Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College,  aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.”  Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News

Over 40 speakers, ranging from activists to corporates and researchers, spoke at events in six locations across Trinity’s iconic campus for the 4th edition of the annual Summit.

The ambitious purpose of the event clearly translated to the wide range of complex topics the expert panels discussed, ranging from homelessness, sports, social enterprise, health and more. 

Due to the scale and timing of the event, it was impossible to attend every talk. Instead, event-goers limited their attendance and participation to specific talks of personal interest. Attendees milled around the Trinity campus, interacting with student volunteers who led the way to different venues. Although it was heartening to see the number of student volunteers, there did not seem to be many students attendees. Perhaps, like me, they had to find a way to fit the Summit talks into their already busy college course schedules. 

I followed the directions of a student volunteer up a narrow staircase to the Diversity & Equality in the Workplace session, hosted by Moira Hogan, head of marketing at Business in the Community Ireland. In a bit of unintentional irony, the location of this event was a reminder of the practical challenges involved in accommodating diversity, as an audience member pointed out the lack of accessibility to the venue. Although the panel and the entire Good Summit meant to promote diversity, it was not accessible to those who may have physical disabilities or difficulties walking – thereby physically excluding them from participating. 

Ms. Hogan and her organisation aim to “make all companies in Ireland responsible and sustainable,” which includes promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion. The business workforce of Ireland today does not accurately reflect the diversity of the nation’s population. By helping companies develop and update their policies to promote diversity and equality while also sponsoring programs aimed to help people enter the workforce, Business in the Community Ireland aims to close this gap. 

Ms. Hogan and her colleagues answered questions about the current barriers and obstacles to diversity in the workplace, as viewed from the perspective of job-seekers. Many of their clients are refugees and immigrants to Ireland who face challenges finding employment and integrating into society. 

A large proportion of the barriers to diversity in the workplace lies in the strict requirements set by many employers. Irish employers expect Irish qualifications, for example the leaving certificate, an Irish college degree, or a certain score on an aptitude test. As the panel pointed out, these expectations are culturally biased and potentially exclusive. Foreign nationals are less likely to have leaving cert qualifications and are very unlikely to score highly on a subjective aptitude test. As a result of this restrictive qualification mentality, employers tend to undervalue work experience or qualifications obtained in other countries, effectively treating workers as though anything they have done outside Ireland has no value. 

Other challenges can be attributed to the less quantifiable aspects of the employment process. What one panelist referred to as “the Irish way of doing things” can be very challenging to grasp for those coming from the outside. Irish culture, like any other, has its own communication style. Although the prefered style here includes eye contact and small talk, there are cultures where avoiding eye contact is a sign of respect, and others where speaking directly is considered more polite. There is a tendency in Ireland to see what is culturally different as less than ideal or simply incorrect. As a result, instead of embracing diversity this hiring philosophy excludes those who do not fit the mould. 

In practice, many of these same barriers serve to exclude Irish nationals as well. Aspects of physical appearance such as skin color, religious attire, and even hairstyle, can also be points of discrimination. As evidenced by the stories of some clients of Business in the Community Ireland, something as simple as having a Muslim name can be a barrier. Racism and religious discrimination and unconscious bias are some of the largest barriers to diversity and equality in the Irish workplace. 

The business sector has the potential to be a huge instrument of positive change in society. Business in the Community Ireland works with companies to alter their requirements and reframe their mindset in order to promote diversity and innovation. The benefits of diversifying the Irish workforce are not merely social. As stated by Ms. Hogan, businesses with higher levels of diversity are 80% more productive, and innovation is promoted substantially by diversity. 

In keeping with the Good Summit values, the panel speakers encouraged audience members themselves to do their part to promote diversity and equality in Ireland. Hogan and her colleagues implored summit-goers to “take greater responsibility about racism in Ireland” while reminding people that the personal impact of compassion and collaboration can make a substantial difference in the community.

 

Photo by K. Mitch Hodge on Unsplash

 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College, aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.” Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News.

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Student mental health: Recharge and remain well

Student mental health: Recharge and remain well

University is a brilliant time for students to learn new things, socialise and become more independent. But it doesn’t come without its set of struggles. These struggles can include anything from rising prices of rent, exam stress, homesickness and much more. The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) visited colleges and universities such as Maynooth University, National University of Ireland Galway and Technological University Dublin Blanchardstown from Monday the 14th of October to launch their Re:Charge campaign, aiming to promote student mental health and get students thinking about ways that they can mind their mental health. The annual campaign was funded by the HSE and its focus was healthy eating, physical activity and talking to someone when you are feeling overwhelmed.

