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Pride - how we support students

Pride Month is every June and is about acceptance, equality and celebrating the work of LGBTQ+ people. There is also a big focus on education in LGBTQ+ history and raising awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. At Ashford College and the wider EKC Group, we support our LGBTQ+ students in many different ways throughout the year. See these below.

LGBTQ+ Resources in our E-Hub

Our E-Hub (based on the 2nd floor) is home to resources that students can access throughout the year, such as course textbooks and a wide range of fiction and non-fiction titles. Did you know we also have a large LGBTQ+ section in this however? Titles include books about the history of Pride such as the Stonewall Riots, as well as well as figures such as Harvey Milk who was one of the first openly gay elected officials in the United States. 

Our students can request titles in the E-Hub throughout the year, and Katie our E-Hub Co-ordinator works tirelessly to ensure that students get the resources they want. Over the past 12 months, she has seen a rise in demand for titles such as the Heartstopper graphic novel series. 


Group wide inclusive events

Earlier this year, Canterbury College hosted their annual drag show, which students from around the group could perform live to an audience and show off their talents. One of our students took part this year in their first ever live drag performance, and it was great to see how College gave him the confidence and opportunity to do this. 

Read more here about the day itself. or read here how College can allow you to express yourself.


LGBTQ+ Societies

Thanks to Student Progression Mentor Cameron, as well as feedback from our students, we now host an LGBTQ+ Society on Wednesdays during enrichment. This society is a place for LGBTQ+ students to share their stories with each other, as well as take part in events throughout the year. So far there have been several LGBTQ+ film showings and there are currently plans to hold a pride disco somepoint soon.


Support/Guidance from all staff 

Our support staff are there for all students to voice concerns and feelings too, and they will help students in any way they can. Our staff also get training throughout the year based on student feedback so that all student needs can be met. We also have student tutorials once a term which are sessions where teachers educate students about issues in our society, such as homophobia and transphobia.


Student Union - Opportunities for all!

Our Student Union has many roles available, which are open to all students. One big role is our Equality Officer, who works hard to ensure all students have equal opportunities. They oversee and promote student groups such as the LGBTQ+ Society, and also work on campaigns for Cultural Celebration Day. They work throughout the year with all students helping them to make sure all cultures and ways of life are represented in College. We are currently recruiting for this role, with Student Union elections due to take place next term (Term 6!)


Read more about our support on our website, or come to our next Open Day.