Hear from LGBTUA+ Supporters about why they signed up in the video below:

 

Rob Poole - WBS

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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.

Kirsty Louise Haywood - Warwick Research in Nursing

Tell us why you want to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter: Kirstie
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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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.

Kevin Stokes - Campus Security

Vanessa Goodship - WMG

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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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Tell us why you want to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter: I believe it is important for all of us to celebrate diversity.

Challenge discrimination and make everyone feel included and welcome.

Pedro Monteiro - Warwick Business School

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a LGBTUA+ Supporter: Why would I not want to be a LGBTUA+ supporter? Why would I not Peter Brommerwant 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 - Centre for Lifelong Learning

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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.pngTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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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Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 WilliamsTell us why you want to be a 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 OakhillTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

ClareBlackburnTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

ScottDwyerTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 WhiteTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 BlackwellTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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)

Tell us why you want to be a 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 NewellTell us why you want to be a 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-LeeperTell us why you want to be a 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 MoulandTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 HardingTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 HeathfieldTell us why you want to be a 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 BowersTell us why you want to be a 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 GittinsTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 LintonTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 FinkenstadtTell us why you want to be a 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 RodriguesTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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.

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 CostaTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 PotterTell us why you want to be a 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 McGreevyTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 BroomeTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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 MarshallTell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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

Tell us why you want to be a 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.