NUI Galway has been confirmed as the location for this year’s Pink Training which is run by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI.)
Pink Training is a yearly residential training course that focuses on LGBT+ issues such as activism, mental health, campaigns, leadership, and diversity in the LGBT+ community.
The course signs up about 300 delegates each year, and it is known as the largest LGBT+ Conference in Europe.
This year’s edition runs from the 3rd to the 5th of December.
“We are so excited to be hosting Pink Training for the USI this year” states NUI Galway’s Student Union Vice President for Welfare and Equality Cora Clarke.
“As an event that promotes inclusivity as well as providing a huge amount of fun, it is an honour to be hosting it here and we are really looking forward to it.”
NUI Galway have hosted the event on their campus in the past, in 2019 and 2018. The event was held online last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
John Fortune, the USI’S President for the Southern Region is one of the lead organisers of this year’s Pink Training.
NUI Galway’s Brod Society (Brod Soc) have also welcomed the news of Pink Training arriving at NUI Galway, while acknowledging the timing of the event is slightly later than usual. The event is normally held in the last week of November.
“It’s on a week later this year and a bit closer to exams. But due to the delay of Covid guidelines being eased up, it was inevitable” states Alex Keane, Auditor of NUI Galway’s Brod Soc.
Speaking on his committee’s behalf, Keane also stated that colleges from all over Ireland will be attending the event.
“And while it’s not ideal timing for NUI Galway students, it’ll no doubt be a great weekend and perhaps even a welcome break to clear our heads between study week and the beginning of exams” finished Keane.