Hi, I'm Martha, and I’m a project portfolio manager in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics. As a wheelchair user, I have had a long history of engagement with Disability rights, but coming to Oxford as a graduate student in 2012 opened my eyes to the challenges which can be faced by my LGBTQAI+ friends and colleagues. I find it saddening that whilst University is a time that many people feel comfortable exploring their identity, including gender identity and sexuality, there is often a reluctance to carry this openness into the workplace.
I want to help to create an environment where everyone is free to be themselves, and I believe that freedom of expression is not just something which should occur outside of the office. As a white cishet woman, I recognise that I have inherent privileges, and that disclosure can be a tricky area, but I hope that I can support my LGBTQIA+ colleagues with appropriate signposting, and I am always available for a chat over a cup of tea.