Today, Students’ Union Welfare Officer Rianna Gargiulo scored a massive win for all students, regardless of gender expression or identity, by overseeing the instatement of a new gender neutral toilet sign in Bramber House.
This sign, the first of 75, marks a great achievement for the Students’ Union after years of lobbying to make the University’s facilities more amenable to students who do not self-identify as cisgendered.
Rianna picked up where former Students’ Union Welfare Officer Sophie van der Ham left off and has been given verbal assurance that the University intends to have all 75 of the signs attached by Friday 12 September, one day before the arrival of this year’s new students.
The campaign was started due to the lack of provision for non-cisgendered students by The University and won the 2014 NUS LGBT campaign of the year award
Iissues raised by the campaign include: University forms requiring selection of ‘male’ or ‘female’ for gender, gendered job applications through the careers and employability centre and barriers for students who wanted to participate in sports and societies.
Rianna said “I am extremely happy to say that we, at Sussex, are leading the way when it comes to progressive attitudes towards gender. I will continue to oversee this campaign and push for the University to be as inclusive and understanding of students’ needs as possible.”
Got a comment/criticism about anything discussed in this article? Let us know on our social media channels!
Fri 07 Dec 2018
A roundup of your comments on the Loop and actions being taken as a result
Thu 01 Nov 2018
Find out about developments in Higher Education policy and what's happened at Sussex over the past month. This edition includes the results of the UCU strike ballot at Sussex and research into student living and lifestyle.
Tue 14 Aug 2018
Find out about developments in Higher Education policy and what's happened at Sussex over the past month. This edition includes the University of Sussex joining the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme, students and staff walking in Brighton Pride and Student Finance 'spying' on the social media of vulnerable students.
Mon 16 Jul 2018
Find out about developments in Higher Education policy and what's happened at Sussex over the past month. This edition includes information about thenew Strategic Framework Sussex 2025, information about EU students post-Brexit and research on 'the leap' between further and higher education.
Wed 11 Apr 2018
Find out about developments in Higher Education policy and what's happened at Sussex over the past month. This edition includes an update on the UCU strike, the gender pay gap at Sussex and NUS research on Muslim students' experiences of hate crime on campus.
This list is automatically generated
View all news »