Students had the opportunity to visit the Re:Charge stand at their university and chat to members of the USI and their university’s welfare crew. The USI brought a big sheet of paper to put at the stand where students could write down what they do to recharge. Students were given the opportunity to read the responses of others and to learn coping mechanisms and strategies. It was a good way for students to gather more ideas on how to mind themselves in times of stress and on a day to day basis. Examples of student responses included: reading, exercising, having a cup of tea, hanging out with friends and painting. 

Available at the Re:Charge stand were additional resources to help students manage stress. Students could help themselves to fruit to kickstart their healthy eating. There was also a raffle for students to enter free of charge to win a USI Re:Charge water bottle or a USI Re:Charge notebook. These prizes aimed to help students with their mental wellbeing. The USI suggested that students use the notebook to journal about their day and their thought processes. The water bottle was intended to remind them to stay hydrated throughout their busy days to keep well and energetic. 

The Re:Charge campaign reminded students of the supports that are available to them both within their universities and beyond. Students learned about university medical and counselling support, as well as sports clubs to keep active during their studies. Students were made aware of Niteline and Samaritans and were given leaflets, pens and badges from these organisations. Members of Samaritans came to some of the universities to meet students face to face and explain the work they do. Niteline is a confidential, anonymous and non judgemental helpline run by students for students from 9pm-2:30am every day of the college term. Each volunteer is carefully selected and trained and ready to listen to students who want to talk about their mental health. The Samaritans is a 24/7 helpline to try to decrease the amount of isolation and disconnection people feel by being a source of support and a non judgemental listening ear for everybody.

Lorna Fitzpatrick, the President of the USI stated: “We are delighted to launch our Re:Charge roadshow for the second year running. Mental health is an issue close to every student’s heart and it is vitally important that students are made aware of the services available to them when they are not feeling their best.” She highlighted the importance of reducing the stigma surrounding mental health. The USI National Report on Student Mental Health in Third Level Education has shown that students have been struggling with their mental health. According to the report, 38.4% of students have experienced anxiety, 29.9% have experienced depression and 17.3% have experienced stress.  

Mental health is real and important. It exists everywhere and is something that everyone has. Universities and the USI are doing their best to help students manage their mental health at university. The Re:Charge campaign is important because it teaches students ways to deal with feelings of overwhelm and how to look after themselves while at university. It also gives students a chance to learn from each other and share ideas. It is high time we stepped up to accept the challenge to support our fellow students. Support can consist of listening non judgmentally and offering a helping hand to someone who is struggling with something even if it seems really small to you. The Re:Charge campaign shows students that they are not alone and have people and supports to turn to when they are feeling overwhelmed.

 

If you feel your mental health is impacted, don’t hesitate to reach out to the organisations mentioned above! Find resources and information on the Re:Charge campaign here.

 

Photo by the USI on Twitter.

 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College, aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.” Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News.

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New York Fashion Week stuts in the right direction

New York Fashion Week stuts in the right direction

New York Fashion Week (NYFW) made history in September when they showcased their most diverse casting of models. 

There has been a rise in the representation of minorities and other marginalized groups in media and other platforms, which has been met with praise and high success. Having people of different backgrounds lets people from all over the world see themselves represented on a huge stage. 

NYFW is being applauded for using people of all skin colours, body types, genders and sexualities across their 76 shows, which took place from Friday September 6th to Saturday September 14th. 

Out of the 2,203 models used during the week 44.8 percent of models on the runways were people of colour, this is 7.5 percent more than 2018’s 37.3 percent. Eight of the designers used more than 70 percent of models of colour in their shows, with Pyer Moss and Claudia Li using only models of colour to showcase their clothes. 

49 plus sized models were casted for this year’s season walking in 12 different shows, almost doubling from the 27 used last year in 8  shows. Chromat casted 13 plus sized models, which was the highest number this season, they also used 91.7 percent of people of colour. 

One show that was hailed for its diversity and inclusivity was SavagexFenty, which is Rihanna’s clothing line with Savage. Her casting got a lot of media attention for its diverse model choices which included models of different ethnicities, sexualities, genders and abilities (some models had prosthetic legs). 

In a clip from the show Rihanna said “It’s very important that the casting kind of tells the narrative of what the brand stands for, and what we stand for mainly here is inclusivity. That’s what I stand for with everything I create.” 

NYFW 2019 has helped in the fight to redefine beauty standards in the beauty and fashion world.

 

 

Photo on Wikimedia Commons

 

 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College, aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.” Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News.

