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International Women's Day 2022

#BreakTheBias #THEAIWD22

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Sonya Ryan, TUS

Throughout my life I have faced numerous barriers in my education experience.  In 2019 I began the Social Care Degree course and again availed of the learning support to help me with some modules. Being a recipient of the 1916 bursary has also helped me financially and it meant I could stay in college without any financial worries. . I hope to be a role model for kids throughout the Travelling community who have had their confidence knocked over and over again.

Sonya Ryan

Valerie Butler, GMIT

Valerie Butler is a lecturer in the Department of Computing and Applied Physics. Her areas of expertise include computer graphics, game design & development and complex problem solving. She actively and passionately advocates for inclusive Computing; striving to make the discipline balanced, open and inclusive for women and other minorities.

Valerie Butler

Ciara O'Shea, EDI Officer, DkIT

As EDI Officer Ciara has been fundamental to DkIT's achieving Athena SWAN accreditation. Ciara’s ability to lead teams and bring people together is evident in all the various initiatives she is involved with; staff wellbeing, student consent, parent support, bullying & harassment and more.

Ciara O'Shea

Dr Cara Daly and Siobhan Flynn Fogarty, WIT

We are two of the founding members of the recently established LGBT+ Staff Network in WIT. We feel lucky to work in an institution that values diversity and actively works to recognize, understand, and root out biases that could, if left unacknowledged, lead to discrimination.

Cara Daly & Siobhan Flynn Fogarty

Nicola Dunnion, LYIT

The belief at that time was that women should not be playing Gaelic football - I didn’t let this stop me, I continued to play Senior Ladies football for twenty years, I captained both my club and county. I won every competition there was to win at both underage and senior football within my county for my club. I received player of the year for Donegal, won an All-Star in 2002 and a Junior All-Ireland with Donegal in 2003. I was very passionate about breaking the bias

Nicola Dunnion

Vanessa Gildea Head of Department of Film + Media, IADT

Vanessa Gildea worked as an associate lecturer in the National Film School at IADT for seven years and is a multi-award winning filmmaker with twenty years industry experience. She was Vice Chair of Women in Film & Television Ireland and served on the board for three years.

Vanessa Gildea

Dr Lillian Byrne, IT Carlow

It is an honour to be the 2022 International Women’s Day ambassador for IT Carlow as March 8th is the anniversary of my doctoral viva. In essence, the project that I have undertaken in IT Carlow has been my biographical narrative of breaking bias by bringing visibility of disability to the Institute in a physical way and conceptual way by highlighting language, perceptions, and structures which ensconce bias.

Lillian Byrne

Clodagh Roper, 3rd year student, IT Sligo

On returning to campus in February I didn’t think it would be possible to continue breastfeeding my 4 month old child. I am so delighted to have access to the Mother's Room on campus. It has given me the option to continue breastfeeding. This has been amazing for my son and I.

Clodagh Roper

Tikambechi Mwalughali, Sanctuary Student at TUS

I have lived in the Athlone Direct Provision Centre for almost 5 years and I got my residency in 2021. I am grateful for this experience as it has given me a series of opportunities that I desired in my life.This opportunity for education means a lot to me because it gave me the power over myself and the ability to control my future. As a woman it is very important to be independent.

Tikambechi Mwalughali

Consent Group, GMIT

The GMIT Working Group for Preventing and Responding to Sexual Violence and Harassment was established following an open call for membership in January 2021.  The working group is broadly representative of the Institute community of staff and students, has representation from all GMIT campuses and is gender-balanced.

GMIT Consent Group

Keara Barret, Head of Department of Computing, IT Carlow

Keara Barret led the Athena Swan application for the Dartment of Computing at IT Carlow, which was the first Institute of Technology to be granted a Bronze award for the computing department.

Keara Barret

Róisín McCormack, Disability Officer LYIT

I, alongside my colleagues, am committed to making sure that the learners that we support, regardless of their gender, feel included, valued and fairly represented and we aim to provide meaningful learning experiences for all students. We are committed to supporting diversity and inclusion.

