DCU Celebrates Neurodivergent Week!

(Cathy Brennan (Chairperson))

"Enjoy free, informative and optimistic events hosted by DCU’s Neurodivergent Society. To be neurodivergent is to think differently. “Neurodivergent” encompasses all people who have experienced mental illnesses, learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders and more. Everyone is welcome to attend our free series of events, designed to engage people of all levels of familiarity with neurodivergence. On Monday at 6 pm, the Introduction will address common questions about what constitutes neurodivergence, followed by a live Q&A. Tuesday will see Enda Murphy providing expert insight into how to navigate mental health challenges as a neurodivergent person. Joan McDonald will also be sharing her perspective of being diagnosed later in life and creating a group, 500 strong, of Irish autistic adults. Facilitating these crucial conversations around disclosure, diagnosis, and mental health fosters greater empathy for those of us who can feel isolated from society. Having a place where you can be authentic with peers is critical to all people; this is especially true for neurodivergent people who may struggle with feeling like an “other”.Wednesday aims to show there is no one face of neurodivergence; anyone can be neurodivergent.Neurodivergent is a brilliantly broad, inclusive word; in keeping with this, we will challenge common misconceptions that neurodivergence (especially autism) is a boy’s club. Brains work independently from skin colour, gender, sexuality and age.  We will be holding panel discussions on keeping the movement intersectional; we leave no one behind. Christa Holmans (Neurodivergent Rebel,) Lydia X. Z. Brown, Morénike Giwa Onaiwu and Sharon daVanport will discuss race, gender and sexuality and their implications for neurodivergent people. On Thursday, Steve Silberman will be discussing neurodivergent creativity with our founder, Lao?ín Brennan. For the past year and a half, DCU's Neurodivergent Society has hosted creative expression workshops facilitated by Fighting Words. At 7, we will launch our creative collection online.Our Annual General Meeting, where we elect our committee for 2021/22, will be on Friday. Our final event is a movie screening of Soul (2020). "

Marchaton - Wanne join the DLPR Team?

(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))

"Hey everyone,If you want to join the DCU Marchaton but don't have a fun team yet - the Dublin Law and Politics Review is joining as a team! Only 2 places left for those wanting to join in the walking :)For those who have missed the email on marchaton here is the info below:Welcome to Marchathon 2021 – the all-Ireland Step Challenge !!  This year, Sustainability DCU together with DCU Healthy and DCU Sports and Wellbeing have organised an engaging and exciting set of weekly challenges to motivate and encourage you to get those walking shoes on!  Each week you and your team will be eligible to win prizes in both the internal DCU and overarching NTA challenges.For 4 weeks from Monday 1st March to Friday 28th March, Staff and Students from campuses all over the country will be aiming to get moving this March.  Everyone is welcome to get involved.To take part you need to :1.    Get into a team of 3 – 6 people2.    Sign up online at www.activetravellogger.ie (If you have participated before you can just login or if this is your first time you will need to register your details with your DCU email address)a)   Team captain: choose a team name and set your team up on the Active Travel Loggerb)  Team members: sign up online at Active Travel Logger, find a team and join it.Here is a quick video guide to help youc) We will be running some team creation session’s in the last week in Feb - so don’t worry if you can’t fill your team we can help identify suitable membersd) If you sign up by 19th Feb then you will be in the hat for a small prize from the NTA.3.   Step Counter — any step counter will work - you can download an app (e.g. Free Smarter Travel Step Counter), buy a pedometer, use a Fit Bit, or other step tracking device -  you will need to log your steps on the  www.activetravellogger.ie before 14.00 on the Monday of each week – if you can’t logon for any reason your captain can also log your steps for you.4.    From 1st March to 28th March get walking where possible, try lunchtime walks, try walking meetings….aiming to increase your steps throughout the challenge and log your steps each week.5.       Have Fun !Here is a link to the  Participants Guide.There are lots more prizes to be won throughout the challenge so keep an eye on your emails.If you have any questions please contact me at or you can email the experts at info@smartertravelcampus.ie. Please note due to high volumes it may take up to 48 hours to respond to queries sent to this email address. Kind regards from the Sustainable Healthy Sporty Team !!!!!"

