice staying quiet, it's our duty to speak out and make Warwick a great place to work for everyone!

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being a visible advocate and supporter of LGBT+ colleagues and students. As importantly, I commit to challenge discriminatory behaviour and actions when I see it, in the hope that discrimination and prejudice do not become normalized at Warwick.

Georgina Newton - CTE

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am committed to equality and diversity in all walks of life, not just training, education and the workplace. I have completed unconscious bias training and am aware of the need to examine and check for my own prejudices when dealing with other people. I train students in the awareness of "self" and "otherness" and am aware of ways in which these terms can creep into our language, culture and society. A Christian, I am aware of people who hold strong beliefs and who wish to have those beliefs upheld, but I am also aware that this can sometimes appear prejudiced. I challenge both those positions, highlighting that to maintain one's own protected characteristics, one has to also respect and accept the protected characteristics of another. I evaluate and reflect on my attitudes to equality and diversity, and being chair of the CTE Athena Swan SAT gives me ample opportunity to do this, both individually and with a team of others who can bring about real change in the workplace.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to continuing to explore, examine and challenge my own attitudes to all areas of diversity and equality and to making the workplace a space where everybody has the right to enjoy their work and be appreciated.

Fiona Linton - Warwick Mathematics Institute

Fiona LintonWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a LGBTUA+ role model, I feel that I am already a LGBTUA+ supporter.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to always challenge homophobic language and behavior. I will also encourage those around to do the same. Also I will always speak openly and honestly about my positive experiences here at Warwick.

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Stefano Dunne - Film & TV Studies

Rupam Jagota - Psychology

Rose Cocks - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To help ensure that each member of society is understood and accepted.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Display my support for the LGBTUA+ society and educate myself about the issues surrounding it.

Marieke Otten - Life Sciences

Victoria Wynne - School of Engineering

Lucy Iles - Life Sciences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want everyone to feel welcome, supported and comfortable to be themselves.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Accept and support everyone regardless of their sexual orientaion or gender identity.

Sharleen Hussey - Physics

Nicki Pegg - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? This is a subject close to my heart as I've seen close family members struggle with their sexuality. Why is it no one has to say I'm straight? I'm hopeful that one day no one will have to explain who they love. Love is love

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Questioning homophobic behaviour and reflecting on my own unconscious biases; providing a listening ear to colleagues and students when necessary

Kirsty Weeks - CTE

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Warwick should be welcoming and supportive to everyone.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? My lanyard will be a visible signal of my support. I will challenge when I feel someone is not being fully included.

Barbel Finkenstadt - Statistics

Barbel FinkenstadtWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? This is a human rights challenge that should not be neglected anymore.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? We should all speak out when someone is being discriminated against or treated unfairly because of who they love or how they look.

Eloise Hollis - WBS

Nat Das Neves Rodrigues - Chemistry

Nat Das Neves RodriguesWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to join my voice to those who fight for the right to love whoever you want, and to be free to define your own identity regardless of societal (fake!) constraints. My support for LGBTUA+ is an inseparable part of my support and fight for human rights.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenging misconceptions, language and homophobic behaviour - I already do this whenever I encounter it. I am also interested in attending events to better understand the challenges LGBTUA+ people face on campus and beyond, and to learn how I can further help change these.

Ols Upson - Life Sciences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To show my support of the LGBTUA community in a more concrete manner. To raise awareness and recognise the need for equal opportunities and representation for those of alternative sexual orientation and identification.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenge any inappropriate/ offensive behaviour or language and be careful not to make any assumptions/ aim to use correct pronouns etc.

Betty Sands - Life Sciences

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because it's the right thing to do and because diversity is good for everyone!

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Listen to others and challenge negative behaviour.

Jackie Gallocker - Warwick Business School

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe passionately that the way forward to ensure a fair and inclusive society rests with every individual, and we should all strive to encourage inclusion and diversity in our own circles, be it at work or at play. It doesn't matter what you are or what you have, it's all about who you are and what you have to offer to others.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will challenge any unacceptable behaviour or prejudices that come to my attention.

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like to help challenge behaviors that are unkind to certain groups of people. To understand what it means to experience discrimination and prejudice as a result of sexual preferences. Understand my unconscious values and reflect on these to become a more understanding and empathetic person for my colleagues and others to whom are part of this group.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be honest about what I know and don't know about this community. Not to be scared to ask people about their experiences. Evaluate and understand what the assumptions of this community are.

Amelia Ireland - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality and that we all have the right to love whoever we want to, without facing prejudice, discrimination or marginalisation.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenge homophobic language and behaviour where I see it, and to create open and inclusive environments at society events and activities and help to run. I also commit to reflecting on my own unconscious biases, challenging these and encouraging others to do the same.

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Gaby Bodero Jimenez - WMS, MBChB

Fafate Costa - Sociology

Fafate CostaWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I'm committed to the LGBTUA+ cause because I believe that total respect for diversity is the only way for people don't lose their humanity.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I'm LGBTUA + and besides the commitment of my existence in defense of the diversity of gender and consequently equality of rights, I'm available for all activities related to the subject, as well as talk and listen to everyone who share this community in Warwick.

Javier Lopez Rodriguez - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Challenging inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour. Attending LGBTUA+ Events. Getting to know your LGBTUA+ colleagues and speak to them about their experiences. Ask yourself how you would like to be treated at work and reflect on your own values. Be honest about what you know and what you don’t know – and don't be scared to ask. Evaluate your assumptions about LGBTUA+ people.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Supporting others in the LGBTUA+ values and ensuring we are not treated unfairly by others.

Mark Potter - Warwick Retail

Mark PotterWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? It is the right thing to do! I firmly believe that everyone has the right to be treated with respect and work in a supportive environment, which values them for what they do.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge unacceptable behaviour, learn more and listen.

Mark Harris - Centre for Teacher Education

Natalie McGreevy - CLL

Natalie McGreevyWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I support the LGBT community and work with arrange CLL’s attendance at events, such as Coventry Pride.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To help spread opportunities at CLL to the pride community and support students in CLL who are part of the LGBT community.

Ares Osborn - Physics

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am non-binary and pansexual, and this is an integral part of who I am. I have encountered both fantastic support from friends and colleagues, but also awful rejection based on something I cannot - and do not - want to change about myself. I do not want others in my position to experiece that. While I cannot change the minds of every bigot on the planet, I can openly show my support to people like me and educate those around me, in the hopes that this will inspire some small change and foster more positivity towards the LGBTUA+ community.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Openly celebrate my sexual orientation and gender in the hopes that people around me will feel safe and comfortable enough to do the same. Educate myself and the people around me on LGBTUA+ topics. Let the people I work with know that if they want to talk about anything, they can do so without the risk of encountering prejudice or hatefulness.

Matthew Broome - Physics

Matthew BroomeWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a new member of academic staff at the university, I feel it is my responsibility and duty to both staff and students to create a work and study environment that promotes inclusivity and tolerance.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Mostly I want to listen to the experiences of all people at the university (both those who identify as LGBTUA+ as well as those who do not), to be open minded to different views without judgement and with the goal of understanding many perspectives. Ultimately, I share a vision with many others of a more equal and fairer work environment.

Theo Aiolfi - Politics & International Studies

Jeff Jones - WMG

Kamil Holek - Warwick Business School

Alexandra Driscoll - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am a member of the LGBTUA+ community and I would like to be able to raise awareness of the issues that the community faces and help promote LGBTUA+ rights

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I have previously done presentations to raise awareness of LGBTUA+ issues. I am working with the student unions trans officer in planning and deliver additional presentations. I will also work to present a positive image of the LGBTUA+ community and where possible work with the university to promote LGBTUA+ rights.

Sophie Aimée Ahlemeyer - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As part of the community, I would like to show my support.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I want to work on raising awareness surrounding LGBTQ+ rights.

Rebecca Windsor - Wellbeing Support Services

Jane Marshall - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Jane MarshallWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As senior tutor I am keen to encourage an inclusive learning environment in WMG and want to be available and to support students if they have any conerns with bullying or harassment from staff or students.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Inclusivity awareness and behaviour from staff and students.

Miriam Storey - Registrar's Business Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To help make our campus a more inclusive place for everyone - staff and students.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Learn more about LGBTUA+ issues and continue to challenge any unconcious bias/prejudice I may hold.

Lydia Plath - History

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to learn more about LGBT+ people and communities and to challenge my own assumptions.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To call out homophobic or transphobic comments/behaviour and to try to learn.

