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New College students celebrate Diversity Week
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STUDENTS at New College have been celebrating Diversity Week with a colourful array of food, costume and demonstrations.
Every year, the college holds the community cohesion activity, to help develop students’ awareness and understanding of different cultures, faiths and disabilities.
This week, the college has been paid a visit by a number of community groups including Guide Dogs for the Blind, Pagan and Witchcraft, Pakistani Welfare Association and the Autistic Society.
Trudy Murphy, equality and diversity advisor, said: “The students are definitely having fun but the main aims of the week are to develop people’s awareness of different cultures, and their understanding of issues that disabled people are faced with.
“Although the students are here to study their subjects, we regard them as whole people so their faith is important. If they are of no faith, it gives them an understanding of why faith is important to others.”
Yesterday, the college was visited by the Swindon Tamil Association who helped students try on traditional costumes including saris, and by the Guide Dogs for the Blind, who helped raise awareness of pets as therapy.
“We have also had students who have organised activities themselves which has helped develop their project management skills,” said Trudy.
“We have an English course for speakers of other languages, so they are often recent immigrants and they have brought in food, artifacts and costumes to share with others.
“We have themes running through our tutorial programme of equality and diversity and we wanted to celebrate the diversity in our community. “This is a really fun way of bringing it all to life.”