NCL unveils new diversity campaign

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Students front major campaign to promote equality and inclusion for all

New College Lanarkshire has launched a new campaign to promote equality and diversity.

Entitled ‘All Equal, All Individual’, the campaign features portraits of 12 of our students drawn from across the campuses who all volunteered as models.

Their images are accompanied by messages about what equality and individuality mean to them.

The campaign was launched on Tuesday, March 17 as part of the annual Diversity Week.

Events are being held at the Cumbernauld, Motherwell and Coatbridge campuses.

Staff and students have the opportunity to browse stalls set up by charities and organisations including Shelter Scotland, SAMH, Gideons, Terrence Higgins Trust, Age Scotland, MS Society and Who Cares? Scotland.

Student Stuart Barbour, 26, from Carluke, wanted to appear in the campaign to raise awareness of Asperger’s syndrome.

Stuart, who studies an evening course in Intermediate Computing Applications at the Motherwell Campus, said: “I think it’s a good thing to show that everyone is equal no matter whether you have a disability or whether you are gay or straight.

“I like being unique because I can be myself."

Arletta Gorecka, 18, lives in Cumbernauld Village, having moved from Chelmno, near Torun in Poland to study in Scotland. She wanted to appear to reflect the international students attending the College.

A student of SWAP Access to Social Sciences at the Cumbernauld Campus, she said: “All people are the same. It doesn’t matter where you are from or what colour your skin is, we are the same."

James Grimes, 29, who lives in Motherwell, is a student of SWAP Access to Social Sciences at the Coatbridge Campus.

He said: “No-one should be singled out for who they are or what they do. You shouldn’t treat anyone differently."

The campaign was launched to reflect our aim of maintaining an environment that is welcoming, embracing and inclusive.

Brian Gilchrist, Assistant Principal for Organisational Development, said: “As a College we strive to promote equality of opportunity and diversity for students, staff and our community partners.

"Everyone has the right to be treated fairly, regardless of their gender, race, disability, age, religion or belief, or sexual orientation.

"We take a zero tolerance approach to any form of harassment and want to enable all individuals to realise their potential."

The photographs for the diversity campaign were taken by Alistair Fenn and Alan Brownlie, who are HND Photography students at the Motherwell Campus.

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