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Narratives of Equality

Narrative of Equality - premise and criteria

During the summer of 2018, the Equality Committee Small Project Fund was announced.  Staff and students in UCC were invited to enter with the following guidelines:

  • Take themes of equality/inequality, diversity, respect, empowerment, inclusion/exclusion as a starting point;
  • Showcase narratives in which respect for and engagement of difference has been achieved at university level or, shed a light on stories that indicate exclusion or inequality;
  • Take creative form including but not limited to poetry, film, photography, painting, digital writing forms, traditional writing (including non-fiction, poetry, fiction, testimony, essay). Alternatively, applicants may wish to submit a short research project (max 5,000 words) that speaks to the main themes. This might take the form of a discussion of a survey or other form of research conducted or a discursive overview of a particular issue

Now in its third year, we are pleased to publish the winning entries for 2020/21.

Narratives of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Winning Entries 2020/21

Ability for all - Coffee 'n' Art - Kasia Pyrz - winner, staff category

Extract from full submission: Using art as a medium in facilitating wellbeing and participation is a long-proven technique in art therapy. The goal of this initiative is to use an online team open to all UCC staffto promote and enableparticipation in creative coffee mornings. Itssecond aim is touse the platform to raise awareness about UCC students and staff with disabilities and about the challenges they may face.The author uses boththe educational methods,such as statistics through PowerPoint slides, and hands-one creative techniques to make the participants experience what it might be like to live with a disability.

Full entry: Coffee'n'Art (2020/21)

Incepto ne desistam - Muireann Bergin - winner, student category

Incepto ne desistam (2020/21) (poem)

Covid Complexities - Dr Lekha Menon Margassery with choreographer Manasa Nadkarni and editor Joanna Dukkapati - runner-up, staff category (interpretive dance)

Frontline - Geoff Gould - runner-up, student category

Frontline (2020/21) (poem)

Covid Complexities 2 - Marian Stout - runner-up, student category

Covid Complexities 2 (2020/21) (prose)

Narratives of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Winning Entries 2019

Rehan Ali - “What’s in a Name”

Rehan Ali entered direct provision with his family in 2005 and remained there until 2015.  Reflecting on these ten years and the effect that such an elongated period under these conditions can have on an individual, especially children, brought up a lot of questions along with, of course, many emotions.  These he tried to get across through a personal essay - "What's in a Name" in which he wrote about a moment in a day that he remembers  vividly when he was around 10 years old.

"What's in a name" by Rehan Ali 


Nicola Bessell – ‘Maggie May’s Day’

‘Maggie May’s Day’ is a book telling the story of Maggie May McDonagh, a young Traveller child. This was brought to fruition by collaboration between the Travellers of North Cork, the McDonagh family, community health development worker Pauline O’Grady-Noonan (TNC), linguist Dr. Nicola Bessell (Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, UCC), Rachel Burke (Executive Librarian, Cork County Library) and artist Jim Mellis.  The book also includes some words from Cant, the unique language of the Travelling community. 

Maggie May's Day - Nicola Bessell

Maureen Considine – ‘The Cultural Memory of the Good Shepherd’

This project will create an on-campus archival exhibition in collaboration with industrial school and Bessborough mother and baby home survivor Catherine Coffey O’Brien, who is a social science undergraduate, an activist and a member of the Travelling Community.  Key themes in the exhibition will include: narratives of the trafficking of individuals via church and state institutions, and the psycho-geography of the theocratic city. The impact of the site on former inmates and connections to related locations will be mapped and disseminated.  A selection of archival materials will form part of the exhibition.

Dr Amanullah de Sondy – ‘Muslims of UCC'

This exhibition showcased eight Muslims who offered their brief story - something interesting about themselves, where they have come from, where they hope to go. In curating this exhibition, Dr De Sondy and his colleagues are reaching out to the wider UCC community in order to bring in more complicated, intersectional stories. The rationale for this project was to combat rising Islamophobia.  (Exhibition gallery below)

Narratives of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Winning Entries 2018

2018 Winners (inaugural competition)

We are delighted to showcase the four winners of the fund, who were formally honoured at the President's Athena SWAN Symposium on March 8th 2019.

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