Equality pledge: Individual's pledges
"We believe in the dignity of all people and their right to respect and equality of opportunity. We value the strength that comes with difference and the positive contribution that diversity brings to our community. Our aspiration is for Cambridge and the wider region to be safe, welcoming and inclusive".
I am committed to a fairer society, local community and workplaces where all are valued and treated with respect. Have spent ca. 17 years of my professional life working for this in public services and sharing my enthusiasm with others.
Diversity is not a concept its a fact of life. Encouraging individuals to take a moment to think about and sign this pledge is a simple and effective way to encourage the appreciation of difference. I'm signing this today in the hope that one day such initiatives won't be needed. A day when all people will be celebrated for who they are and what they bring to the mix of society.
For me, a place feels like home when it is made up of lots of different sorts of people. I am absolutely committed to making Cambridge as much of a diverse place as possible, where people don't just tolerate difference but celebrate it. As a member of the LGBT+ community, it is hugely important to me to feel that difference is valued in the community. For me, the more diversity there is in Cambridge, the safer and happier I will feel. As a member of staff at the University of Cambridge, I am hugely committed to celebrating diversity in the workplace and making sure that everyone feels they are appreciated and valued.
People reach their full potential in the workplace when they are welcome to be themselves. It is an exhausting waste of time and emotional energy to constantly censor yourself, whether that's because your colleagues would react adversely to the time outside of work you devote to religious practice or because you are trying to avoid revealing your partners gender to your co-workers. I see talent being squandered by unwelcoming company cultures constantly.