Sam Blanckensee is the current Equality Officer in Maynooth University within the Office of the Vice President for Equality and Diversity. Their role is to advance, in an integrated manner, equality, diversity, inclusion and inter-culturalism (EDI) across the entire University community, students and staff. Through the ongoing review of universities policies, practices and procedures, he works with the Vice President for Equality and Diversity to implement the EDI strategic goal of the University, namely to build on our achievements to date and become a model University for equality, diversity, inclusion and inter-culturalism, where social justice, addressing inequality and empowering people are central to our mission. They support EDI in the University through enabling structures and by assisting with the development of appropriate behaviours and culture.
Prior to joining Maynooth University in March 2020, they held roles in the Irish Traveller Movement and Transgender Equality Network Ireland, where they developed policy, provided support and supported organisational development. Sam Blanckensee uses they or he pronouns.