Walsall College invited Naz and Matt Foundation in to deliver three talks to their students as part of their 2018 Equality and Diversity Week.
The week-long event took place at the college’s Wisemore Campus, which offered students the opportunity to explore a range of topics and issues, including pregnancy, disabilities and stereotypes.
Equality and Diversity Week began with a powerful talk from Matt, co-founder from the Naz and Matt Foundation.
Founded in 2014, the charity aims to tackle homophobia and to help parents accept their children who identify as LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning or Intersex).
Throughout the week, former students provided information and activities on Hidden Disabilities, and students were encouraged to take part in the College’s Equality and Diversity quiz.
There were also video promotions across the College that challenge prejudice and discrimination, including ‘Love has no Boundaries’ and ‘Don’t put people in boxes’.
Carol Egan, Director of Student Journey at Walsall College, said: “As a college, we make it our mission to ensure students and staff can study and work in a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment. That means embracing values such as equality and diversity, democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect – both individually and as a community.
We hope students have taken something very valuable from the talk and activities we organised that week.”
Feedback from teachers and students
Many students felt able to discuss a topic they may have not previously felt comfortable with. It touched a lot of our students emotionally, and allowed them to debate their viewpoints with other students. Not only was it informative, it was a topic they were eager to discuss even days later.
98% of the students said they had learnt something from the session
To request a visit from Naz and Matt Foundation to your school, please read this page.
Matt set up the Naz and Matt Foundation in memory of his soulmate and fiancé, Naz, who passed away two days after being confronted about his sexuality by his religious parents. It was the first time that they knew their son was gay, in a relationship with Matt for 13 years and that they were planning to get married.