Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Events

Two events were held to celebrate International Men’s Day 2019 and to acknowledge the positive role of men in society. 

A 'Lunch and Learn' event took place at the Galway campus, led by staff from Department of Natural Sciences on Thursday 19th November 2019, Galway campus.

'Mood Food for Men' led by Dr Paula Conroy, gave staff an understanding of the key foods needed to optimise health during stressful times, and practical tips on how to apply them.  Ross Corbett led an interactive discussion on the physical, social and psychological benefits of movement and exercise.

A second 'Lunch and Learn' event focusing on men’s health, took place at Mayo campus on Wednesday 20th November 2019, Mayo campus.

This event was facilitated by Dr Carmel Heaney, Dept of Nursing, Health Sc. & Social Care, Patricia Hall, Cardiovascular Nurse Specialist, Croi, and Martin Flatley, Castlebar Men's Shed.  It included an overview of population health determinants and trends for men, top tips for a healthy heart and the positive contribution of the Men’s Shed to men's health at a local level.  At the end of the session, student nurses were available for basic health testing such as blood pressure testing, BMI.

Guest Speaker events

David Gough

GMIT launched a series of talks in Autumn 2019 by special guest speakers aimed at building awareness of equality, diversity and inclusion within GMIT and the general public, which will run this and next semester (2020).

The first talk was held on Wednesday, 6 November, with David Gough, Senior GAA Referee who spoke about his sporting life and finding his voice in the GAA. The Meath man is a Gaelic football and Education and Games Development Officer at Patrick's Campus Drumcondra, DCU. David is the GAA’s first openly gay top-level match official. 

In 2015, the sport's governing body refused to allow him to wear a rainbow wristband during a league match between Dublin and Tyrone. Just four years later (2019) following his appearance on The Late Late Show he initiated the GAA's first ever involvement in the Pride Parade and became the first ever gay man to referee the All Ireland Senior Football Final.

Lieutenant Commander Mary Elizabeth Lane

The second talk in the series was delivered by Lieutenant Commander Mary Elizabeth Lane on the theme 'Being part of the 7%: How the Irish Naval Service is changing as society changes’, on Wednesday, 13 November.  Mary graduated from UCC in 2001 with a Level 8 in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. 

She joined the Irish Naval Service in 2002 as an Electrical Officer. Along with a classmate, they became the first two female engineers in the service.  Since joining the Irish Naval Service she has specialised in Communications Information Systems.

She has served onboard L.E. Aisling, L.E. Niamh and L.E. Eithne. She has rotated between appointments in the Naval College, Weapons Electrical Unit, Naval Computer Centre and Fleet Operations, Readiness, Standards and Inspections. Her current appointment is as Officer in Charge Maintenance Management Unit.


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