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Challenging privilege, navigating intersectionality

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Grow your skills
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
Event Type
Virtual Workshop
Start Date
End Date
Two half-day modules (17 June and 1 July, 09:30-13:00)
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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The events of Covid-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter civil protests, global climate emergency, acts of sex and gender-based violence, to name just a few, have highlighted the need to understand issues of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in a more holistic way. In the higher education sector this has had profound influence on learning, teaching and assessment practices, as well as representation in leadership positions, how institutions are lead and governed. Inquisitions into the nature of equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as how these aspects are enacted across the education sector have been central to many debates. While this has moved the conversations forward in many areas, it has also created a need to understand and further interrogate our personal and professional relationships with these topics. This two-module workshop will introduce the latest insights and learning for the sector for challenging privilege and navigating intersectionality.

Programme aims

Advance HE’s EDI awareness workshop is designed to provide participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to adopt an intersectional approach to understanding and dealing effectively with a range of equality and diversity issues in the workplace.

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

  • Conceptualising unearned privilege and power in higher education
  • Dismantling unearned privilege, promoting advantage: Towards structural transformation and improved interactional relations
  • Privilege, Power and the Bystander Effect
  • Intersectionality: Roots and branches
  • Understanding sector challenges through an intersectional lens
  • Towards transformational action: Challenging privilege and navigating intersectionality

Learning outcomes

On completion of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of how majority group privilege reinforces structural and transactional inequalities.
  • Reflect upon their own relationship with privilege and how it impacts upon their role as educators, leaders and/or managers.
  • Demonstrate practical understandings of how to adopt an intersectional approach to improving appreciation of staff and students’ experiences
  • Evidence increased personal and collective readiness to engage with the challenges to inclusive culture in order to identify and to develop appropriate and effective actions that promote belonging and inclusion for all students and staff.

Who should attend?

This workshop will appeal to a wide range of audiences within the sector. In particular, anyone involved in teaching and/or management, interested in improving inclusivity of their practice. 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 Dave S.P. Thomas (SFHEA)

Senior Adviser EDI
Advance HE
Dave Thomas
Dr. Dave S.P. Thomas is a Senior Advisor at Advance HE and a specialist in Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Inclusive Leadership. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), with over two decades of experience in management, teaching and research in the educational sector as well as private and public sector organizations globally.

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