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Critical Conversations on Racism

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The current covid-19 pandemic, and the #BlackLivesMatter movement has made visible the multiple structural inequalities faced by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities, where they have been disproportionately impacted by the virus, leading to higher rates of illness, fatalities, gender-based violence, austerity and racism. Even the solutions to tackle the pandemic penalise the BAME community who are already socio-economically disadvantaged from poor housing, residing in built up areas, precarious employment or unemployment, and now, educational outcomes, when they have no say in the decision-making processes which will impact their lives.

As part of an SFC-funded work stream, Advance HE are developing a suite of resources so that staff and students in Scottish colleges and universities have access to tools that support conversations about race and racism and whiteness. The steering group directing the project on behalf of the Scottish Funding Council was established in February 2020, formed of EDI specialists, university and college staff, students and SFC and Advance HE representatives. Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader in Early Years from the University of the West of Scotland, Khadija Mohammed is the appointed Chair.

This webinar explores the history of #BLM in the USA and UK, with the aim to provide lessons learned and insight for Scottish HE, and an opportunity to build on positive recent engagement with senior stakeholders on race in Scotland.

Find out more about the Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations project

Supported by the Scottish Funding Council


Khadija Mohammed
Senior Lecturer, University of the West of Scotland (Chair)

Khadija is a Senior Lecturer and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the School of Education and Social Sciences. Her PhD centres on race equality by exploring the lived experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic teachers in Scotland with a focus on celebrating their cultural, linguistic and religious identities. Khadija is the co-founder and Chair of SAMEE. This is a community-led organisation providing support to educators and those in support and guidance roles across the Scottish Education system – nurseries, schools, colleges and universities. Khadija received the Scottish Trade Union Congress Equality Award in 2019. Khadija is the first BAME Muslim educator to be elected as the Vice-Convenor of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS).

Khadija Mohammed

Barbara Becnel
PhD Student, University of Edinburgh

Barbara is an African American PhD student, with extensive activism in social justice issues. She has led a large non-profit social services agency in northern California. As a social justice activist, Barbara organized an international media campaign to try to prevent a judicial execution of a reformed black gang leader, who had co-authored (with her) nine award-winning anti-gang and anti-drugs books for young people. She has a great deal of expertise managing groups, seeking solutions for race-related problems, as well as generating media and public awareness for provocative issues and circumstances.

Barbara Becnel