Dana Rock

  • In my professional capacity, I want to help ensure that all of our students feel part of the Oxford Brookes community and comfortable being who they are within this space.

    As a teenager coming out I knew almost no other gay people. It was difficult to imagine a future happiness when so many of the dominant narratives about ‘growing up’ were based on heteronormative concepts that didn’t seem to apply to me. It’s for this reason that I have chosen to be visibly out at as an adult: to demonstrate that being yourself isn’t just acceptable, it’s what allows you to flourish.

    When I went to university as a student I remember worrying about telling people, particularly my new flatmates, that I was gay because I wasn’t sure how they would react. Indeed, there’s current research which suggests that new students who identify as LGBT+ are statistically more likely to feel unprepared about living with strangers when they move into halls. In my professional capacity, I want to help ensure that all of our students feel part of the Oxford Brookes community and comfortable being who they are within this space.

    I think it’s important to have openly LGBT+ people at the university so that both staff and students can know they are in a safe environment. In my experience Oxford Brookes is a very supportive and welcoming place to work. I really believe that because I can be myself I am more committed and better able to engage at work. I hope too that by visibly being out I can help to give others the confidence to be themselves.