Inclusivity in CÉIM

A Welcoming Space

We’re working hard in CÉIM to ensure that every student is included and feels listened to. We are continually building supports for neurodivergent students, disabled students, as well as students with chronic illnesses and social anxiety. CÉIM is an open and supportive space where you can feel comfortable and heard.  

Get in touch
If you’re feeling anxious about attending CÉIM, just drop us an email at su.ceim@universityofgalway.ie. We’d be happy to arrange a quick meeting with one of your student leaders and discuss how we can best support you to feel comfortable attending CÉIM sessions.  

Communication with your CÉIM group
In CÉIM we utilise email and WhatsApp group chats for communication between leaders and 1st years. Before your sessions begin you will be emailed by your leaders with all the information you need, and in your first session you will have the option to join the WhatsApp group. The group chat will be used for CÉIM purposes only and it is entirely up to you if you wish to join! 

Structure of CÉIM sessions
CÉIM sessions have a structure of an opening activity, academic focused discussions and activities, and a recap at the end. You can depend on a reliable structure each week in your sessions. Your leaders are excited to be running CÉIM sessions and will be a friendly face throughout the year. Keep in mind that the content of the sessions relies on what students wish to focus on – so let your leaders know and they will organise the session to match your needs! 

No pressure card
If you find yourself ever needing to take more of a spectator role in a CÉIM session you can avail of a No Pressure Card from the Students’ Union office in Áras na Mac Léinn. Simply pop the card on the table in front you in your session, your leaders will see it and accommodate you as needed. You do not need to disclose any information to the leaders or the CÉIM team.  Watch this short video on how to get a CÉIM No Pressure Card.

Contact us 
We believe in open communication and discussion about neurodivergence, disabilities, social anxiety, chronic illness and fatigue and more. If you have any questions or if you have some feedback for us, please get in touch at su.ceim@universityofgalway.ie. 

CÉIM Inclusion Statement 

We’re on a mission to make CÉIM as welcoming, inclusive and accessible as possible for 1st year students and CÉIM leaders. If you have any suggestions about this, we’d really appreciate hearing from you.Contact the CÉIM team at su.ceim@universityofgalway.ie.

General
– Every student taking part in CÉIM, regardless of personal history or identity categories, is a valued member of our peer learning community. You are all welcome here and you all belong here.
– Your experiences are important, and you should feel free to share them as they become relevant to your CÉIM journey.
– No student is ever expected or believed to speak for all members of a group

Respect
– We are a learning community and should treat each other with the respect we would expect from others. 
– We ask that all students work with the CÉIM team and our partners to create a welcoming environment that is respectful of all forms of diversity and that is free from harassment and micro-aggressions.
– Constructive disagreement is encouraged, but please attempt to balance discussions with efforts to build and maintain a welcoming peer learning community. Base the discussion on relevant materials or fact, and don’t make it personal. 

Your wellbeing
– The wellbeing of all students participating in CÉIM as 1st year students and leaders is of primary importance. 
– The University of Galway has a wide range of student support services and you are encouraged to seek the support of these services. 
– If you are facing any challenges, please get in touch with the CÉIM Team to discuss ways CÉIM, your School or the University support services can help you.  

Your identity
– You have the right to determine your own identity. You have the right to be called by whatever name you wish, and for that name to be pronounced correctly.
You have the right to be referred to by whatever pronouns you wish. 
– You have the right to adjust your name and your pronouns at any point in your participation in CÉIM.   

Supporting you
If there are any elements of CÉIM, such as session environment, session activities, leader training, leader debrief meetings etc., that result in barriers to your inclusion or don’t work for you, please get in touch with the CÉIM team as soon as possible. We are excited to work collaboratively to develop strategies to meet both your needs and the requirements of CÉIM. 
If relevant, you are encouraged to contact the Disability Support Service to determine what other supports may be available to you.  

Universal Design for Learning
– Many members of the CÉIM Team have undergone 25+ hours of training in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and are committed to embedding UDL into all aspects of CÉIM.  Particular emphasis has been placed on developing tangible examples of how to implement the UDL framework in peer learning settings such as CÉIM.
– CÉIM leaders complete online training and part of this focuses on how to run inclusive CÉIM sessions and UDL.