This Black History Month, we are proud to share a new series of video interviews exploring equality, diversity and inclusion in higher education through the eyes of Black male staff and students.
Produced and hosted by Nathan Ghann, EDI Associate at Advance HE and Director at The Educate Group, each episode sees Nathan joined by a guest of African-Caribbean heritage who is working to advance race equality in higher education. The interviews cover topics including decolonising the sciences, the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities, academic privilege, teaching through bias and cultural competence in student support.
Nathan said, “The events of the past year have left many staff and students of colour feeling a sense of deep racial trauma. My hope is that through an acknowledgement of structural inequalities in higher education, we can have meaningful conversations that lead to tangible action and lasting change.”
This is a thought-provoking initiative providing challenging and hopeful conversations about race equality and experience in higher education.
“At Advance HE, we are committed to delivering a programme of work over this academic year to tackle structural race inequalities. We will carry on the momentum of Black History Month by hosting this series beyond October to educate and inform the sector on the lived experience of Black people in HE.”
Gary Loke, Director of Knowledge, Innovation & Delivery at Advance HE
The first video in the series is Can we decolonise the sciences? - in conversation with Daniel Akinbosede, PhD Student and Doctoral Tutor in Biochemistry at the University of Sussex. Daniel’s area of research is antibiotic resistance and he is an anti-racist campaigner, co-founding the Sussex Race Equity Advocate Programme. He talks to Nathan about his experience of often being the only Black man in a scientific environment.
In November, look out for Dr Winston Morgan, Reader in Toxicology and Clinical Biochemistry at the University of East London on the impact of Covid-19 on BAME communities. In December, Dave S.P. Thomas from the University of Kent joins Nathan to discuss cultural competency.
Nathan Ghann is the founding director of The Educate Group, an education consultancy that partners with higher education providers to ensure students from under-represented and deprived backgrounds achieve their full potential whilst at university.
Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter (REC) aims to improve the representation, progression and success of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students within higher education. The intention to submit form for REC February 2021 is now open for Members of Advance HE with access to the Race Equality Charter. The deadline to apply is 17 December 2020. Find out more
The call for papers for our Teaching and Learning Conference 2021 is now open. The future for embedding race equality in curricula is a key theme. How are you making your teaching/curriculum anti-racist? How are you embedding learning in your discipline that helps students interrogate biases and privilege? How are you centring diverse voices/experiences in your curriculum? Find out more and submit your contribution