Crossing demonstrates University of Nottingham’s commitment to diversity
Zebra crossings at the University of Nottingham have been given a colourful makeover in support of LGBT History Month.
Each zebra crossing features the same rainbow colours used in the Pride flag, with the addition of black and brown stripes to mark the relationship between the LGBT+ and black and multi-ethnic (BME) communities.
The most recent crossing was installed at the University’s Sutton Bonington campus, where staff and students from the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science celebrated the occasion - together with some four-legged friends.
Professor Sarah Sharples, pro-vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, said the rainbow crossings demonstrate the university’s strong commitment to diversity and reinforce its relationship with Nottingham City Council.
“The suggestion for the crossings came directly from our Students’ Union and we were delighted to be able to work together with them to make these crossings a reality,” she said.
“Our Nottingham campuses are a key part of the experience of being a University of Nottingham student or staff member, and I know that for me when I see them, the crossings will remind me of the University’s support for our LGBTQ+ students and staff, and our commitment towards equality, diversity and inclusion which will make the university better for us all.”
The University of Nottingham said the crossings are designed to highlight efforts to make those from minority backgrounds more visible on its campuses. The initiative is also designed to challenge the barriers that those students may face, it said.