Roisin McCormack

Jean Rice Chair of the Film & Television programmes, IADT

Jean Rice has been a stalwart member of the academic staff in Film & TV for over twenty years, and brings an exemplary track record in creative production industry experience, and works tirelessly in maintaining rich and rewarding industry connections for the benefit of the student body.

Jean Rice

Rosemary Flynn, IT Carlow

Rosemary Flynn has been leading sexual violence and harassment prevention and support measures at both the Institute of Technology Carlow and Nationally. Rosemary is an advocate for ‘breaking the bias’ and promoting gender equality and is a member of the Institute of Technology Carlow’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Rosemary Flynn

Dr Jacqueline O’Toole, Chair of the Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team, IT Sligo

Dr Jacqueline O’Toole has been a longstanding advocate for equality and diversity at IT Sligo. She describes herself as “a feminist sociologist” and she is a lecturer in Social Research and Sociology in the Department of Social Sciences at IT Sligo

Jacqueline O'Toole

GMIT Letterfrack EDI campus sub-committee

The Department of Furniture Design and Technology and the Department of Creative Education, established a Letterfrack Campus EDI Sub-Committee in 2021 to help raise awareness and engage both staff and students in a conversation on issues relating to gender equality, sexual misconduct and unconscious bias and to generate a culture of inclusivity within their education community.

GMIT Letterfrack

Dr Maria McEvoy, WIT

Breaking the Bias about Vaginismus for Women and Couples: The first Irish study in forty years to look at the psychosocial factors that contribute to vaginismus has just been completed in the School of Nursing, Psychotherapy and Community Health in Dublin City University lead by Waterford Institute of Technology lecturer Dr. Maria McEvoy

Maria McEvoy

Nhu Nguyen, Senior International Student Ambassador, LYIT

My parents gave birth to two daughters in a society that countless times told my parents to try for a boy. However, they were more than happy with the two of us, my sister and I. We are never a regret of our parent but rather their pride and treasure.

Nhu Nguyen

Dr Dióg O'Connell, Lecturer, IADT

Dr. Díóg O'Connell lectures in film and media at IADT and is programme chair of New Media Studies. One of her most keen interests is exploring Irish Women and Screenwriting and she has done extensive research on Ellen O'Mara Sullivan, who has is credited with Ireland's first independent feature film, Knocknagow (1918).

Diog O'Connell

Keara Barret, Head of Department of Computing, IT Carlow

Keara Barret led the Athena Swan application for the Dartment of Computing at IT Carlow, which was the first Institute of Technology to be granted a Bronze award for the computing department.

Keara Barret

Vicky Matthew, Student, IT Sligo

Vicky has advocated for the rights and needs of students with disabilities by calling for real inclusion on campus, promotion of support, and accessible student accommodation. Currently, she is working on a campaign to remove the stigma around disclosing disabilities to access supports available to third-level students in higher education

Vicky Matthew

LGBT Network, GMIT

The GMIT LGBT network is motivated by the values of Equality and Fairness, Voice and Visibility, Diversity and Inclusion.  Its goal is to create a safe and supportive space for LGBT+ staff within GMIT and to bring a LGBT+ equality perspective into organisational policy, systems, and culture within GMIT. The network will promote its values and goals within GMIT through public-facing events and initiatives.


Eavan Boland Project, IT Carlow

Karolyn McDonnell, a researcher with the National Centre for Men's Health at IT Carlow, and colleague Aisling Gartland, a PhD candidate based at the engCORE research hub, have teamed up with 16 international students attending IT Carlow to make a special video marking the global day that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

Eavan Boland Project

Yvonne Roache, Health and Wellbeing Officer, IT Sligo

My daughters look to me as their role model, I hope that they see that despite the challenges of being a single working mother, living with a chronic illness that you can still grow and make a meaningful impact in your work and life. For them and for myself I strive to #BreakTheBias.

Yvonne Roache

Sheila Donegan, Lecturer, WIT

Sheila is a lecturer in Chemistry and Director of Calmast – the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Outreach centre at Waterford IT and co-founder of Maths Week

Sheila Donegan

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