Addressing Differential Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Learners Meeting

NEON Working Groups

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      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This working group serves to provide a space for addressing the challenges of establishing better outcomes for ethnically diverse learners in Higher Education, and will be exploring innovative approaches to developing good practice in this area by way of practical discussions, research/case study analysis, and peer support.

This working group is organised by the University of Kingston.

The meeting will be held online on Thursday 24th June from 2pm to 4pm.

Please register to receive the log in details and to be able to access the meeting.

Integrating Intersectional Action for Change

2.00-2.10 Welcome and Introductions (Karen Lipsedge, Kingston University, Chair)

2.10-3pm: Integrating intersectional action for change: An exercise in journey mapping.

Dr Arun Verma is the current Head of the Race Equality Charter for Advance HE. After completing his doctorate in intersectionality in the context of professional education, he went on to embed, design and integrate intersectionality and anti-racism in the heart of policy, praxis, research and evaluation in higher education, government and the third sector on both national and global scales.

Integrating intersectionality to inform action requires a clear understanding of its meaning and history. Whilst many articles refer to debating intersectionality into different areas of knowledge, the purpose of utilising this metaphor or prism, is to support the development of inclusive interventions that sustain changes that help to advance equalities. However, issues and challenges arise when we explore the translation of this metaphor into action.
This session considers how we embed intersectionality to dismantle individual and community inequalities through the higher education system. We explore, what areas can we apply intersectional thinking into the developing actions that dismantle racial inequality and anti-blackness? The session also explores the ways in which intersectional action is enacted, and demonstrates the impact integrating intersectionality into developing interventions can have to advancing equalities with intersectionality as the central tenet.

3.00-3.10pm Break 

3.10-3.35 Breakout groups

The breakout session provides colleagues with the opportunity to come together to discuss how intersectionality at their institutions to dismantle individual and community journeys through the higher education system, focusing on the questions below. Please select one member of your group to feedback key points covered in your discussions;

  • Thinking about the journey of a student and/or staff, what areas do you think we apply intersectional action to dismantle racial inequality and anti-blackness?
  • How might the experience and outcomes for an individual/community change when we integrate intersectionality at key point of the student and/or staff journey?
  • What barriers would we face embedding such interventions into the student and/or staff journey??

3.30-3.55pm: Feedback and Q&A

3.55-4pm: AOB and next meeting