2017 Shortlisted Nominee:
Diversity Champion Award for Education –
Drew Dalton is a Sociologist/Lecturer in Social Sciences at the University of Sunderland. He has worked in the voluntary and education sectors for a number of years, including roles with disadvantaged young people, children and adults, sexual health and HIV and AIDS. Drew has made a huge impact within the University and was instrumental in influencing the HR team in developing a HIV Staff policy. In conjunction with this, Drew trained staff on HIV Awareness along with students, which has now become an annual event. Drew also created Positive Allies, a charter mark for UK based employers to sign up to, to show that they are ‘HIV friendly’ to their existing and potential employees. He is the founder and Chair of LGBT History Project NE as well as the HIV organisation Thrive NE. Drew is a member of the Crown Prosecution Service Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime Panel and a board member of Hidayah, an organisation which supports and campaigns for social justice for LGBT+ Muslims in the UK.