Celine Martin - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Celine MartinWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter?Given the recent headline stories about Warwick in the news, I feel that we are being overshadowed by a small-minded minority*. I like to think that we are bigger than that and I would like to openly demonstrate that to my colleagues and the student population. I'd also like to be a positive role model for my teenage son.

*At least I'd like to believe that it is a minority!

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge inappropriate behaviour and language. Be mindful of my own language and behaviour and how this impacts on my colleagues. Support and promote LGBTUA+ events.

Despina Weber - Disability Services

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To contribute towards raising awareness and promoting an inclusive community that respects individuality and openness.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To participate in and promote LGBTUA+ events as much as I can. To challenge inappropriate attitudes and behaviors. To reflect on and further develop my understanding of related issues.

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone Does. World Peace.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Love Everyone.

David Lees - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it's absolutely vital that we in the School are an inclusive and welcoming place of work and study. Staff and students need to know that they are safe to learn in an environment open to people from every conceivable background, sexual orientation, gender or race. Recent very high profile events have made it clear that not all students support this vision. I would like to challenge this minority view. I want to stand by LGBTUA+ staff and students. I want to help to foster an inclusive learning environment. I want to show that the School welcomes and embraces LGBTUA + students and colleagues. I also want to learn how I can better support LGBTUA + students and colleagues and to learn more about their experiences at Warwick and within the School. If I was accepted as a supporter, I would welcome the opportunity to attend workshops and networks and to provide a visible presence that the School truly is an inclusive place to work and learn.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I wholeheartedly commit to attending workshops, meetings and networks through ED & I. I would also seek to develop a mentoring scheme within the School for LBTUA + students and would seek to develop conversations around this through the new Midlands peer mentoring network in which I am involved as a Warwick representative. I am keen to offer a demonstrable sign of inclusivity and would want to use my role as Director for Student Wellbeing to support LGBTUA + students by providing opportunities for discussion, networking and informal gatherings. I'd seek to use the physical spaces available to demonstrate the School's support for LGBTUA + students by displaying any materials available and seek to ensure student spaces are safe and inclusive for others through doing this.

Yiding Liu - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it is quie important to empower all members of the Warwick community to create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it is quie important to empower all members of the Warwick community to create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have struggled myself with coming out and being okay being gay. Anything I could do to help others with this difficult process I would gladly do.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? To be as supportive as I can, volunteering myself to be someone to turn to when people need it most. Also, to spread awareness to as many people as possible about LGBTUA+ as possible.

Rebecca Doust - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe everyone should be accepted for who they are and should be happy to be themselves.

Emma Hawtin - Centre for Teacher Education

Michelle Johnson - Warwick Business School

Michelle JohnsonWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have never understood why people are judged based on the person they love, or how they identify. I would love to learn how I can do more to support those who identify as LGBTUA+.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? - To continually learn more and continue to support the LGBTUA+ community. - To challenge any inappropriate language and behaviour. - To publicly show my support around campus by wearing my lanyard.

Amrit Samra - Registrar's Business Group

Jackie Pinks - Computer Science

Stephanie Smith Wright - Estates

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am a part of the community myself and would like to be so visibly. Seeing people in fields like myself being out and open about their sexuality helped me come to terms with my own and eventually come out. If I can be that person for just one other person, then that'd be awesome!

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Continue to challenge non-inclusive language. Be an open ear for people that might need it. Remain open and approachable about being out and safe for people to talk to.

Shantel Edwards - Research & Impact Services

Lila Tennent - Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Sarah Scouller - jobs.ac.uk

Samantha Hudson - Jobs.ac.uk

Mark Pulsford - Centre for Education Studies

India Foster - R&IS

India FosterWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? UNIVERSAL human rights. Non-negotiable. Everyone should live and grow up in a world without any fear of being who they are.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Wear the lanyard. Have E&D in my mind during all research development, events, meetings, planning etc. Stand up to and for others in and out of work - just in life! Be Supportive. Be Kind. As my kids grow, continue to encourage them to embrace all and stick up for others, as they do already.

James Tripp - Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies

Hannah May - Engineering

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As part of the community I want to show solidarity and support.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Tackle LGBTUA+ phobias wherever I can on campus, and show solidarity to others in the community.

Alice Di Trolio - Estates

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a pansexual I want to support all my trans, cis and non-binary LGBTQIA+ siblings in what can be a challenging environment to let them know they are not alone, and are heard.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I commit to educate the ignorant and be a open friend to any LGBTUA+ colleague or student who needs one.

Mary Ryder - Warwick Arts Centre

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe communities are enriched by diversity and everyone deserves to be welcomed and accepted for who they are. If I can do even a small thing to help create a open and respectful community then I want to be a part of it.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? To be aware of and challenge my own unconscious biases, to read more widely, to listen to LGBTUA+ stories and experiences.

Charon Yu - Warwick Manufacturing Group

James Sprittles - Mathematics Institute

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To make people from all walks of life feel welcome at Warwick.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? To do my best to promote inclusivity and support LGBTUA+ activities.

Yvonne Budden - Library

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone should have the right to feel safe and included in their studies and workplace! University was a wonderful period for me in enabling me to be comfortable with my sexuality and to meet people with vastly different experiences of my own. If I can help others feel as comfortable and supported as I did at University then that would be great.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? To always challenge homophobic, transphobic or biphobic language or attitudes where I see them expressed. Ensure that all our documentation is gender neutral in language and content. To strive to create an inclusive atmosphere in my team and in general. To ensure I maintain my unconscious bias training and continue to practice it.

Maria Barrett - School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies

Maria BarrettWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because LGBTUA+ friends and colleagues continue to be discriminated against and face harassment, discrimination, and bullying in the workplace. I want to be a visible ally.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Ensure my teaching is aware and inclusive. Stand and be heard when necessary to challenge homophobia and transphobia.

Lisa Wilberforce - Warwick Business School

Lisa WilberforceWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? My Son is transgender and I feel that I have somewhat of an understanding of how difficult it can be this community. I can also appreciate how others are often just not aware of issues around LGBTUA+ and simply do not have opportunities to talk and learn and to better understand and empathise with any of the LGBTUA+ community.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I am happy to openly support the LGBTUA+ community and will raise awareness where necessary when I see any inappropriate behaviour and language. I do not see myself as an expert in anyway but would be happy to talk with others about their experiences or offer up my own to encourage speaking about this topic in a more honest and open way around Campus and the wider local community.

Rosie Bellamy - Research & Impact Services

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? People's gender or sexuality should not affect the way that they are treated. I hope to contribute to fostering an open and supportive environment for all staff and students at the University.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I commit to supporting the LGBTUA+ community by being open and understanding of the challenges they may face, challenging discriminatory attitudes and publicly showing my support by wearing the lanyard with pride.

Jane Andrews - Warwick Manufacturing Group

Carol Wild - Centre for Teacher Education

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I run an MA course in Education. My students are teachers in Early Years, Primary and Secondary Education and I'm acutely aware of the responsibility they have for setting an example to children and young people of what inclusivity looks like, so I need to be an example to them!

Ronaldo Luis Rodas Jara - Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal & Research

Ronaldo Luis Rodas JaraWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like to share my life experience with people who also identify as LGBTUA. I have a background in psychology and I believe I can serve as a friend and a representer of a minority group in Warwick as I come from Latin America. It is also crucial to be represented in various settings of the university, and I would like to represent with PRIDE my department, CEDAR.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to promote the awareness of LTGTUA as an identity. I teach some courses at the university so I also wish to serve as a role model for younger students who also identify as LGBTUA. Furthermore, I would like to participate in events for students or help to organize events that promote equality and understanding of students who are LGBTUA at Warwick.

Cherryl Jones - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Working in widening participation I am keenly aware of how much harder life can be for people who feel that they are seen as 'other' in some way and have always stood with the LGBTUA community in raising awareness and challenging the notion of 'other'.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I will aim to be inclusive and considerate of the needs of the LGBTUA community, in line with the Dignity at Warwick Policy, and will tackle any discriminatory practices I observe which directly or indirectly impact members of our LGBTUA community.

 

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Provost - Christine Ennew - Vice Chancellor's Office

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I want to Chris ensure that Warwick can provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all of our students, for our staff and for the broader community. And I want this to be an environment in which we value individuals for what they bring, for what they do and what they offer; an environment in which we celebrate and value diversity in all of its forms

What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? To support all of our community to create and environment in which everyone is valued for their worth and treated fairly, kindly and with respect. To be a role model and to be available to support my LGBTUA+ colleagues wherever and however I can

Ana Belen Fernandez - Human Resources

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a AnaLGBTUA+ supporter because I don't think the person one chooses to love should matter to anyone else apart of the individual itself and because we should celebrate love instead of trying to stop it to happen.

