Introduction

The Cultural Diversity work stream focuses on the inherent variety of the University community in terms of race, ethnicity, culture, language, religion, and experiential upbringing. This framework is influenced by the diversity not only of the student and staff body (which is drawn from over 110 countries), but also that of Galway city and the broader catchment area. Cultural diversity overlaps with, but is not restricted to, the interface of national and international staff and students: it also spans the diversity within our national (or ‘domestic’) population, the University's engagement with ethnic-minority Irish citizens (including members of the Traveller community), and aspects of indigenous Irish language and culture.

 

EDICC Working Group

The Cultural Diversity Working Group was formed in the 2016/17 academic year and met for the first time in May 2017.  The focus of the group has led to four key aims: development of systems to assist staff and students in navigating diversity at NUI Galway (e.g. intercultural sensitivity training); enhancement of University services to ensure balance and non-bias (e.g. mainstreaming service-recipients within common service systems); consultation with international staff to canvas experiences relating to diversity; and promotion of cultural diversity as a leadership value-system of the University.

Progress towards all aims has been achieved with work ongoing.  There are currently pilot programmes of Cultural Communication and Intercultural sensitivity training. An initial consultation exercise with international staff has taken place, and feedback from the 2018 Culture Survey will provide quantitative and qualitative data on the experiences of staff.

The Working Group are also teaming up with the Students' Union.  Both the International Students Officer and the Ethnic Minorities Officer are members of the Working Group.

Further Information

If you would like further information in relation to the ongoing Cultural Diversity work stream, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity at VPequalityanddiversity@nuigalway.ie

Students looking for support or information may contact their Students' Union Officers:

International Students Officer, su.international@nuigalway.ie

Ethnic Minorities Officer, su.ethnicminorities@nuigalway.ie