Nicole Rankin

I have been learning about Diversity & Inclusion from when I first studied it in college, through to graduating from a Sociology Degree at the University of Manchester. Within my studies into Sociology, there is wide thought and theoretical perspectives that delve into many areas of diversity such as race, gender, sexuality, disability and class. I have been able to gain excellent insight to widen my own understanding into these topics.

I have felt that what I have learnt from my past studies translates into my own awareness, which I am also keen to inform or educate others. For example, during the BLM Movement, I created a document of academic articles to read for more understanding around race on Instagram, which was shared across social media.

On a personal level, I feel connected to particular topics around race and diversity through due to having a mixed-race background.

Gravitas promotes the values respect, integrity, passion and excellence. These values are applicable to our everyday work routines and practices, as we are always interacting with so many people. Ultimately, we need to keep an awareness around inclusivity when we do. We must make sure it is fair process for all internally and externally as part of our day-to-day service. Most importantly - this must come from a genuine mindset from all of staff.