What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? As a member of the HR reward team I commit to promote equality and diversity within the reward processes and to openly support the LGBTUA+ both in public or in private, if any colleague needs it.  

Nicky Harris - Human Resources

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like to ensure that we all work together to create an inclusive and open working environment for all members of staff and students within The University of Warwick.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge unacceptable behaviour and raise awareness within the departments I advise.

Chloe Agg - School of Engineering

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in Chloeequality for everyone, and that equality and diversity is to the benefit of all. As such, I want to do anything I can do to help promote the rights of all minority or protected groups and individuals

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will challenge inappropriate language and behaviour, and do whatever I can to make my lectures, my office and the workplace around me an inclusive environment.

Professor Peter Scott - Department of Chemistry

Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I always have been a LGBT supporter and I like to think I have given useful support to Peter Scottstudents and colleagues in this sphere on many occasions. Right now with the rise of reactionary forces around the world it is important for Warwick and individual colleagues to make a visible stand.

What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter?

  • Complete the Unconscious Bias Module
  • Promote LGBTUA+ events
  • Challenge inappropriate language and behaviour
  • Think what I can do in my role to promote an inclusive envirnoment
  • Think about whether language used on promotional material is gender specific.

    Oriane Boulay - Library

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? OrianeI believe in equality. Whatever your gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity or religion, we can all make the university a better place . Actually the more diverse we are, the better the university will become! I also want to pledge my support to the LGBTUA+ community on campus.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? My aims are to foster an inclusive environment and to promote the LGBTUA+ messages in my department .

    Dee Yon Chng - Politics, International Studies and Global Sustainable Development

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because it's the right and decent thing to do. There doesn't need to be a heartfelt, philosophical reason as to why I believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of sexuality, race, gender etc

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? What I'm already doing, treating everyone with kindness and I'm meant to as a human to my fellow humans. I'm commiting to do my part and a little bit more in ensuring Warwick university is a hate free, safe space for all.

    Gill Frigerio - Centre for Lifelong Learning

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to celebrate the great strides towards equality that we have seen in the UK over recent years but also challenge the long way we have to go, here and elsewhere in the world, to ensure that everyone is free to love who they love and be who they are.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to not making any assumptions or judgement about people's sexual orientation or gender identity and to do what I can to foster an inclusive environment in my teaching and throughout my work.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I'm strongly opposed to prejudices base on sexuality and gender identity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Avoid negative terms, help educate colleagues and engage in positive discussion.

    Christopher Strelluf - Centre for Applied Linguistics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be an ally for LGBTUA+ people, and to support human well-being in whatever capacity is helpful.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Display commitment card; challenge inappropriate behaviour and language; complete training; advocate for justice

    Chrissie Elliot-Duxson - Economics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want everyone to be treated the same regardless of any characteristics or personality traits. I would like to think that the University is a supportive atmosphere where you can be free to be yourself without fear of judgement.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge anything I see that's inappropriate, help people to feel free to be themselves and help to create an inclusive working environment

    Sean Mulcahy - School of Theatre and Perfomance Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a queer researcher, I have always been a strong LGBTUA+ Supporter and am committed to promoting a working and learning sean_mulcahy-77.jpgenvironment where LGBTUA+ individuals can be themselves, be treated equally and be supported and respected.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As an LGBTUA+ Supporter, I commit to:
    - Working towards an inclusive and welcoming learning environment where LGBTUA+ issues are freely and respectfully discussed
    - Speaking up against and challenging homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language, attitudes and behaviour
    - Getting to know my LGBTUA+ colleagues and students and being available to listen and speak with them about their experiences if they need support
    - Being honest about what I know and what I don’t know, and evaluating my assumptions
    - Using appropriate, gender inclusive language in all my communications

    Matthew Nicholson - Warwick Sport

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter as I am passionate about creating an matthewinclusive environment that will enable all students and staff to feel empowered to take part in more sport and fitness activities, without participation barriers and fear of judgment, persecution or pressure to conform.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to ensure that equality and diversity are at the heart of our #TeamWarwick clubs. I commit to providing development opportunities for Sports Exec's to learn about LGBTUA+

    Anna Karolina Richardson - Warwick Arts Centre

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? It is important for me to be a visible and approachable point of contact Annaand support for the LGBTUA+ community, especially in my department as working at Warwick Arts Centre means that I come into contact with a huge range of customers, clients and visiting companies. Being a supporter also encourages others to learn and ask questions about LGBTUA+ issues.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I'm committed to learning more and challenging my own assumptions about the LGBTUA+ community; to challenging homophobic and transphobic language, attitudes, and behaviors and to listening to and supporting LGBTUA+ colleagues and customers

    Joseph Kennedy - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Why not?

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Endorse everyone's individuality and right to happiness. Be who you are.

    Thomas Cooney - Jobs.Ac (WEG)

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To network and meet like-minded people, discuss my specific interests and Thomas Cooneyrelate with sharers.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Share my experience with people under pressure from judgement and reaction, help those in hiding to come out and be who they are.

    Kimberley Neal - Library

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I feel that everyone should be treated equally and that in a modern society this should be a given and not something we have to continue to work towards.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will work towards creating an inclusive and welcoming environment to staff and users of the Library/University. I will seek knowledge to better my understanding of the LGBTUA community and strive for equality for all.

    Declan Forster - Mathematics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I'm gay and I love people that love people!

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Stand by my fellow members of the LGBT+ community and confront homophobia, transphobia etc. in all its forms and in all instances.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Gay and want to challenge homophobia in sports

     What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge any homophobic behaviour

    Krista Cadiente - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to increase visibility by just showing we exist and are regular diverse people from all walks of life like anyone else.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being a voice for LGBT people when one is lacking and to continue educating myself and others around me.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I'm LGBT myself and want to make a change in how our identities are perceived. I want everyone in the community to know they're not alone by displaying the fact that I'm part of the community myself.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to speaking up when I encounter discrimination, attend events and be proud of who I am.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to make sport more inclusive towards trans people who can often feel excluded whether this is from changing rooms or general ignorance.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to make campus a more welcoming place for trans individuals by being visible.

    Bethany Jenkins - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that everyone deserves equal rights because the differences Bethany Jenkinsbetween people should be valued and appreciated, not looked down on. Also, as I am a gay woman myself, this is an issue that is very personal for me.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to support the LGBTUA+ community in any way I can. I will try to stand up to bigotry whenever I encounter it, and will attend events that support the community.

    Vicky Hodgkins - Academic Office

    Margaret Charleroy - History

    Sarah Olin - Psychology

    Brian Karanja - Strategic Planning and Analytics Office

    Alex Dixon - Computer Science

    Lucy Rose Nixon - Law

    Hywel Rowles - Strategic Planning and Analytics Office

    Stephen Soanes - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am LGBT and would like to make my support obvious to colleagues who may not be aware.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter?Stephen Soanes
    I commit to speaking out in favour of respect for diversity, regardless of the stripe (LGBTQUA+ and beyond boundaries of sexuality). I commit to challenging any actions or words that do not respect diversity and self-determination. I commit to attending LGBTUA+ events, and sharing experiences openly (with equal respect for privacy and discretion). I commit to continuing to learn about other experiences and for those who define their sexuality in different ways such as transexuality, pansexuality, asexuality - and yes straight sexuality!

    Kelly Chennery - School of Law

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I hope that colleagues and students from the LGBTUA+ community can benefit from being in an environment where conversations about their home or private life don’t have to be edited for fear of judgment or repercussions. I want to help the University promote an inclusive working environment and make sure that I am visible as in support of an open, inclusive and accepting working environment.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To actively challenge inappropriate behaviour and language that I may witness. Be an approachable contact for anyone who wants to speak with someone without judgment. Attend LGBTUA+ events and feedback messages to colleagues, and make sure that the office is inclusive and safe for colleagues, students and visitors.

    Diane Park - Research & Impact Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because all of us deserve to live our lives without fear of discrimination and to be treated with consideration and respect.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge inappropriate language and behaviour. Think about the people's feelings. Attend some LGBTUA+ Events.

    Katie Klaassen - Research and Impact Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because everyone should be treated with respect and dignity regardless of sexual orientation or definition

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge discrimination and prejudice

    Rebecca Silver - Research and Impact Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have friends and family that are part of this community, why would I not show my support to them and others!

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To listen, be understanding and show support without prejudice. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. ! (sorry that's plagiarism at its worst, Maclaren)

    Claire McDonald - Warwick Medical School

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be an LBGTUA support because I below as I believe in equality for all

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will publically show my support by wearing the lanyard

    Catherine Gordon - Centre for Applied Linguistics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because Warwick should stand as a beacon of excellence in HE as an inclusive, open and welcoming place to work and study.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will champion LGBTUA+ rights through creating an atmosphere of inclusion and openness in my interactions with others.

