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"It is revolutionary for any trans person to choose to be seen in a world that tells us we should not exist."

Laverne cox
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"We cannot all succeed when half of us are held back"

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"I want for myself what I want for other women. Absolute equality."

Agnes Macphail
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"Disabled children are equally entitled to an exciting and brilliant future."

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Welcome to DIVE IN

Hello! Welcome to DIVersity, Equality and INclusion in the school of humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, where we share posts about Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion. Feel free to DIVE IN!!!

The collective failure of an organisation to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin. It can be seen or detected in processes, attitudes and behaviour which amount to discrimination through unwitting prejudice, ignorance, thoughtlessness and racist stereotyping which disadvantage minority ethnic people.

The Macpherson report, 1999

About Us

At the University of Hertfordshire, we are very proud of the diversity represented within our community. We are committed to championing, celebrating, and representing our LGBT+ community. Our inclusive culture, where all staff and students can be themselves, is highly valued.

We are delighted to contribute to advancing gender equality within the global community of the Athena Swan Charter. In these challenging times, our team continues to work intensively, creating more posts and opportunities.

Why? Implicit Bias

Our unintentional people preferences that result from the process of psychosocial categorisation

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  • Likely to be activated whenever we encounter people who are similar to us and those who are different from us.​
  • For example, age-based biases and ethnic-based biases can impact on employment.​
  • Three types of bias:​
  • Affinity (like me) bias; favours people like us​.
  • Confirmatory bias; search for information that confirms our existing perceptions​.
  • Social comparison bias; developing a sense of individual and group identity – a need to see ourselves as better than other groups.
The Deficit Cycle

The Deficit Cycle

Negative Experience-> Lower Expectations and Affirmation of Labels-> Negative Behaviours-> Focus on Deficits-> Labels and Negative Expectations-> Prescribed Interventions and Opportunities Blocked

What works? Belonging

Students’ sense of being accepted, valued, included, and encouraged by others (teacher and peers) in the academic classroom setting and of feeling oneself be an important part of the life and activity of the class. More than simple perceived liking or warmth, it also involves support and respect for personal autonomy and for the student as an individual. (Goodenow, 1993b, p. 25) ​


Acknowledging and affirming a student’s sense of identity and belonging in Higher Education by creating an inclusive culture.

The Strengths-Based Cycle

The Strengths-Based Cycle

The Strengths-Based Cycle: Identification of Strengths-> Continued Development of Strengths/ Capacities-> Positive and Valued/ Meaningful Experience-> Opportunities Provided for Successful Development-> Positive Expectations

About this month:

Throughout the month, we will be hosting a fantastic range of informative, thought-provoking and fun events and activities plus sharing information on support and resources.

This February, we will celebrate the LGBT+ community and help raise awareness, educate and understand LGBT+ history and matters affecting the LGBT+ community today.

Athena SWAN Charter

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to the principles of the Athena Swan Charter

LGBT+ Society

Herts’ LGBT+ Society is a friendly society for LGBT+ students and anyone else wishing to participate. Join our Society for free!!!

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