DCU Trio Selected for European Indoors

(Paul Byrne (Head of Athletics))

"DCU students Nadia Power, Sophie Becker and Andrew Coscoran have been selected for the Irish Athletics Team competing in the upcoming European Indoor Athletics Championship in Torun, Poland, March 5-7. Power, a final year MINT (Marketing, Innovation and Technology) student has enjoyed a fantastic indoor season so far and will be aiming for a place in this year’s 800 metres Indoor final after a string of personal bests and national record performances at the recent World Athletics Indoor Tour. The Dublin City Harrier club woman has posted a 2:00.98 finish this season and is ranked 7th in Europe, 10th in the world and is currently inside the World Athletics Quota ranking system for Olympic Qualification. Andrew Coscoran ran a lifetime best over 1500m at the World Indoor Tour meeting in Lievin in France this month; finishing fifth in a world class field. The final year Education and Training Student ran 3:37.20 which placed him fifth on the Irish all-time list behind Marcus O’Sullivan and Eamon Coughlan. The Dubliner is also inside the quota for Olympic qualification.Sophie Becker is also in superb form breaking her own personal best at the recent Athletics Ireland Elite Micro meeting on February 21st. She clocked 53.20 in the 400 metres and is currently the third fastest Irishwoman over this distance indoors. The Wexford athlete is the current National women’s 400m indoors and outdoors champion. Paul Byrne, Head of Athletics at DCU said, "I'm delighted for Nadia, Andrew and Sophie on their selections for European Indoors next week. All the hard work and dedication over the difficult number of months is coming to fruition. All three are sport scholarship athletes combining their academic and athletics ambitions to the highest levels. It has given everyone in DCU and DCU Athletics Club a huge boost to see them qualify and everyone is looking forward to watching them in action next week."James Galvin, Director of DCU Sports and Wellbeing commented, "I want to congratulate Nadia, Sophie and Andrew on their wonderful accomplishment of qualifying for the forthcoming European Indoor Athletics Championships. We know the commitment to hard work and long hours, largely unseen, that is required to achieve their athletic goals. We are especially proud of the academic success of these DCU student-athletes and they are to be commended for their ambition and achievements.A special mention to DCU Athletics coaches Joe Ryan and Daniel Kilgallon who coach athletes Cian McPhillips (800m), John Fitzsimons (800m) and Israel Olatunde (60m) who will also compete in Torun. DCU alumnus Paul Robinson (1500m) was also selected on the team. Pictured (l-r) Becker, Coscoran and Power in action"

Call for Abstracts

(Annelieke Mooij (Chairperson))

"(IM)MIGRATION LAW & POLICY Are you researching migration law or policies? Would you like to present your research?  Call for Abstracts An estimated 258 million people, approximately 3 per cent of the world's population, currently live outside their country of origin. Many of whose migration is characterized by varying degrees of compulsion, or because of free movement within the EU. While migration is a positive and empowering experience for many, it is becoming increasingly evident that there is a lack of human rights-based migration governance at the global, regional and national levels. This situation leads to the routine violation of migrants' rights in transit, at international borders, and in the countries, they migrate.The colloquium will provide a platform for researchers and research students to present and share their research and how it contributes to or impacts society. The researchers will also have an opportunity to receive feedback from academic mentors. There will be a prize of 100€ for the best abstract and the best presentation.Abstract selection will consider how well the research goal is explained research and how it will impact the society. Contributions can cover any area of migration law and policy. The conference aims to offer researchers, experts, scholars, and policymakers an opportunity to engage in a constructive debate on migration law and policy. The call for abstracts is open to all disciplines.Abstracts should be limited to 500 words, written in English and must include the author's name and institution e-mail address. Submissions can be made HERE by 28th February 2021. Successfully applicants will be informed in early March. Questions can be submitted through: contact@dublinlpr.ie. This colloquium is a part of the IPRC research week and is organized by the Dublin Law and Politics Review and the DCU School of Law and Government.Colloquium Date: Colloquium Time: UTC+1 time zone"

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