    Karen Berry - Warwick Retail

    Helen Morris - Warwick SU Marketing

    Stephanie Whitehead - School of Engineering

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Discrimination in any form makes me feel incredibly sad. It is wrong. Becoming and LGBTUA+ supporter is one small way that I feel that I can demonstrate my support for everyone who just wants to get on with their lives without fear of discrimination. To me it is about solidarity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will continue to challenge homophobic, discriminatory attitudes and language wherever I encounter it. I will also think carefully about my own behaviour, considering how inclusive my own actions are.

    Clair Henrywood - Teaching Quality

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Clair Henrywood
    I want to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter because everyone has a right to be their true self both within and without of a work-setting. I want everyone to be treated the same regardless of their gender.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being open and understanding, and that in interactions with me, people know that they can be themselves. I commit to challenging inappropriate behaviour and to challenging any assumptions.

    Catherine Bennett

    Warwick Medical School

    Amy Coleman - Student Careers and Skills

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I value people. Regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identification preferences, what colour their socks are or how long their hair is! Appreciating diversity should be about people, regardless of our differing preferences and identities

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to continuing the conversation about inclusion, to challenge conversations that do not promote equality and to champion diversity, in and away from the University.

    Kimberely Harris - Student Careers and Skills

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I think that this should be the default for anyone who is aware of the LGBTUA+ community. i also identify as part of that community.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge stereotypes, stay visible, undermine negative culture and encourage a respectful working environment

    Eleanor Kempster - WMG

    Samantha Flynn - Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal & Research

    Caroline Oakman - External Affairs

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter?
    To speak up when I hear negative comments regarding the gay community

    Sarah Meharg - Deputy Registrar's Office

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality and fighting discrimination. I believe something as simple as pledging can send a strong message to anyone feeling alone that there are people out there who would want you to reach out and connect.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will challenge any inappropriate behavior and I will be aware of any biases in my own behaviors or actions.

    Ross Forman - English & Comparative Literary Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want Warwick to be a friendly campus for everyone and an inclusive learning environment. As a queer person and as a visible LGBTUA+ supporter, I want to listen and share experiences with others at Warwick. I also want to promote queer studies, which should have an important place in our humanities curriculum--and which is of benefit to all students.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am committed to continuing to learn about issues of concern to LGBTQUA+ communities and to challenging homophobic and transphobic speech and attitudes. I am committed to supporting students and other colleagues. I would also like to work to increase the recruitment of LGBTQUA+ students and staff.

    Ellen Holmes - Warwick SU Sabb Team

    Eva Mussio - Academic Office

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I love this inclusive and open minded society and I hope that in more and more countries all individuals will be free to express themselves.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I already see everyone as equal and I believe I am behaving accordingly however I would be prepared to learn more about LGBTUA+ identities in the world.

    Madeleine Langeveld - WMG

    Fiona Barrett - Scarman House

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe all people should be treated equally and allowed to live their lives to the full, to be happy and love unconditionally whoever that person may be.

    Jere Koskela - Statistics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? The statistics on problems faced by LGBTUA+ people are appalling. I want to be an ally to my students and colleagues.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To listen to members LGBTUA+ communities, and to offer whatever support they feel is helpful.

    Mark Southall - Scarman House

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am a strong believer of equality in the work place and in general.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Promote equality in the work place.

    Susan Ash - Library Facilities Team

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think there is a need for support and education for both students and staff and I would love to be more approachable. I think the rainbow lanyard is a really good idea to make supporters more visible.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will wear my lanyard with pride and make time to listen to anyone who needs help or support. I will challenge any inappropriate language or behaviour in an attempt to educate others.

    Liam Steadman - Computer Science

    Lee Butcher - Chemistry

    Olivia Nolan - finance Office

    Elia Gironacci - School of Engineering

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think that everyone should be fully involved in creating an opportune and welcoming environment for everyone else. I think that a lot has been done in the past few years in this direction, but our attention to this should never stop.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support those who need support, promote any LGBTUA+ initiative and 'challenge' any disrespectful behaviour.

    Emma Francis - English and Comparative Literary Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to foster Warwick's commitment to being an inclusive, welcoming place where everyone can feel confident to be who they are and, if they wish, to be open about their personal life without fear. I want to be a visible source of supportive contact for anyone in the process of exploring or revealing their LGBTUA+ identity in unsupportive family or social circumstances. I want to do what I can to make sure that no colleague or student is hurt or discriminated against because of their gender or sexuality. I want all of our differences to be celebrated.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will challenge transphobic and homophobic language, assumptions and actions; I will be a visible point of contact and support for students and colleagues who have experienced abuse, hurt or discrimination because of their gender or sexual identity, whether it has occurred inside or outside the University; with their permission, I will celebrate the life and family events and successes of my LGBTUA+ students and colleagues as vociferously as I celebrate those of my heterosexual and cissgender students and colleagues.

    Helen James - Warwick Conferences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to contribute towards a inclusive society where anyone is free to be whoever they want to be, and is respected and treated with dignity by everyone.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to leading by example and promoting an environment of equality and inclusion within my work place. I will always challenge unacceptable behaviours and try to re-educate the misinformed.

    Kathryn Woods - History

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To promote inclusive teaching and learning, and highlight LGBTUA+ issues at the University of Warwick

    What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge inappropriate homophobic and transphobic language and attitudes; promote LGBTUA+ history; promote inclusivity in the classroom

    Edward Charles - Film and Television Studies/English

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am a member of the LGBT+ community and I want to be a more active participant in sharing pride and overcoming stigma

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Attend LGBT+ events and be a good role model and representative of the community

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because everyone deserves to be valued for who they are and what they bring. Diversity is a wonderful thing which makes the world a brighter, more loving and much more interesting place. I do not want to work in a place that does not accept people for who they are and value them on their merits.

    Michael Gale - Computer Science

    Julie Taylor - Warwick Conference Park and Events

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter because anything I can do to highlight and improve the working relationships across the University is a positive thing.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To ensure the University community works together - treating everyone equally.

    Elizabeth Stanway - Physics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As an asexual academic, with friends from a large range of genders and sexualities, I am aware of the need for both role models and support - the opportunity for individuals to express themselves and their different perspectives and needs without fear of prejudice.

    What do you commit to do as a LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am prepared to listen and engage with any student who approaches me - and to display supporter status for anyone to see. I commit to attempting to approach each situation without prejudice, and to being aware of my own unconscious biases, working to understand and mitigate them.

    Elisabeth Blagrove - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because despite our society declaring itself more open and inclusive than ever before- prejudice still exists, and is shown in so many small, almost invisible ways every single day. It's up to us all to challenge this prejudice and to promote a society where everyone feels able to be themselves, regardless of sexual orientation, sexuality or gender identity

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging prejudice and discrimination wherever I see it- and to using social media tools to promote LGBTUA+ positive messages.

    Helen Knight - Centre for Education Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I believe that all people should feel safe, secure and supported in their work place. I'm so proud to be a member of the Warwick community. I feel it values the diversity of its staff and students and provides an inclusive and equal environment where people can feel comfortable and can thrive.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be a supportive colleague to all, regardless of their sexuality or gender.

    Stephanie Waldron - Academic Registrars Office

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I strongly believe in equality, both within the work place and the wider community. The supporter programme has the impact of demonstrating to your fellow colleagues that you believe in equal rights for all and that they can be themselves around you without fear.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to my desk being open to colleagues who seek support. I commit to challenging discrimination of any kind. I commit to furthering my own learning and keeping my knowledge up to date, particularly with regard to terminology and current issues impacting all parts of the LGBTUA+ community.

    Ruth Patchett - Chemistry

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I already consider myself to support the LGBTUA+ community, if I can do so better with the support of the University and by being more visible this is something I am keen to do. I want students and staff at Warwick (and beyond) to feel safe and supported and proud to celebrate who they are without fear. I would like to help educate myself and those around me to work practically to make Warwick and our wider communities supportive and safe spaces. My role involves a lot of working with children and STEM outreach and I want to improve myself so that I can be better at helping them to achieve their potential.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Learn about issues that affect the LGBTUA+ community and share my learning Complete the E&D E-Learning Modules Complete the Unconscious Bias Module - I have already attended a course on this Promote and attend LGBTUA+ events, training and offer to help with events where possible Challenge inappropriate language and behaviour Think what I can do in your role to promote an inclusive envirnoment Think about whether language used on promotional material is gender specific

    Emily Stilwell - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I believe that everyone has the right to be true to themselves and to love whomever they want to love.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To speak up whenever I can, to be a proud supporter and to help educate those who are ignorant and scared of the LGBTUA+ community.

