Equality and Diversity

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Wadham College is committed to promoting equality in all its activities and aims to provide a work, learning, research and teaching environment free from discrimination and unfair treatment.

We welcome diversity among our students, staff and visitors, recognising the particular contributions to the achievement of the College’s mission that can be made by individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences.

Equality Officers

Wadham elects three Fellows to serve as Tutor for Equality and Diversity, Tutor for Race, and Tutor for Women, respectively. They are available to help all students with issues or queries, and further support the College through committee work. 

Emily McLaughlin

The Tutor for Equality and Diversity is Emily McLaughlin. Emily is available to discuss issues or queries relating to protected characteristics and minority issues; he is also one of the College’s harassment advisors. Contact him at: emily.mclaughlin@wadham.ox.ac.uk

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The Tutor for Race is Alfonso Castrejón-Pita. Alfonso offers support and advocacy for equality issues relating to race, and assists the SU in hosting race-related events such as the College’s annual Race Symposium. Contact Alfonso at: alfonso.castrejon-pita@wadham.ox.ac.uk

Ankhi Mukherjee

The Tutor for Women is Ankhi Mukherjee. Ankhi helps convene and promote gender-related events in collaboration with SU representatives, and offers support for women students; she is also one of the College’s harassment advisors. Contact Ankhi at: ankhi.mukherjee@wadham.ox.ac.uk

Equality committee

Our equality committee meets termly and produces an annual report and an annual action plan for equalities-related items that it wishes to pursue in each academic year.

The equality committee works closely with student officers.  In the areas of disability, gender, relationship, and sexual diversities, the College has developed specific policies to ensure equality of opportunity and to prevent discrimination.

Equality statement

The Equality Statement ensures that staff or students sharing the following protected characteristics are not discriminated against and are encouraged to engage positively in the life of the College: age; disability; gender reassignment; pregnancy or parenthood; race (including ethnic or national origin, colour or nationality); religion or belief (including lack of belief); sex and gender; sexual orientation; marriage and civil partnership.

Its objectives include:

  • Establish and maintain a good gender balance at all levels of the College’s work.
  • Apply the guidelines of the University’s Common Framework for supporting students with disabilities, including in the admissions process, teaching and learning, examinations, and wider social and recreational provision, and updating policies accordingly. http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate/applying-to-oxford/decisions/common-framework
  • Improve guidance and support for students with mental health problems
  • Raise awareness of equality issues across the College.
  • Continue to develop Wadham as a trans-inclusive institution.
  • Incorporate and apply the guiding principles of the University’s Race Charter https://edu.admin.ox.ac.uk/race-equality-charter

College Values

Wadham has a cherished tradition of being at the forefront of advancing equality of opportunity, and celebrates vigorous debate, independent thought, and academic excellence. We seek to create a welcoming, accessible, and secure environment in which to work, study, live, and visit. Our community embraces people of all ages, backgrounds, races/ethnicities, nationalities, beliefs (including religious beliefs), genders, sexualities, dis/abilities, and appearances. This inclusiveness, underpinned by mutual respect and consideration, enriches us all.