Our Tackling Structural Race Inequality theme is a series of activities, discussions, tools and resources to support our members in understanding and addressing structural race inequalities in all aspects of higher education. The theme is split into four strands; this webinar is part of strand one ‘Understanding structural inequality: theory, evidence, data and storytelling’
Join us for some stimulus talks, conversation and Q&A with our panel of practitioners and researchers as we explore the different ways the higher education sector, institutions and individuals are discussing and understanding structural racism.
What are the challenges and limitations of a data-drive approach? What is the power and role of story and counterstory from individuals who study and work within our structures? And, importantly, how does the way we all discuss structural inequality impact on the way we approach change and action?
Sanchia Alasia an award winning specialist in equality diversity and human resource she currently works at London Southbank University as their Head of equality, diversity and inclusion. She’s an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development and a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute. Sanchia has won numerous awards including, the Grassroots Diplomats awards in the policy driver category for her work in equality and diversity in 2014, named as one the 50 most inspirational Black women in the U.K.in Black history month in 2019 by African Glitz and outstanding woman in the public sector in the 2020 Precious awards.
Sebastian has been working within education for the past 10yrs across Widening Participation/Outreach, Schools and FE, Students’ Unions and University EDI and has been recognised multiple times for his contributions to diversity and inclusion work. He has a deep passion for people-centred work and a core belief in the notion of #EDIeveryday
Nkasi is the principle investigator for the Black Student Wellbeing study, funded by the ESRC. This qualitative study captures the life events and experiences that Black students report shape their mental health and wellbeing journeys at university; and explores how institutional and structural racism within UK higher education systems shape their mental health and wellbeing. Nkasi is also the Co-Founder of Black People Talk and Director of Black Students Talk which designs, delivers, and evaluates services and public engagement activities focused on inequalities in mental health and health services in the community, workplace, and education. She is a Diversity and Inclusion consultant supporting organisations to recognise and remove barriers for a more diverse and inclusive workplace and learning environment. She is also on the board of trustee at Its OK Charity (Charity Number: 1191780) which supports young people with mental illness through intersectional campaigning, education, and mentorship.
Susan is Senior Compliance Advisor, Race - Religion and Belief, at Cardiff University, and a published author of ‘Overcoming Everyday Racism: building resilience and wellbeing in the face of discrimination and microaggressions’ (2019). Susan’s work particularly on Cardiff’s ‘Race Equality Supervisory panel’ (RESP) was highlighted in both the EHRC 2011 report Tackling Racial Harassment: Universities Challenged and the recent guidance from Universities UK. Susan has been published in various journals and magazines including the Independent, and has worked in higher education for over twenty years