DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
The DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion was established in June 2018.
The DCU Centre is a central hub for research, advice and knowledge exchange on diversity and inclusion. The Centre creates a bridge between DCU’s talent, industry bodies and specialist groups, helping organisations build cultures of inclusion by providing access to the very latest in academic research, insights and tools on diversity and inclusion. It supports organisations in all aspects of their diversity and inclusion journeys.
Our Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values
Three Broad Functions
The Centre of Excellence is funded by Founding Partners; organisations that have financially contributed to the establishment of the Centre.
The Centre collaborates with industry partners that commission and fund projects, research and outputs. Each of these partners is at a different stage of their diversity and inclusion journey and so each has something unique to contribute to the research.
The Centre engages with expert partners and domain expert consultants to conduct and deliver outputs from the Centre.
Academic experts from DCU faculty lead and contribute to the research and output of the Centre.
Such collaboration builds on the strengths of each member to ensure that the outputs that result from these projects are informed by emerging academic research, responding to the needs of industry. Research projects of this scale and nature are not feasible without collaboration with industry partners.
Training and Development
The Centre of Excellence offers a variety of training options. To find out more about these options, click here.
Founding Director, Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion
Sandra Healy is Head of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion at Dublin City University and Founding Director of the DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. Before moving to DCU, Sandra held a number of leadership positions spanning 20 years in the telecoms industry. Over the past twelve years Sandra has championed and driven Diversity and Inclusion practice in Irish Industry and contributes hugely to the work of the Ibec Diversity Forum, CWIT and 30% Club Ireland. Sandra is a member of the Expert Group, advising on the Citizens Assembly on Gender Equality 2020, led by Dr Catherine Day.
A core element of the Centre is a membership community of academic experts, informed practitioners, thought leaders and networks that research and produce best practices in workplace diversity and inclusion. The DCU Centre is financially supported by founding partners; key industry leaders from across sectors who are committed to driving diversity and inclusion in the marketplace.
Sarita Johnston is the Senior Business Manager with DCU Centre of Excellence for Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to joining she was Business Development Manager Corporate Services for Sodexo Ireland and Northern Ireland. Her role to drive the delivery of strategic sales and alliances on the island of Ireland. Prior to joining Sodexo in 2019 Sarita held various positions in the Government Industrial Development Agency, Enterprise Ireland. Her experience spans multi-sectors from Lifescience and Industrial, Cleantech, Software & Technology, Financial Services, Disruptive Technologies and manufacturing services.
In her most recent role, Sarita was Manager of HPSU Start Department Manager, Enterprise Ireland. As Manager of HPSU Start her role was to lead a team to find, encourage and develop entrepreneurs and start-ups with potential to scale through international sales. Sarita was also Manager of Female Entrepreneurship for 3 years and managed Enterprise Irelands key initiatives to support and develop investment in female founded companies. These initiatives formed part of a drive to boost the number of innovative, export-orientated businesses being set up and led by female entrepreneurs. She holds a Bachelor of Business (Hons) Degree and a MBS from Liverpool John Moore’s University.
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