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LGBT Co-Mentoring - Walk in My Shoes

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Walk in my shoes will be an opportunity for senior leaders and staff to:

  • Explore new perspectives, challenge the status quo and develop strategies for positive culture change
  • Influence change and positively contribute to the diversity agenda
  • Colleagues from under-represented groups will feel positively supported by senior leaders, particularly relating to their career development

Meetings are informal and can be as frequent as needed. Matched people may meet once or twice, but the relationship may continue beyond this

Things that might be discussed could include:

  • Understanding the barriers faced by LGBT staff
  • Career progression worries
  • LGBT role models at the University (or lack of them!)
  • Remembering all sections of the workforce and different barriers they may encounter (i.e. people working in estates)
  • Being able to identify and combat assumptions and preconceptions about LGBT people
  • Awareness of people with ‘multiple identities’
  • Use of neutral language
  • How to signpost
  • Outside experiences of LGBT people and how that can impact on their time at work
  • Making conversations ‘normal’ and natural
• This is about sharing stories and experiences, it isn’t a mentoring relationship, both parties are ‘experts’
• The programme will contribute to our diversity goals and offer these opportunities:
- To share learning between colleagues of diverse backgrounds
- To hear about each other’s opportunities, challenges and backgrounds
- To talk about leadership at this University 
- To look at the University from a different vantage point
- To be open and honest about sensitive issues that impact on career development opportunities
- To positively contribute to the diversity agenda
- To build previously unexplored networks
 
• Briefings can be offered for those involved- drawing on current resources and new ones: 
- How to stimulate discussion and open-dialogue
- Respectfully challenging
- As a senior leader-how to avoid slipping into a dominant role
- How to be open to vulnerability
- How to actively listen and empathise
- Being honest and open
- Confronting stereotypes and prejudiced beliefs

If you would like to find out more, then please contact lgbt@manchester.ac.uk