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Students celebrate equality and diversity

Graffiti artist Graham Cleland and students creating street art

Street art, henna painting and chopstick challenges were just some of the activities students took part in during Sunderland College’s Equality and Diversity Week.

The annual roadshow involved international and UK students from across the college’s four campuses and incorporated cultural activities alongside information workshops.

Sunderland College works closely with a range of organisations to help promote equality and diversity to students throughout the academic year.

The roadshow has been running for the past six years and is an important event on the college’s equality and diversity agenda.

Chris Smith, enrichment coordinator, said: “These events are an excellent opportunity for our students to get involved with individuals from different race, religion, ethnicity and gender. We have always had an overwhelmingly positive response from the student body.”

There was a variety of activities on offer to students during the four-day event such as Thai cooking, Judo masterclasses, Iranian dancing, language sessions, bracelet making, musical performances, guide dogs talks and ‘kick racism out of football’ tournaments.

Students also created a ‘hands of friendship’ banner and worked with a graffiti artist to produce equality and diversity-themed street artwork.

Student Lara Adcock, who was involved in the street art activity, said: “It’s great to use my art skills for such a worthwhile cause. I have learned a lot doing this project and it has made me think about the issues the artwork represents.”

Organisations involved in the roadshow included Freedom from Torture North East, Improved Access to Psychiatric Services, Age Concern, Young Mums, Fairtrade, Sunderland Mind, Guide Dogs, Sunderland Pride, Washington Headway, Young Asian Voices, Unity Multicultural Organisation, Northumbria Police, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, Nexus, and the college’s Human Rights Group.

Chris added: “It is through the continued support of external agencies and volunteers that enables us to deliver the crucial message of equality and diversity to our students and the next generation of adults. I would like to thank all of the agencies and volunteers for giving up their time to benefit a great cause and am looking forward to working with them in the future.”

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