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IEDP Issue  92                                                                                     June 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone, 

I hope that you're all well and have had a good month. 

I don't know how you feel but it seems that June really has been a 'blink and you'll miss it' kind of month...and that includes the mini heatwave. 
June is LGBTQ Awareness month, which like all awareness months, serves to highlight the ongoing issues related to the specific group as well as celebrate the accomplishments, the one thing that is clear is that there is always more to be done to make a more equitable society. 

On another note, one thing that is increasingly being talked about is how organisations can positively manage the changing expectations of their employees, as we start to return to some semblance of normality. Of course the new normal requires employers to manage employee wellbeing while at the same time trying to adapt their organisations to hybrid working patterns: no easy task and each sector has specific challenges. 

It seems that however you look at it, there won't be any smooth sailing in the short or even medium term.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

P.S. Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook. Also please check you are in our new Linked In group - i.e. the one called Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals - not the old one (Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners)
How can we tackle the crisis of LGBTQ+ homelessness? | RSA Replay
Homophobia, biphobia and transphobia within families and within communities drives thousands of young people into homelessness. In the US, studies show that LGBTQ+ youths make up 40% of the nation’s total homeless youth population, despite LGBTQ+ youth comprising merely 5% of the overall youth population
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‘We don’t need to be cured or fixed’: writers speak out on autism

Three authors tell of their own struggles and triumphs in living with a condition they share with 700,000 people in the UK. 

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University of Kent Course: Understanding Autism

Understand more about autism, including diagnosis, the autistic spectrum, and life with autism with this CPD-certified course.

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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace

What It Is, Why It Matters, and How To Make It a Priority
There’s a lot of conversations happening around diversity and inclusion in the workplace. But many organizations don’t fully understand the dynamics at play or how to address them, let alone make them better.

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How employers can support neurodivergent staff

Neurodiversity is often a misunderstood topic, explains Victoria Middleditch, but businesses that support it can truly create an inclusive workplace

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Diversity Lab announces UK pilot scheme to boost law firm diversity at senior levels

Allen & Overy, Clifford Chance and Freshfields among UK firms taking part in the programme

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What does best-practice Gender Pay Gap reporting look like?

For some companies, gender pay gap reporting is a legal requirement, but how do you make this data lead to actionable change? 

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Health care workers face mental health crisis as the result of pandemic disaster

During the first year of the pandemic, more than 3,600 health care workers died in the United States, according to the ongoing study, “Lost on the frontline,” by Kaiser Health News and the Guardian newspaper. 

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Transforming Differences by Chartered Management Institute

Highlighting the importance of building effective EDI policies, practices and cultures and creating an inclusive working environment.

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Bite Size Training Sessions

The Rape and Sexual Violence Project (RSVP) specialist training team would like to invite you to attend our ‘Bite Size Training Sessions’ which will be held throughout 2021 on a variety of subjects related to supporting survivors of sexual violence and abuse. All training sessions are 2-hour interactive on-line sessions via Zoom.

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THE REASON I JUMP - Official UK Trailer #2 

Based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida, THE REASON I JUMP is an immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity through the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world. The film blends Higashida’s revelatory descriptions of his autism, written when he was just 13, with intimate portraits of five remarkable young people. It opens a window into an intense and overwhelming, but often joyful, sensory universe.

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PODCAST: Mental Health and Media

Everyone has a diversity story- even those you don’t expect. Get ready to hear from leading CEO’s, bestselling authors and entrepreneurs as we uncover their true stories of diversity and inclusion.

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 67% of job seekers consider workplace diversity an important factor when considering employment opportunities.
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And finally...

We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and would welcome any feedback or suggestions about how we could improve it for the benefit of our members. If you have any ideas for future editions or would be interested in writing an item for the next issue please contact the IEDP office on: 

The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 July 2021. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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