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Professor De Souza receives diversity award

​Professor Lorraine De Souza has been presented with the inaugural Caribbean Women's Standing Conference (CWSC) Diversity Award.

The CWSC, one of Brunel's donor groups, gave Prof De Souza the award for her work in providing a culturally diverse community of staff and students. It was presented to her by Her Excellency, the High Commissioner for Jamaica Aloun Ndombet-Assamba.

Professor De Souza, the university's Pro Vice Chancellor for Equal Opportunities, said: "It's a great honour to receive this award from the CWSC and I'm really grateful for the recognition.

"It also celebrates our equality and diversity achievements at Brunel. We were congratulated on our new University Equality and Diversity Strategy and our continuing and consistent successes in the education and opportunities we provide to staff and students."

As well as collecting her award, Professor De Souza gave a talk at the event entitled 'Equality and Diversity in the 21st Century: time to re-think the concept'.

She added: "My presentation drew on the life and legacy of Mary Seacole, as a health professional working on the frontline in the Crimean War and as a BME woman achieving her ambitions through her own knowledge, skills and motivation.

"My presentation focussed on women in education – how we, at Brunel, as educators can empower others to succeed and to develop their full potential."