Student mental health: Recharge and remain well

University is a brilliant time for students to learn new things. But it doesn’t come without its set of struggles. The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) launched their Re:Charge campaign, aiming to promote student mental health and get students thinking about ways that they can mind their mental health.

New York Fashion Week stuts in the right direction

STAND News reviews this year New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and tells you how it made history thanks to their most diverse casting of models.

#SexIsNotRent Scandal Shows Housing Crisis is Perfect Storm for Exploitation

After several women reported being sexually harrassed by their landlord, the #SexIsNotRent scandal sheds light on the exploitative potential of the housing crisis.

#SexIsNotRent Scandal Shows Housing Crisis is Perfect Storm for Exploitation

#SexIsNotRent Scandal Shows Housing Crisis is Perfect Storm for Exploitation

It will come as no surprise to anyone, except perhaps the wealthy elite, that we are in the midst of a full-blown housing crisis. According to Focus Ireland, at the end of August 2019, there were over 910 young people living in emergency accommodation and the number of homeless families had increased by 348% since August 2014. These figures don’t even include the hidden homeless or those staying in domestic violence refuges. There is no shortage of land that can be used to build social housing. Yet, empty houses are sitting vacant while homelessness continues to rise. The housing crisis places homeless people and those who are renting in vulnerable situations where they are open to exploitation. 

Nothing highlights the huge power imbalance between landlords and renters more than the #SexIsNotRent scandal raised by Ruth Coppinger TD at the Dáil last month. A young woman living in Rathmines was sexually harassed by her landlord who said she could stay rent free until Christmas “if we can agree something.” The woman was lucky enough to be able to move on from the house but many aren’t so lucky. There is no official statistics in Ireland regarding landlords offering reduced or free rent for sex but it was reported in September 2018 by a YouGov poll in the UK that 250,000 women were offered reduced rent in exchange for sexual favours over the past five years.

Since this scandal broke, many more women have contacted Ruth Coppinger to say they have also been sexually harassed by their landlords. This unfortunate reality is a reflection of landlord greed and self entitlement in a country where misogynistic attitudes still permeate many aspects of women’s lives. Young women and other marginalised groups are more likely to work in precarious jobs on zero hour contracts and face heightened risk of sexual harassment by managers, bosses and the general public. They are also more likely to pay high rents, hence it is not surprising that landlords feel entitled to ask women for sexual favours in return for rent reductions. This begs the question: If your predator has the keys to your house, who are you going to turn to?

Landlords are empowered by a society that is a breeding ground for sexism and gender discrimination. In Ireland, victims are still shamed and disrespected; they are even told they were “asking for it”. The Irish Justice system is failing to protect victims of sexual assault as was clearly evidenced by both the Belfast Rugby Rape trial and the recent court case in Cork where a thong was used as evidence of the victim’s consent. Many cases of sexual violence go unreported and the few victims who do come forward rarely see justice delivered. The last Sexual Abuse and Violence in Ireland (SAVI) report was published seventeen years ago and there are no up-to-date statistics regarding the volume of unreported cases in Ireland. This problem will only get worse as the housing crisis continues.

Tellingly, one third of TDs in the Dail are landlords and most of them belong to Fine Gael or Fianna Fail. Their “solution” to the housing crisis involves reinforcing the need for private landlords through the HAP scheme and building co-living spaces and luxury student accommodation which many can’t afford. More recently, Solidarity-PBP’s Anti Eviction Bill has been blocked by the government even though it was passed in the Dáil. 

The housing crisis provides the perfect conditions for parasitic landlords to exploit the most vulnerable in our society – including exploiting renters for sex. Luckily, young people are becoming increasingly politically active, spurred on by recent gains like abortion rights and marriage equality. It is important to remember these rights were fought for, not handed to us by the establishment! We need to build a movement that challenges the rule of profit in society. A movement that fights for real rent controls and a ban on evictions. We must STAND together in this fight! 

Photo via Kim Buckley/Twitter

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College, aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.” Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News.

Student mental health: Recharge and remain well

University is a brilliant time for students to learn new things. But it doesn’t come without its set of struggles. The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) launched their Re:Charge campaign, aiming to promote student mental health and get students thinking about ways that they can mind their mental health.

New York Fashion Week stuts in the right direction

STAND News reviews this year New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and tells you how it made history thanks to their most diverse casting of models.

#SexIsNotRent Scandal Shows Housing Crisis is Perfect Storm for Exploitation

After several women reported being sexually harrassed by their landlord, the #SexIsNotRent scandal sheds light on the exploitative potential of the housing crisis.

