Glasgow Kelvin’s trailblazing White Ribbon campaign has won the ‘Student Engagement: Small Institution’ Award at this year’s national Green Gown Awards.
Proud College students and staff were joined by David Thomson from White Ribbon Scotland to receive the Award at a glittering ceremony held in the National Railway Museum in York
With two projects shortlisted in the Student Engagement category, the College sees this as excellent recognition of the commitment to its Sustainability Agenda. The other shortlisted project was the GK Velocity project which, driven by Support for Learning students, gave rise to the Cycle Hub at the Springburn Campus.
Involvement in the White Ribbon campaign - Sustainable Inclusive Social Practice has seen the Student Association, guided by Arlene Sweeney the Student Engagement Officer, roll out the message throughout the College and into the community. The campaign strives to give men a voice in helping to oppose violence against women, refusing to view it as a ‘women’s issue’ but something which society needs to address as a whole.
Since becoming the first college to be awarded White Ribbon Status last year, the College has witnessed its Student Association expand and refine their delivery of the pledge message:
“I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about men’s violence against women in all its forms.”
Student Association President, Shaun McLaughlin, and his small army of Student Ambassadors have kept the impetus going by ensuring that groups of young students, most especially young men, are engaging with the message. Through presentations and small group discussions they have continued to recruit young people to the campaign to ‘Stop Violence Against Women.’
Several students and staff have also trained as speakers to deliver awareness-raising sessions and are currently involved, with local MSP Bob Doris, in providing sessions for employees who work with local bookmakers to support them in getting the message across to customers in their day-to-day work.
Principal Alan Sherry said;
“We are incredibly proud of the hard work and commitment of the Student Association to ensure that this extremely worthwhile campaign is spread throughout the Glasgow Kelvin community.
This national recognition of the work of students and staff is a wonderful endorsement of the sustainability of the campaign and the College’s commitment to capacity building. We are very grateful to White Ribbon – Scotland, EAUC and Green Gown Awards for their confidence in us and look forward to developing the campaign further.”