Hundreds of colleagues’ handprints have been left on two canvases as part of a pledge of commitment to diversity at Leeds Beckett.
Two unity canvases have been created with the help of 120 colleagues and students across both campuses to further promote the rich diversity amongst those who study and work at the university.
The event was organised by the university’s Chaplain, Reverend Melvyn Kelly, chair of the Faith and Belief Equality Forum, who invited colleagues to leave their handprint on the canvases as part of their pledge.
There is a rich diversity amongst those who work and study here in terms of culture, ethnicity, race, faith, disability, gender identity, sexuality and more. All too often such differences become the focus of negative attention within our society.
Melvyn has called on everyone at Leeds Beckett to reach out to one another across those many differences in the hope that they can be seen, not as divisive barriers, but as causes for celebration at the richness of our diverse University community.
Speaking about the events, he said: “I was delighted that over 120 staff and students took time out to get their hands dirty and leave their painted handprint on our two Unity canvases.
“Once finished and on display, the two canvases will be a testimony to the commitment of the Leeds Beckett community to promote a sense of unity, mutual support and respect across the rich diversity of the staff and student body and beyond.”
The handprint was chosen as a symbolic assent to a ‘unity pledge’, acknowledging mutual responsibility, respect and concern towards all the people who work and study at and visit the university.
Come and get involved and hopefully these events can be the start of a new initiative of similar ‘unity in diversity’ events at Leeds Beckett throughout the academic year.