Head of Weeks Centre nominated for National Diversity Awards
17 July 2013
The National Diversity Awards promote and celebrate equality and diversity through recognising the dedication and hard work that positive role models, charities and community organisations do to tackle issues in today's society.
The nomination for the 'Positive Role Model for LGBT' award is testament to the substantial research Yvette has conducted into issues affecting the LGBT community, including work in class inequality, lesbian and gay parenting and 'queer suicide'. During her time at Rutgers University (USA) she undertook a project on citizenship and LGBT rights, and she has also worked as a researcher on projects looking into same-sex domestic violence.
Lead academic for LSBU's new MA in Gender and Sexuality, Yvette's research interests also include intersections of class, gender and sexuality and how these play out in everyday contexts, from the politics of parenting to the geographies of regeneration and from 'queer' to more normative lives.
Commenting on her nomination, Yvette said: "It's really special and significant to have been nominated for this equality and diversity award, where 'role models' can demonstrate a commitment to recognising and fulfilling a broad promise of not just being diverse, but also making sure that diversity and equality are everyone's business and responsibility.
"I'm pleased to say that the Weeks Centre generally aims to fulfil that potential, evident in the range of work that colleagues do, and the international and community links we generate. Great to receive this recognition."
The winners will be chosen based on the quantity and quality of nominations they have received from the public, as well how strongly their work relates to the category they have been nominated in.
Nominations are open to the public until 19 July and the three nominees who receive the largest amount of nominations will be added to the shortlist, from which the winners will be announced at the National Diversity Awards ceremony in Leeds on 20 September.