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Cultural competency, racial trauma and decolonising the curriculum

17 Dec 2020 | Nathan Ghann In the third and final episode in our video series exploring the Black male voice in HE, Nathan Ghann talks cultural competency, racial trauma and decolonising the curriculum with Dave S.P. Thomas from the University of Kent.

We are pleased to present the third episode in a series of video interviews exploring equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education through the eyes of Black male staff and students.

Originally launched during Black History Month 2020, each of the three episodes is produced and hosted by Nathan Ghann, EDI Associate at Advance HE and Director at The Educate Group, and features a guest of African-Caribbean heritage who is working to advance race equality in higher education.

In this episode, Dave S.P. Thomas from the University of Kent joins Nathan in this episode to discuss cultural competency, racial trauma and decolonising the curriculum. Dave is an Occupational Therapist and Public Health Specialist, with a remit in Social Justice. He is currently reading for a PhD in Higher Education and his research is focused on the impact of Westernised ontologies, epistemologies and pedagogy and in shaping educational trajectories, achievements and interests for racially minoritised students in higher education. Dave is a diversity and inclusion practitioner at the University of Kent where he works as a Student Success and Attainment Manager.

Watch the first video in the series Can we decolonise the sciences? - in conversation with Daniel Akinbosede, PhD Student and Doctoral Tutor in Biochemistry at the University of Sussex. 

The second episode features Dr Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of East London. Dr Morgan talks to Nathan about academic privilege, teaching through bias and the impact of Covid-19 on Black Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.


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