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Allyship and the anti-racist campus 2

Online: Zoom
County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
All categories
Fellowship Category
Event Type
Virtual Workshop
Start Date
End Date
Two Half Day Modules
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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Despite the best efforts of allyship movements over the past decade, issues around equity – particularly racial equity on campuses persist. Further, many universities are now engaging in conversations about racial justice, diversity, equity and inclusion; and some (cl)aim to be ‘anti-racist’; while this is promising, the evidence of this vision is often hazy. What therefore is an anti-racist campus and how do we get there? Is ‘allyship’ part of the problem – or an integral part of the solution? In seeking to respond to these questions, this session uses allyship as a starting point to action; and proposes that for lasting change to take place in race equity, stakeholders must move beyond a general understanding of allyship to understanding this within the context of race. We aim therefore to provide a space to deepen our understanding of allyship so that these conversations can be turned into action.

Programme content

The blended module involves two half day virtual workshops with circa one hour of independent reflection and reading. The content will include:

  • Reframing diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Allyship and beyond
  • Developing a vision for an anti-racist campus
  • Barriers and enablers to the vision
  • The use of language within conversations about equity.

Learning outcomes

On completion, participants should be able to:

  • To redefine and develop a shared understanding of foundational terms
  • To operationalise the concept of an ‘anti-racist’ campus
  • To develop a literacy around race to enhance
  • To revisit the notion of ‘allyship’
  • To identify race equity detours and discuss practical ways to overcome them

Who should attend?

The programme moves from simple to complex and should therefore appeal to a range of audiences within the sector; whether professional services, new to academia, senior academic staff, or those in leadership roles. While this session will primarily reflect on the EDI landscape of the UK higher education sector, there will be underlying issues and approaches that will be of interest to our global members.

Who is delivering the course?

Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred

Lead Consultant, EDI
Advance HE
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred is a Lead Consultant, EDI at Advance HE. A Senior Fellow, Lindy-Ann brings over three decades of experience in a range of education sectors both nationally and internationally.