National Inclusion Week 2020 - What inclusion means to me: Helen Matthews

1st October 2020

As part of National Inclusion Week (28 September to 2 October 2020), and in line with the recently established Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, BASES will be sharing stories from the EDI Committee Members on what inclusion means to them, to help raise awareness about Inclusion in the workplace.

National Inclusion Week 2020:

What does inclusion mean to me?

To me inclusion means respecting and appreciating what makes us different. This might be in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age, or education but we are not one dimensional, everyone has a mixture of characteristics that create who we are. Inclusion is allowing everyone to feel comfortable and confident to be themselves, to feel welcome, and to have a voice to share experience and perspectives.

In my current work and as part of the BASES EDI committee, I am committed to taking action on policy, practice and culture to create an environment where everyone feels supported, valued and respected and able to achieve their full potential.


Helen Matthews
Member, BASES Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee                                                                            Head of Athena SWAN, University of Salford 


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