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TUS Hosts Week-Long Celebration of Diversity and Inclusion for Pride

TUS Pride Week
  • 22nd March 2024

Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) embarked on a dynamic celebration of pride, inclusivity, and diversity this week, culminating in the unveiling of vibrant Pride-themed areas on its Athlone and Moylish campuses.

The annual event commenced Tuesday, March 19, with the raising of the Pride flag across all six campuses (Athlone, Moylish, Clare St, Thurles, Clonmel and Ennis) and a range of activities aimed at supporting the TUS LGBTQ+ community.

Speaking at the flag-raising ceremony at TUS Athlone Campus, TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “As we raise the Pride flag today, let it serve as a reminder of the progress we have made and the work that lies ahead. Let it be a beacon of hope for future generations, signalling that here, in our university, all are welcome, all are valued, and all belong.”

On the same day, Professor Cunnane unveiled the new TUS Athlone Campus Pride area, featuring rainbow coloured seating and a vibrant walkway.

Pictured: TUS President Professor Vincent Cunnane and Mayor of Athlone and Moate Louise Heavin proudly celebrate TUS Pride Week at TUS Athlone Campus with LGBTQ+ students and allies. Photo: Nathan Cafolla.

Mayor of Athlone and Moate Louise Heavin was in attendance and gave a speech on the importance of Pride and allyship.

Mayor Heavin commended TUS for its unwavering commitment to equality, diversity, and inclusivity and said the university “sets a powerful example for our community and beyond.”

Thursday, March 21, marked another significant moment as TUS Moylish Campus revealed its new LGBTQ+ Rose seating area, with esteemed guest Lisa Daly, festival director of Limerick Pride, in attendance.

“I am excited to stand alongside LGBTQ+ students and staff as we celebrate Pride Week. Events like these are crucial for promoting understanding and acceptance, and we are proud to be part of such an important initiative, Lisa Daly commented.

By celebrating Pride, TUS aims to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ and foster acceptance, providing a supportive environment for all individuals.

Pictured: VP for People, Culture & EDI Marian Duggan is joined by Festival Director of Limerick Pride Lisa Daly, the TUS EDI Office, TUS SU and members of the TUS LGBTQ+ and Allies Staff Network to unveil TUS Moylish Campus’s LGBTQ+ Rose seating area.

“The introduction of the new Pride areas symbolises our steadfast dedication to nurturing a supportive and inclusive environment for all members of our community,” remarked Marian Duggan, VP for People, Culture and EDI.

She also highlighted the collaboration with the TUS EDI Office, TUS LGBTQ+ and Allies Staff Network and TUS Estates Department in helping create visible representation of the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

Throughout the week, students and staff enjoyed a diverse array of activities including movie screenings, coming-out information sessions, and allyship workshops led by the TUS Students’ Union.

In Pictures: TUS Pride Week