Abortion and gay marriage: change is coming in Northern Ireland

Yesterday, a plenary session was held in Stormont, Northern Ireland’s Assembly. The Assembly, which has not sat in over a thousand days, was brought back together to try and vote about the decriminalisation of abortion and the legalisation of same sex marriage.

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Abortion and gay marriage: change is coming in Northern Ireland

Abortion and gay marriage: change is coming in Northern Ireland

On Monday, a plenary session was held in Stormont, Northern Ireland’s Assembly. The Assembly, which has not sat in over a thousand days, was brought back together to try and vote about the decriminalisation of abortion and the legalisation of same sex marriage. 

 

What happened and why now?

Since January 2017, Northern Ireland lives without an Executive and an Assembly. So, eventually, Westminster had to pass a bill to keep these institutions running. On the 24th of July 2019, the Northern Ireland Act was granted. This bill extends the period for forming a new Northern Ireland Executive and states 13th of January 2020 as the new deadline for negotiation (which is pretty soon in negotiating time).

But this is not the only interesting thing about that bill. Labour MPs Conor Mc Ginn and Stella Creasy submitted two smart amendments to the vote: if by midnight the 21st of October 2019, no executive power was up running in Northern Ireland, then abortion would be decriminalised and same sex marriage would be legalised. The amendment passed easily in Westminster with 383 votes in favour and 73 against. 

As the due date was getting closer, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) had a desperate attempt to stop this modernisation of Northern Ireland. It gathered more than 30 signatures of Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLA – Northern Ireland parliamentarians), the minimum required for a petition of concern. Therefore, the DUP was allowed to express its concerns before the assembly, called back for the occasion. 

The Social Democratic and Labour parties came but walked out during the session to protest. Several parties, such as Sinn Féin, Alliance, Green Party and People Before Profit, didn’t attend the session, acknowledging the “political stunt” of the DUP and the TUV (Traditionalist Unionist Voice). “They knew it was a political stunt that was going to fail and have no effect. But they did it anyway. In my view, they didn’t do themselves any favours and they didn’t do these institutions and the efforts to reestablish them any favours”, says Sinn Féin’s MLA for East Derry, Caoimhe Archibald (see full interview below).

Eventually, abortion and same-sex marriage rights were not even discussed in what was a really short session. Less than one hour was all the time needed for the (DUP) Speaker to deny the vote and debate on the concerns expressed through the petition. In fact, it would be controversial if he’d decide whether to hold a vote or not in the Assembly. A new Speaker has to be elected on cross-community basis for a long time now, and only this new Speaker would be entitled to make such a decision to hold a vote or not. 

 

What legal regime during the transition period and afterwards? 

So here we are, after 21st of October 2019. Northern Ireland didn’t get an Executive on Monday. No bill was able to be passed in the Assembly. Section 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861, criminalizing abortion, have been repealed and new abortion regulation should be implemented in the North by the 31st of March 2020. 

From now on, no criminal charges can be brought against any women getting an abortion, nor against anyone delivering an abortion. All the current investigations and cases made against women seeking an abortion in the past and not closed yet, will be dropped.

Between now and the end of March, women can’t hope to get an abortion on Northern Irish soil unless they meet the criteria of “fatal or serious fetal anomality” and are not pregnant for more than 28 weeks. So, for a little longer, women will have to travel to Britain. However, they can call the Central Booking in England and their travel and accommodation expenses will be funded, regardless of the individual’s income. One carer’s expenses can also be covered, so that women don’t have to go through the abortion process on their own oversea. 

From April, two sites in Northern Ireland will be open to abortion. The North should be one of the first jurisdiction to organize buffer zones around the abortion sites, prosecuting anyone trying to protest in the area. Also, medical staff should get proper training on abortion cares. 

The British Government has until the 13th of January 2020 to legalise gay marriage. As a 28-day notice is needed before a wedding can take place, the first gay marriage in Northern Ireland should be celebrated around Valentine’s Day, in February 2020. 

 

What was the legal regime so far?

So far, in Northern Ireland, women could only get an abortion if there was a “risk of real and serious adverse effect on their physical or mental health, which is either long term or permanent”. This regime of exception went against the Abortion Act 1967 that makes abortion legal on several grounds up to 28 weeks in Britain. More than 1,000 Northern Irish women travel to Britain every year to get an abortion. 

Same sex marriage was neither performed nor even recognized in Northern Ireland. Civil Partnership was granted to gay couple in 2005, and presented as an adequate alternative. 

 

 

Photo and video by Shannon Takahashi 

 

Watch down below the full interview of Sinn Féin’s MLA for East Derry, Caoimhe Archibald and a vox-pop made on Queen’s University’s campus (Belfast) on Monday Morning.