    Sandra Beaufoy - HR

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support my LGBTUA+ colleagues and to foster an environment where everyone is treated fairly and without discrimination.

    Chloë Guy - WMS

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone deserves the safety and assurance to openly be who they are

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support and help anyone who needs it to be themselves.

    Dan Martin - Physics

    Dan MartinWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am strongly committed to the promotion of equal opportunities in any and every circumstance. I wish to show LGBTUA+ colleagues and non-LGBTUA+ colleagues alike that this is an important issue to me and should be to everyone. I hope to find out more about LGBTUA+ staff and students in Physics and across the department.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to keeping an open mind and trying not to make assumptions. I commit to treating all colleagues how I would like to be treated, regardless of identity or status. I commit to being a visible ally and using my role to progress and promote equality.

    Clement Mawby - Physics

    Emilija Kazakaityte - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? There are a lot of defaults in this society and one of them is being straight and confident about their gender. The situation is better now than it is used to be, but I still keep noticing discrimination and irrelevant spotlight on the minorities. I would really like to take part in that default fight so that eventually gender and sexuality spectrum would be understandable and comfortable for everyone.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will do my best to fight discriminative comments as I encounter some, share the idea of equality as I see it, do not emphasize someone's gender or sexuality as the main distinctive feature, support the ones that need support.

    David Coates - School of Theatre & Performance Studies and Cultural & Media Policy Studies

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    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? The University of Warwick is an inclusive and diverse community. I have long benefitted from it being just so. By proudly wearing the rainbow lanyard as an LGBTUA+ supporter I want to ensure that visitors and new members of the community know that Warwick welcomes all.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being open with colleagues, students and visitors about my own experiences as a member of the LGBTUA+ community at Warwick. I will challenge anyone who threatens the wonderful diversity of our campus.

    Josie Lovett - Wellbeing Support Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality for all and want to promote that in the university. I feel that we should celebrate diversity and contribute to highlighting discrimination.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge inappropriate behaviour and speak up to promote equality.

    Library Facilities Supervisor - Library

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone deserves to be a individual and who they want to be and feel comfortable being who they are

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Support those who need support & challenge those who are closed minded and who show discrimination

    Scott Payling - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

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    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to support LGBTUA+ colleagues in a visible way and contribute to the strive for equality regardless of ones personal identity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge discrimination against LGBTUA+ supporters.

    Dan Derricott - Teaching Quality

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    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Working in an organisation which is inclusive and welcoming to all is something I really value. I want to help reinforce and promote this for students and staff across Warwick, so I will wear the lanyard and be available to support others with pride.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will champion inclusivity in the team I manage, the department I work in and the wider University community, and I will challenge behaviours that contradict this.

    Vici Andrews - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Rebecca Habberley - Wellbeing Support Services

    Rebecca Habberley

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be part of a university that believes in inclusivity. I believe in equality for all and if this will help in some small way to continue raising awareness around difference and discrimination faced by people every day in the work-place I want to be part of it.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will commit to wearing my rainbow lanyard and engage in conversation if questions are asked. I will ensure I remain conscious of discrimination faced by LGBTUA+ I will be a supportive, listening person.

    Adam Miller - Wellbeing Support Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? In my current role I offer and provide lots of support to students from very diverse backgrounds and as a qualified social worker I strive to promote equality and challenge discrimination.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will look to promote equality and challenge any form of discrimination. I will ensure that all students who I come into contact will feel able to talk openly and not feel judged in any way. I am a supporter of LGBTUA, equality and diversity.

    Ryan Dee - WMS, MBChB

    Ryan DeeWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I've previously run LGBT+ student societies and also am currently chair of Warwick Medic Pride

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Promote LBGT+ health through Warwick Medic Pride

    Beth Hampshire - Physics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Being a supporter is important because visibility is important.

    Tara Bate - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality for all and I'd like to help create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Help to create an inclusive working environment and challenge inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour.

    Kirsten Harris

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    Sarah Gilbert - Academic Office

    Sarah GilbertWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am a member of the LGBTUA+ community and enjoy working in a place where this aspect of my identity can be fully visible. I would like to be able to assist with helping other LGBTUA+ to feel this way about working or studying at Warwick

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I pledge to challenge prejudice and inappropriate language or treatment I see both at work and outside of it. I will keep speaking out about the breadth of the LGBTUA+ experience and those identities that can sometimes be forgotten about or lack general awareness. I commit to listening when people with those identities are speaking and expressing their needs and challenging my own assumptions and judgements. I pledge to trust that people are the experts of their own experiences.

    Anne Maynard - School for Cross-faculty Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I currently support someone who is Trans and has gone through many emotions on this journey and I have learned a lot and wish to support this is any way I can. Both of my children are gay and I have been through a lot with them particularly prejudice when they were at school.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I support Birmingham Pride and I also am involved in counseling in the Hansworth community.

    Amy Smith - School of Engineering

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? The University should be a space where all people feel safe to work and study without fear of prejudice or judgement.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? The University should be a space where all people feel safe to work and study without fear of prejudice or judgement.

    Tishtrya Mehta - Physics

    Tishtrya MehtaWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? It's important for everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexuality, to feel safe and welcomed both in their personal and work lives.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Educate myself and others on LGBTQ+ issues and provide a space for people to express themselves and seek support.

    Laura Gendre - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Ceri Amphlett - Warwick Employment Group

    Nik Frost - Life Sciences

    Gabrielle Harrison - Warwick Medical School

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it is important that we continue to strive for equal rights and representation. It is easy for many people in the heterosexual community to assume that as the laws have begun to change, all the work has been done but this is not the case. I believe the future can hold great things for the inclusion of all but only if we engage with the struggles and difficulties faced in an intelligent and meaningful way.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Continue to engage with and learn from the LGBTUA+ community as a whole, rather than just areas I have most familiarity with. Additionally to improve my own appreciation of the struggles faced and improve my position as member of and ally to the entire community.

    Lydia Obirek - Centre for Teacher Education

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I an fair ethical and gay myself. I believe in doing the right thing. I would never countenance any kind of bigotry or bullying or inappropriate behaviour. I also keep in touch with LGBTUA+ new such as reading the Role Models 2016 - Celebrating LGBTUA+ at Warwick page.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge homophobic and transphobic language and behaviour in all it's guises. Promote LGBTUA+ to my colleagues and others

    Amy Fitzgibbon - School Modern Languages and Cultures

    Mark Finnie - Warwick Print

    Louise Dyson - Mathematics and Life Sciences

    Richard Ford - WMS, MBChB

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everybody should be able to live the life they want, peacefully and without fear.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Get more involved in the movement for equality.

    Diane Maclagan - Mathematics

    Anne Green - WMS, Translational & Experimental Med, Biomed Sci

    Gabrielle Bennett - Centre for Teacher Education

    Emma Rawlings - Centre for Teacher Education

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because we all deserve to be treated fairly and granted the same respect regardless of our gender, sex, beliefs, colour of our skin or who we fall in love with. We live in a country rich with differences and those differences should be celebrated. As such a diverse university in all other aspects, I'm glad to see Warwick now championing LGBTUA+ as well. We're all just people after all.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Continue to learn about the LGBTUA+ community. Challenge discriminatory language and behaviour wherever I see it. Connect with other supporters and promote equality for all at every opportunity.

    Hannah Finnan - Warwick Employment Group

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to help to promote a working environment where individuals can be themselves and are respected for what they choose.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Share any awareness online or on social media and influence other members of staff at Warwick Employment Group to register as an LGBTUA supporter

    Rachel Cooper - Centre for Teacher Education

    Julie Taylor - Centre for Teacher Education

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have been really saddened to hear recently that one of our students has been on the receiving end of discriminatory treatment in their school placement and so as our Primary/EY Partnership Lead, I feel strongly that I would like to show our departmental support for the LGBTUA+ community.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am currently in the process of tackling and challenging the homophobic behaviour that has been reported to me. I intend to share a dilemma featuring an example of discriminatory behaviour with school-based mentors and the students in next year's cohort so we can discuss and consider how incidents such as this should be prevented and/or dealt with by all parties involved.

    Rebecca Bartram - Centre for Teacher Education

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? In my role working in ITT I think that supporting trainees and staff in primary schools to be supportive and inclusive is a very important and growing aspect of my role.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to acting on any issues that arise from any issues of homophobic issues and bring greater attention to this in my session on working with parents and families as part of my program.

