“We are all children of the rainbow, and the rainbow symbolises the diversity of humanity”, Professor Esben Esther Pirelli Benestad said when launching the new rainbow crossing near the main entrance of the University of Agder, Campus Kristiansand.
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The recent unveiling of a rainbow coloured pedestrian crossing drew cheers at UiA Campus Kristiansand. UiA first wanted to paint one of the pedestrian crossings near the new UiA bus stop, but the Public Roads Administration said no. Now the crossing near the flagpole in front of the main entrance has been painted, and it is therefore on Statsbygg’s property.
UiA’s former rector, Frank Reichert, is the initiator – and he was very pleased to see the crossing installed.
“This is an exciting day for me, and I thank everyone who helped realise this. At UiA we are proud of diversity, variety, creativity and community. Everyone is important and must be included, life is colourful and multi-facetted”, Reichert said in his remarks at the opening.
Pirelli Benestad is professor of sexology at UiA and was the one to cut the ribbon at the opening.
“I am so pleased to take part in this launch, so feel pride when you walk across this crossing”, Pirelli Benestad said.
Later, everyone got to use the crossing, and first went Reichert and Pirelli Benestad, together with the new UiA Rector Sunniva Whittaker, and the University Director Seunn Smith-Tønnessen.