Student Mental Health: 1 in 3 Experience Depression

Student Mental Health: 1 in 3 Experience Depression

A recent survey on student mental health, conducted by the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), reveals that a large number of students are or have experienced some sort of mental health issue, ranging from anxiety to depression.

A total of 3,340 students across the island of Ireland responded to the survey with 38.4% of these reporting “extremely severe levels of anxiety”, 29.9% reporting depression and 32.2% of respondents saying they had a formal diagnosis of mental health difficulties at some point in their lives. The study shows that gender is a significant factor: non-binary students have the highest levels of severe anxiety at 61.3% while transgender students are most likely to be “severely extremely depressed.” A financial factor on student mental health also comes up with 52% of those depending on Credit Union loans reporting severe anxiety. 77.8% of those without stable living arrangements report depression. 23% of students surveyed had used an on-campus counselling service in the past while only 0.4% report that there was no wait in accessing the service. Most people find the service helpful but only 36.8% report being offered as many sessions as they needed. The majority of those who reported having a formal diagnosis of a mental health difficulty made use of the counselling service.

The report includes some qualitative elements with respondents given the opportunity to share some comments on their experiences of seeking help and their opinions. There were a wide range of experiences with both very positive and very negative feedback coming through. What comes through very strongly is the fact that students are most likely to seek help from an on-campus counselling service but there is also an inconsistency in the success of help available. For some students, the long waiting lists have been a barrier to them using the counselling service while others found the counselling services were under-resourced and not equipped to deal with their specific range of needs. At the launch of the report in Trinity College Dublin Gertie Raftery of the PCHEI (psychological counsellors in higher education in Ireland) commented about difficulties with the transience of students and the need for students to be able to access the same full range of care while at college as they can at home. Students may find they have to go through the convoluted process of transferring between local mental health services when they go away to college. A kind of health passport has been mentioned as a possible solution whereby students could easily access a full range of mental health services both at their place of study and at home.

Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor opened the launch. The minister spoke at length about the need for increased mental health literacy and also put the onus on the Higher Education Institutes (HEI) to respond to the report. However, she seemed reluctant to mention increased funding or resources for third level mental health services nor did she seem to address students’ difficulties in accessing mental health services while studying away from home. Later at the launch a student panel highlighted the need for funding and investment in fully staffed counselling services, but the minister had left by that stage.

In its pre-budget submission for the upcoming budget, USI have already proposed €100,000 additional funding per HEI which would cover the average salary of 1.5 additional counselling psychologists, €120,000 per HEI to support the adoption of a peer-lead support programme, and  €500,000 funding to support a pilot programme of 5 Student Support Coordinators for more effective case management for students who have complex mental health difficulties. It is still unclear if these proposals will be met. 

Ruairí Weiner is the President of Maynooth University Mental Health Society and was asked by the USI to give a student response to the report which is included as part of the report

 

 

Photo: Ruairi Weiner, Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor, USI President Lorna Fitzpatrick, Former Chairperson of DCU Mental Health Society Sorcha Murphy

 

 

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Diversity and inclusion in the workplace: Ireland is making slow progress

Last month, the Good Summit Ireland, hosted in Trinity College, aimed to create “a space for dialogue that motivates those who feel disengaged and disenchanted with how the world works, offering a platform for solidarity, with new ideas and empowerment.” Editor Rose attended a talk on the topic of diversity in the workplace and reports for STAND News.

Student mental health: Recharge and remain well

University is a brilliant time for students to learn new things. But it doesn’t come without its set of struggles. The Union of Students of Ireland (USI) launched their Re:Charge campaign, aiming to promote student mental health and get students thinking about ways that they can mind their mental health.

New York Fashion Week stuts in the right direction

STAND News reviews this year New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and tells you how it made history thanks to their most diverse casting of models.

#SexIsNotRent Scandal Shows Housing Crisis is Perfect Storm for Exploitation

After several women reported being sexually harrassed by their landlord, the #SexIsNotRent scandal sheds light on the exploitative potential of the housing crisis.

Abortion and gay marriage: change is coming in Northern Ireland

Yesterday, a plenary session was held in Stormont, Northern Ireland’s Assembly. The Assembly, which has not sat in over a thousand days, was brought back together to try and vote about the decriminalisation of abortion and the legalisation of same sex marriage.

Student Mental Health: 1 in 3 Experience Depression

A new report from USI about the mental health of Irish students revealed that increased funding and coordinated actions are is needed to better support students. Ruairi Weiner reports.