    Emma Johnstone - Life Sciences

    Ciara Doyle - WMS, MBChB

    Damian Adams - IT Services

    Damian AdamsWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I feel that everyone should respect other individuals and treat others in a way that they would wish to be treated. Everybody deserves equal rights. As a gay man I want to show my support that fellow LGBTUA+ students and staff members should all be treated equally.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will show my support by wearing the LGBTUA+ lanyard. Treat everyone with respect. Be supportive to any colleague who feels discriminated against and challenge homophobic attitudes.

    Rupesh Chauhan - Procurement

    Rupesh ChauhanWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support diversity as a whole, in an ideal world we shouldn't have to support particular preferences or traits, whether innate or chosen. Hopefully this is a step towards highlighting there are differences, they are entirely acceptable, and to appreciate diversity as being normal.

    I would also want those who feel they are in a minority to realise that they are within an inclusive environment :)

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge opinions that oppose diversity.

    Rachel Grimes - School of Engineering

    Sarah Bell - Wellbeing Support Services

    Sarah BellWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that everyone has a right to feel safe, respected and valued in their day-to-day life. It's important that all members of the Warwick community (and beyond) feel able to be themselves and for the environment to embrace the unique qualities that the diversity of individuals has to offer.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging pre-conceived expectations of what people 'should' be like. I want to be part of a community that is compassionate and nurturing of each other and I will do what I can to facilitate this.

    Jo Horton - Accounting

    Emily Brannigan - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am LGBTUA+ and would like to make my support obvious so that we can create a space where students feel comfortable to approach a member of staff without fear of judgement.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging any kind of prejudice and discrimination based on gender identity and sexuality. I commit to offering support to my fellow LGBTUA+ staff and students wherever they need it.

    Hannah Stepto - Research & Impact Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Open to suggestions.

    Emily Oliver - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

    Emma Roberts - Research & Impact Services

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to support my LGBTUA+ friends and colleagues and help promote a welcoming and safe environment for all staff and students.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge inappropriate behaviour and language, and to consider whether there are ways I can be more inclusive in my everyday work and the language which I use.

    Rachel Cresswell - Wellbeing Support

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? In my current role, I provide regular support to students and, from a personal and professional perspective, I appreciate the importance of promoting equality and challenging discrimination.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to wearing the rainbow lanyard as a visible representation of my support of the LGBTUA+ community and to raise awareness to help students and others know that I will openly listen and not judge. I also commit to challenge any discriminatory language, behaviour or attitudes whenever I encounter them.

    Emma Tew - Secretary to Council

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because the rights of LGBTUA+ people should not be up for debate and yet here we are in 2018 still having to fights for the basic rights to be recognized and be valued as human beings. As someone that is LGBTUA+ I want to ensure that other LGBTUA+ people feel comfortable and confident to be out and proud of who they are.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To ensure that the language that I use is inclusive in all of my work, to challenge discrimination, to acknowledge the privileges that I hold, to ensure that I am constantly seeking to increase my knowledge and to be visible.

    Kelly Dixon - Secretary to Council

    Hannah Andrews - Wellbeing Support Services

    Joanna Brown - Wellbeing Support Services

    Kulbir Shergill - Director of Social Inclusion, Policy & Strategy

    Kulbir ShergillWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that being an ally is a powerful way to support LGBTUA+ people. In my own life having allies who have supported me in actions against racism (I am of Indian origin) has given me first hand experience of the value and impact of such a role.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging inappropriate language and behaviours and supporting the rights of LGBTUA+ people.

    Miriam Reidy - Wellbeing

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support the culture that values the importance of LGBTUA+ community and to support and encourage people to be themselves.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to make a commitment to celebrating difference amongst our staff and service users and challenging any discriminatory or prejudiced attitudes.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to working hard to ensure that our service is accessible, welcoming and respectful of all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and to challenge any prejudice where it arises

    Matthew A P Turner - Chemistry

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    Michael Staniforth - Chemistry

    Michael StaniforthWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that all people, whether they fall into the categories of LGBTUA+ or not, are directly affected by the problems in society that are immediately faced by that community. The issues of prejudice are global and universal and only a global and universal approach will solve them. There must be a discussion between all people from all walks of life, without gate-keeping or dismissal as "somebody else's problem" if society is ever to move forward and improve. I stand strong and proud as an LGBTUA+ ally in getting involved in that discussion.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will continue to do all I can to foster and supportive and inclusive environment in my workplace. In my efforts to bring together PDRA communities across my faculty and the wider campus I will put inclusivity at the forefront as a primary goal of my work. I will continue to listen to and take on board other people's views and lived experiences, and do all I can to make those experiences as positive as they can be.

    Jamie Clark - Careers & Skills

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Me: we. We're all one.

    Sian Eales - Registrar's Business Group

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To help all Staff and Students to be treated equally regardless of their gender / sexuality

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Help raise awareness and challenge peoples inappropriate /negative views where applicable

    Emily Dunford - SPD

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I passionately believe in equal opportunities for all.

    Rachel Gower - Registrar's Business Group

    Angelina Wanczarskyj - Human Resources

    Angelina WanczarskyjWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter because I believe that in this day and age, everyone should feel comfortable and accepted no matter their gender identity or sexuality. I believe in providing an environment that accepts and values individuals for being themselves in both their personal and work life.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will ensure that I will support any individuals who wish to talk about their experiences with me. I also wish to educate myself and others about issues within the LGBTUA+ community and provide a welcoming environment from my team.

    Sam Cruickshank - Centre for Teacher Education

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because it shouldn't even be an issue but for some reason it is!

    Hannah Hodgson - Warwick Volunteers

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Hopefully I already am. I want the students and staff I work with to know that they are valued for who they are as individuals. Our strength lies in our diversity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will listen to and learn from members LGBTUA+ communities, and try to educate myself on how I can be more useful. I will strive to ensure that my working practices are inclusive and avoid an unconscious or systemic bias.

    Laura Fisher

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    Jenny Garner - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Jenny GarnerWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think it is important that everyone does a little to push the world to be more inclusive and accepting of the great variety of identities that exist. Some people are very secure in their sexual and gender identity, but for those that aren't it's important to offer support, or to provide an environment that does not intimidate them.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being available to speak to or for anyone who may need support, and to challenge discriminatory or thoughtless words and/or behaviour.

    Hayley Trower - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? All people should be free to express their sexual orientation with no negative consequence!

    Valentina Donzella - WMG

    Paul Taylor-McCartney - CTE

    Ella Hattey - International Strategy and Relations

    Magda Mos - Chemistry

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I believe its a right things to do! I belong to LGBTUA anyway :)

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Anything that I can afford time wise

    Laura McGowan - Registrar's Business Group

    Janet Winter - Wellbeing Support Services

    Diana Stefanescu - Warwick Business School

    Diana StefanescuWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone should be allowed to be themselves, without judgement and discrimination. I want to live in a world where people don't feel the need to mention someone is LGBTUA+ in conversation, and where no one from the community feels the need to hide who they are.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I want to contribute to making the campus more open and also be a visible supporter in case anyone needs that. I will be more aware of myself and others around me when it comes to ideas conveyed or the language used.

    Becky Harris - Student Careers and Skills

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? One of my favourite sayings is "be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind." I believe in equality for all! People should be given the space and freedom to be themselves without being judged because of their sexual orientation. At the end of the day we are all human and deserve to be treated with respect and not faced with discrimination.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I pledge to wear my lanyard every day with pride and to treat people with the respect they deserve.

    Claire Edden - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Claire EddenWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I believe that everyone has the fundamental right to equality regardless of sexual orientation and or gender identity. And that we as a University and workplace should celebrate and protect diversity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge negative perceptions and share messaging around the LGBTUA+

    Erin Gorsich - Life Sciences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Why wouldn't you?

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Attend events and provide information about them to interested students.

    Morna Woods - WMS, MBChB Administration, DOPSS

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am fully supportive of the Warwick community and am committed to helping to create an open and inclusive environment for all colleagues and students at Warwick.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As Student Support Officer at Warwick Medical School, I think it is important for all of the staff and students to be aware that I am fully supportive of LGBTUA+

    Sally Wallace - English and Comparative Literary Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that everyone is a unique individual, and this should be celebrated! It shouldn't make a difference whether someone is LGBTUA+ or not - it's the contribution they make to Warwick that's important. Equality and diversity are really important to me: Warwick is an exciting, interesting place to work and this is partly because of the variety of different personalities, viewpoints, and backgrounds on campus. I would like to help as many people as possible feel included and appreciated here, whatever their identity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Call out those who use discriminatory language or treat people negatively because of their identity. Practice using gender neutral terms in my everyday language until I know how people would like to be referred to. Ensure I treat others as I would like to be treated myself; with respect, acknowledged and listened to, friendly and open.

