Mary Immaculate College (MIC) has been awarded for its efforts to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into its wider organisational systems. The Investors in Diversity Bronze Award from the Irish Centre for Diversity (ICD) recognises the work undertaken by Irish organisations who have proactive diversity and inclusion policies in place.
The Investors in Diversity Awards are Ireland’s first ever all-encompassing diversity and inclusion awards for Irish organisations and was introduced by the Irish Centre for Diversity earlier this year. The awards are rated on a bronze, silver and gold merit.
President of MIC, Professor Eugene Wall said, “This award recognises our efforts to date to embed equality, diversity and inclusion in our practices and we look forward to building on this solid foundation towards the silver award.”
Accepting the award on behalf of MIC, Dr Elaine Murtagh, Athena SWAN Project Director said, “The Investors in Diversity award compliments MIC’s ongoing work in preparation for an application for the Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award in November 2019. The Irish Centre for Diversity has provided valuable feedback on our current policies and made a number of recommendations to enhance our practice. We recognise that there is still much work ahead of us to progress equality, diversity and inclusion for both staff and students. We look forward to making further progress in this area.”
On granting the award to MIC, Fionnuala Power from the Irish Centre for Diversity said, “We would like to congratulate MIC on achieving the Investors in Diversity Bronze Award. Investors in Diversity Bronze is all about helping you build a strong foundation that you can use as a platform to embed equality, diversity and inclusion into your wider organisational system. It is designed to help get your organisation ready for your unique journey to becoming a diverse and inclusive organisation. We look forward to working with MIC as they continue on their journey.”
The Irish Centre for Diversity’s aim is to work in partnership with organisations across Ireland to help them embed equality, diversity and inclusion in all they do. The Investors in Diversity Awards are supported by IBEC and Dublin City University’s (DCU) Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion.