On March 9th 2017, the Network Chair Joel and committee member Evan took a 9.25 a.m. train out of Heuston to NUI Galway, for a workshop entitled ‘Our Journey So Far’. After reaching out to NUI Galway during the Summer of 2016 in relation to understanding what LGBT Staff provisions exist, we briefly met with the newly appointed Vice-President for Equality & Diversity Prof. Anne Scott. At the time, there was no Staff LGBT Network presence on campus and she was keen to learn about our experience. After giving her insight into our progress from late ‘15 until mid-‘16, she asked if we would be willing to make the journey to NUI Galway when the time was right. Thus, today we had a very productive session with NUI Galway’s Diversity & Equality Office, University staff along with representatives from the local community organisation AMACH, and we very much look forward to getting progress reports, as they begin their journey towards the creation of a Staff LGBT Network.
Contributed by Evan Blake