    Eleanor Bowering - Warwick Business School

    Eleanor BoweringWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I feel strongly that a university should be an inclusive place where anyone can feel free and able to express themselves - I'm proud to work at Warwick, and want it to be a community in which everybody feels welcome and equal, no matter what their gender or sexual orientation.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Constantly challenge my own biases, and help others around me to consider their own. Be open to discussion and available to support in any way possible. Continue to learn!

    Erin Dilger - Life Sciences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Equality, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to fair and cohesive society, and should be exemplified within institutions such as Warwick. I'd like to become visible supporter of LGBTUA+ to contribute towards fostering a equal, diverse and inclusive community and be an active and visible presence of support for staff and students with whom I work.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Provide an open and inclusive working environment for all the Warwick staff and students. Evaluate and challenge my own perceptions by completing the Unconscious Bias Module.

    Saraa Kaleem - Life Sciences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am part of the LGBTUA+ community due to not being heterosexual. I already advocate for the rights of those that are prejudiced against due to their sexuality and am very proactive in asking people's pronouns, and otherwise making sure that I am accommodating people's rights.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to continue to fight for everyone's right to love who they love, to be validated as a human for who they are, and to spread love in the world.

    Daisy Whitchurch - English and Comparative Literary Studies

    Panayiota Constantinou - Statistics

    Panayiota ConstantinouWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because it is the right thing to do!

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Get more informed about LGBTUA life and challenge inappropriate behaviour.

     

    Charlotte Lloyd - History

    Hannah Vernon Browne - Life Sciences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe in equality for all and recognise that the LGBTUA+ community does have hardships. I believe this needs to change.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge those who support discrimination against the community and a actively encourage people to speak out about their experiences

    Ella Deregowska - Philosophy

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to do what I can to make the LGBTUA+ community feel completely welcome and included on campus.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Wear supporting badges and laces (UWLHC hockey laces). Support my LGBTUA+ friends in doing what they can. As social sec of the hockey club, hosting special and supporting events to make everyone feel welcome in our club.

    Jonathan Schroeder - English and Comparative Literary Studies

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? My research and experience have convinced me of the injustice of discrimination against individuals and groups based on gender and sexual preferences and identifications.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am committed to helping make Warwick a more inclusive place and to educate individuals about the more and less visible manifestations of prejudice and discrimination based on sexual preference and identification.

    Hannah Ayres - Sociology

    Hannah AyresWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As well as being bisexual, I am a MPhil/PhD Sociology student conducting research into LGBTQ+ communities around Warwickshire. I am looking at how these communities use histories and what academics are doing for these communities. I also want to look at the way transitioning gender can affect identification with the past.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Attending any events that might expand my knowledge of the LGBTQ+ community and challenging any inappropriate behaviors I might come across. Also, I wish to continue to be an open and accepting person for people to talk to.

    Jon Winfield - Sociology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a gay man who has lived through the changes of the 1980's where I came out and went back in again, got married and then came out for a second time into a much more accepting society I think we have a duty to stand up and be recognised. While sexuality is something that can remain in the private sphere I do not think the support for rights can. As a member of an HE institution, I think we live in a bubble and do not necessarily realise just how widespread and prevalent hate and phobia is.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I am prepared to be counted as a gay man, a supporter of equality and the rights of the individual to be themselves without suffering prejudice

    Nick Cherryman - History

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a gay man, I believe there's far to go for equality and in challenging assumptions. I've been on the receiving end of incorrect assumptions before and appreciate how hurtful they can be.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Keep dialogue open in the department regarding LGBTUA+ issues. I am the secretary to the departmental equality and diversity working group, and committed to keeping these discourses open in the department.

    Charlotte Edmunds - Warwick Business School

    Lauren Turner - Life Sciences

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have proudly identified as gay for more than 5 years now! Many of the most important people in my life are also a part of the LGBTQUA+ community. I am passionate about promoting acceptance and self-love for all LGBTQUA+ individuals, and helping educate those who are not a part of the community about LGBTQUA+ issues.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I plan to continue being unapologetic and open about my own sexuality, and take as many opportunities as possible to respond to homophobia/transphobia with education. Being open about my sexuality publicly has allowed me to provide support to many others in a similar situation throughout the coming-out process, as well as to be a source of comfort and practical solutions when they find themselves being let down by unsupportive friends and family. I commit to providing compassion and support to LGBTQUA+ community members, to being a source of education, and to continue to fight for our equal rights globally.

    Rachel Hollinshead - Student Wellbeing Support Service

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I believe in equality and diversity and supporting individuals who may face discrimination/harassment/bullying because of difference

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Ensure students are aware of my commitment to supporting LGBTUA by having information etc in the office and wearing badge

    Jessica Shuttleworth - Statistics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would like to wear my lanyard to show my support for our students and my own family members .

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Be understanding and empathetic of the issues surrounding transgender rights and the difficulties they face in the current climate.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everyone has a right to be themselves.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Accept everyone as they are.

    Jennifer Ball - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe love is love, kick hatred out :)

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To support my colleagues and be respectful.

    Matt Teft - Engagement - Public Relations

    Matt TeftWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Although I identify as a gay man, I know that even within the LGBT community there is still a lot of prejudice towards the minorities. I think its important that ALL members of the LGBT+ umbrella foster a sense of support and community to all the people who will within (and close) to LGBT+.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Treat every individual as an individual, with equal respect for their own choices.

    Lorna Bytheway - Warwick Employment Group

    Alireza Rezaei - School of Engineering

    Alireza RezaeiWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everybody must equally be able to live, learn, participate in social activities, and in a word, enjoy their life as they want. People must be able to improve their strengths and be trained to make the best of their talents and capabilities which is not in contrast with any individual's sexual characteristics.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I want to change the viewpoint of the ones who are not considering equality and diversity. I believe that part of this will be by supporting LGBTUA+ publicly and privately.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I feel that while these minorities are present on campus, they are not always visible. There are a lot of misconceptions about sexuality, and particularly the sexuality of students where minorities are sometimes labelled as "going through a phase". I find this very upsetting as it perpetuates the view of lgbtua+ identities as transitional or abnormal

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will educate myself about lesser know minority identities and challenge people who dismiss them as "trends" or "phases"

    Paul Sutcliffe - WMS, Population, evidence & technology, Health Sci

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to empower all members of the Warwick community to create an open and inclusive environment for ALL colleagues and students at Warwick regardless of gender, ethnicity and sexuality.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour in the workplace.

    Clare Watters - Teaching Quality

    Solly Coles - Warwick Mathematics Institute

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To learn more about being an ally to the LGBTUA+ community.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge behaviour which is harmful to the LGBTUA+ community.

    Anna Alvarez - WMG

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I think how do you feel and how do you love should not be judged and by little steps the society will change

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Help in the activities organised

    George King - Physics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I fundamentally believe in equal rights and equal opportunities for all people, regardless of identity or orientation. LGBTUA+ people should be able to be who they are without being fearful of or experiencing discrimination of any kind in the workplace.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to challenging inappropriate behaviour/language, listening keenly to my LGBTUA+ colleagues about their experiences, and regularly assessing my own behaviours and actions to ensure that I am doing the most I can to help nurture a safe and inclusive work environment.

    Ehman Altaf - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Matthew Green - Physics

    Matthew GreenWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe that all people, including LGBTUA+ people, should have the right to live in a space where they are safe, and where they can express themselves knowing that they will be met with respect rather than judgement.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will challenge inappropriate language and behaviour, educate myself about LGBTUA+ topics, listen to the LGBTUA+ people I know when they talk about their experiences, and make it clear that anyone can speak to me about any issue without judgement or prejudice.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am committed to the Dignity at Warwick policy, to ensure that the University and the Sociology Department Reception (where I work) is a welcoming and safe environment in which people feel comfortable and they will be treated respectfully in a positive and professional manner. There are many students and staff within the Sociology Department who identify as LGBTUA and I want them to know that I am a supporter.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to treating all LGBTUA people with respect and dignity treating them in a positive and professional manner. I am also committed to ensuring I take advantage of any opportunities for learning and examining my own biases and have completed the relevant on-line courses.

    Erick Martins Ratamero - WMS

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because I would like to live in a world where no one is marginalised or victim of prejudice because of who they love.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to treating all LGBTUA people with respect and dignity treating them in a positive and professional manner. I am also committed to ensuring I take advantage of any opportunities for learning and examining my own biases and have completed the relevant on-line courses.

