West Dean is dedicated to promoting equality and diversity in all its manifestations, including our support of the transgender and non-binary communities within our institution. We aim to foster an environment where all students, staff, volunteers and guests can feel seen, valued and safe to express themselves.
We at both West Dean and Chelsea Harbour campuses respect people’s right to self-identify. We will affirm this by using people’s chosen names and correct pronouns, regardless of if they decide to transition or where they are in their transition journey. We support transgender and non-binary people using the restrooms that align with their gender identities and are working towards providing gender neutral restrooms, some of which have already been established in the Carrington Studio.
We do not tolerate harassment or bullying at West Dean or Chelsea Harbour campuses, whether stemming from staff or students. This extends to transphobic behaviour, ranging from intentional misgendering or deadnaming to outright hate speech. We will condemn this type of behaviour and work towards a safer environment for the transgender and non-binary communities on our campuses.
We commit to being open to feedback if there are better ways of serving our students, staff, volunteers or guests to ensure a welcoming and affirming experience.
We recognise that not everyone has a strong understanding of the transgender and non-binary communities, so have collated additional resources for those who would like to learn more about the experiences of transgender and non-binary people and why this support is necessary below.
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