Reuben College recognises the importance of equality and diversity in advancing intellectual endeavours. As a new college, we are building a community of people and practice that has diversity at the heart, for students and staff, for our academic and applied endeavours. We will be embedding and advancing equal rights as we tackle the big challenges in our academic research and as we build our College community. This gives our students both the opportunity and the shared responsibility to shape the culture and ethos of our community.
We are keenly aware that work on the protection and advancement of equality of opportunity is never truly complete. Our College champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is Dr Katrina Charles, and further champions may be appointed as appropriate for the support of specific protected characteristics and to guide and support all members of our College community where issues arise. We are proactive in our approach, embedding best practice from across the University, including adopting the University’s common framework for supporting disabled students, from ensuring accessible facilities to support at strategic and day-to-day levels.
Through every one of its committees, events, procedures and practices, the growing community of Reuben College are creating an environment in which everyone can take advantage of the unique opportunities that living, working and studying in Oxford bring, whatever their background. We hope that, as our community grows, all members continue to work towards ensuring equity of opportunity for each individual, without exception.
Katrina is Reuben College’s first champion for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Katrina works with student equality representatives and Governing Body to advance Reuben’s equality objectives, including attending relevant committees and convene equalities-related events with students. She is available to discuss issues, problems, or queries relating to protected characteristics and ‘minority’ issues, and acts as one of the College’s harassment advisors.
I am passionate about advancing equality in all areas. Through my research, I challenge gender norms and social inequities around water security. I lead on the implementation of intersectional gender initiatives within my teams, and have been part of the Athena Swan application team in my department. I am excited to take on this role at Reuben College to build an inclusive college community to support all members – student, staff and Fellows - to thrive.
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