    Laura Jayne Parmar - Campus Cleaning Services

    Mary Print - Academic Office

    James Pillow - Physics

    James PillowWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a member of the LGBTAU+ community, I believe we have every right to be who we know we are, and love whoever we want. No one has the right to take that away from us.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I will do my best to combat any form of discrimination I come across during my PhD.

    Amelia Threadgould - Life Sciences

    Amelia ThreadgouldWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe it is important for all individuals, regardless of sexuality, race, religion or anything else that make us who we are, to be supported and welcomed to Warwick. As part of an education system, we should lead the way in demonstrating that we are all part of one world and our differences should be celebrated.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? As an LGBTUA+ supporter I will challenge any negative behaviour regardless of who it is or where it occurs. I will endeavour to increase my knowledge about the community by attending events and visibly show my support.

    Anna Perchuk - Politics & International Studies

    Anna PerchukWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I have always advocated for the rights of LGBT people, as it is a shame that bigotry still exists in our day and age. I believe the university needs to show unequivocal support for the community, making the need to conceal one's identity in an academic environment unnecessary.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Challenge bigoted behaviours, attend LGBT events.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As a bisexual man who has been disowned by my parents I face many more issues than most students and I think the university should do more to support LGBT+ students.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To always be myself.

    Stef Eames - WMS, MBChB

    William Bate - Physics

    William BateWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? As I want to support the normalisation of equality within our community, helping to contribute towards a modern and open working/learning environment within our university.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To challenge the use of inappropriate language and behaviour in all situations, and to make every effort to provide an open and supportive environment.

    Daniel Tones - Psychology

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? We're all human and deserve to be treated equally.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to never disrespecting anyone, whether they identify as LGBTUA+ or not.

    Emma O'Brien - Warwick Arts Centre

    Emma O'BrienWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am the parent of an LGBTUA+ child. and although she is still in school (year 11) she will soon be heading off to University and I would like to think that there would be a network of support there for her. I would like to be the support to students or staff on campus that I would hope for my child(ren).

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I can offer an ear for anyone that wants it. I'm not LGBTUA+ myself, but as a parent of an LGBTUA+ teen, I feel that I can offer support if needed to others. :)

    Laura Prisco - Life Sciences

    Laura PriscoWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I want to be a supporter because this is my community, its where I feel most comfortable and I want to make sure other LGBTUA+ individuals feel like they can be themselves at Warwick.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I commit to being there for LGBTUA+ individuals who need support by being a listening ear and guiding them to help, should they need it. I will also strive to ask the people I meet what pronouns they use, to never assume someone's gender, call out any form of discrimination or hatred and educate myself about all the identities that make up the community.

    Krisztian Paczolay - Warwick Business School

    Abi Hawtin - Research & Impact Services

    Laura Roxburgh - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Laura RoxburghWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I am proud to be part of a university that promotes equality and fairness regardless of peoples differences. I believe no one, regardless of identity, should feel ashamed or scared to be themselves.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I would like to be a visible supporter in the community so that people feel that they can talk to me in confidence without any judgement. I would like to challenge unconscious bias whenever I come across it and change peoples thinking to create a more inclusive environment for all.

    Catriona Matthews - Library

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I believe everyone should be treated equally regardless of their sexual orientation, race, gender etc. and want to help create a community where everyone is supported. I hope to continue to learn, grow and tackle my own and others biases so I can best support and promote an inclusive community.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? To help to foster an inclusive environment in my department, my teaching and across the university as a whole by tackling my own and others concious and unconcious biases, engaging in productive conversations and supporting anyone who needs it without judgement.

    Diana Shore - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Hello I would like to to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter because the world if full of many kinds of people and I would like to make sure that I have an opportunity to get to know as many people as possible.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? I make online courses and through my language I can ensure that diversity is embraced.

    Victoria Sanderson - Warwick Business School

    Emily Jones - Life sciences

    Felicity Davies - Medical School

    Claire Mitchell - WMS, Dean's Office and Professional Support Services

    Jennifer Wheeler - Estates

    Jennifer WheelerWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? To support friends and colleagues whether they are in or out at Warwick.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? Listen, support and learn.

    Alex Albans - Chaplaincy

    Alex AlbansWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Everybody deserves to be accepted for who they are. Sexual orientation is one facet of everyone’s unique personhood, and must not be used as a means of prejudice or discrimination. Sadly the world at large is still a long way from being a safe place for those of us who identify as LGBTUA+. Here at Warwick, I want to help create and maintain space where life can flourish.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA+ Supporter? For those, like me, who also consider spirituality an important element of their identity, I commit to ensuring the Chaplaincy spaces continue to hold and nurture the multifaceted reality of every individual, without exception.

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I think the more common LGBTUA+ representation and support is, the less hate and disrespect for the LGBTUA+ community there will be. The more people join, the more normal acceptance and gets. I don't know all that much about LGBTUA+ problems but if I am ever in a position to solve one of those problems, I would want anyone from the LGBTUA+ community to feel comfortable about approaching me with their problems.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter: I'll speak up against LGBTUA+ discrimination when I encounter it, and if there are problems anyone from the LGBTUA+ community is facing that I am made aware about and that they want help with, I will try my best to help them solve the problem.

    Izzy Edwards - Centre for Applied Linguistics

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I'd like to ally for individuals from all minority groups. To promote understanding, address misinformation and keep learning myself. All of it is important in order to create a safer, happier, kinder space. Everyone needs to be seen in 3D.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Be visible and approachable and help address misinformation where possible.

    Josette Wolthuis - Film & TV Studies

    Katherine Waters - Library

    Keren Tong - CCMPS

    Yuqing Liu - Warwick Manufacturing Group

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Love is love.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Challenging inappropriate language, homophobic and transphobic behaviour.

    Rebecca Morris - Centre for Education Studies

    Kimberley Mattock Barylo - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Nathan Gamble - School of Law

    Yvette Harris - Warwick Arts Centre

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I would be keen to find out more about LGBTUA and have a better understanding of it of how this can be communicated and supported across our organisation. To be treated fairly and with respect is vitally important and should be encouraged within our day to day lives at work and out of work.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? As a pulse champion and HR advisor within my role I will continue to champion inclusivity within the Arts Centre and the wider community.

    Stefano Amantia - School of Life Sciences

    Monica Dinu - Warwick Mathematics Institute

    monica_dinuWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? I strongly support people for who they are and I believe we all have a small but important role in enabling everyone for being accepted, feeling comfortable and making the world a little less bad. I believe that some changes can start with those that are cis-gender and can enable the talk for everyone else to be aware, more accepting and welcoming towards everyone. Having a transgender family member made me more aware of the importance of acceptance and using the right pronouns, language and attitude.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I would love to get involved and participate in various programmes, campaigns around the campus that aim to promote a better world where we are accepted for who we are.

    Dimitrios Alimpertis - Engagement Group

    Emily Cannon - Student Recruitment Outreach and Admissions Service

    Emily CannonWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity. Too many of my friends have been the victim of discrimination in their day to day lives as a result of their LGBTUA+ identity.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? To promote and support an inclusive working environment and to ensure that LGBTUA+ students involved in WP projects feel supported.

    Victoria Timms - Finance

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because people are people. No-one should be overlooked or ignored, made to feel unwelcome, inadequate, or uncomfortable just for being them.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I will not assume 'straightness' - partner / other half, rather than boyfriend/girlfriend husband/wife. I will note (mentally or otherwise) preferred pronouns and respect and use them accordingly. I will challenge, or sensitively seek further information (whether by asking, or asking a third party) if i fear some hurt may have been caused. It is important for me to expand my understanding so I am better able to support others in future.

    James Black - WMG

    Why do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? Because the concepts of supporters and safer spaces shouldn't be a radical idea, particularly in a place of study or work, but individuals still experience lifetimes of microaggressions and making visible statements of support is important.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? Learn continuously, challenge inappropriate behaviour and support the community.

    Muireann O'Dwyer - Politics & International Studies

    Christopher Griffin - Secretary to Council

    Dale Topley - Research & Impact Services

    Dale TopleyWhy do you want to be an LGBTUA Supporter? In order to show my support for an important issue that, in the turmoil of 2019, ought to span political lines and unite people under the unquestionable truth that it is not ok to discriminate against people because of who they are.

    What do you commit to do as an LGBTUA Supporter? I commit to challenge bigotry and stand up for LGBTUA+ issues by attending events and listening to the community. I want to learn more about the issues and experiences of which I am ignorant, challenge my own biases, and be an ally to those facing discrimination.