Diversity week, hosted by the Students’ Union took place last week throughout campus from December 1 to December 5.
With over 110 nationalities, DCU is ranked for having one of the most diverse student
populations in any college in Ireland, statistics from campus.ie suggest.
Various events were held in DCU during the week as part of Diversity Week kicking off last Monday with the Jigsaw Photo Campaign. The campaign got students to write what makes them unique on jigsaw pieces and at the end of the week the jigsaw was assembled, joining together the pieces to illustrate what makes the students of DCU unique.
DCU Clubs and Societies ‘Christmas Day’ came to The Hub on Tuesday. This event included raffles,
giveaways and was participated in by DCU RAG, Enterprise Society, An Cumann Gaelach, and others. Members of clubs and societies celebrated at the Clubs and Socs Ball in the Crowne Plaza on Tuesday evening.
Wednesday saw one of the busiest days during Diversity Week, events that took place on this day included: Comhlámh Volunteering Workshop; the switching on of the Christmas tree lights in The Hub and the LGBTA Society diversity Photoshoot in The Mezz.
SpunOut.ie were on campus on Thursday to encourage safe sex and to promote their #GetTested14 campaign which encourages students to partake in regular STI checks.
To finish up the week, the Media Production Society, 24 Hour Broadcast took place from Friday to Saturday, in aid of the Histiocytosis Research Trust.
The aim of Diversity Week was to celebrate the wide range of nationalities, religions and sexual orientations in the university and to showcase how our differences unite the student body.
Second year Applied Languages student, Benji, was full of praise for Diversity Week “It really showcases that despite all of our vast differences, we are one community as DCU students and I think it highlights how valued those differences are whether you’re a religious, racial/ethnic, sexual or gender minority, you’re still a part of this university and this SU” He said.