Addressing Differential Outcomes for Ethnically Diverse Learners meeting

NEON Working Groups

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      2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

This working group is organised by the University of Kingston.

The meeting will be held online on Thursday 17th February from 2pm to 4pm.

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You are what you eat: food culture & enhancing belonging & engagement in HE

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.

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

2.10-3pm: Hilda Mulrooney (Kingston University London): You are what you eat: food culture & enhancing belonging & engagement in HE

Hilda is a dietitian and nutritionist with experience of working in the NHS, public health and in higher education. In her ten years at Kingston University, she has established a suite of co-curricular nutrition-related activities for students to help them demonstrate their skills and competencies. Her pedagogic interests include exploring belonging at university, and the work focused upon in the workshop, describes how she has used food to try to enhance belonging in KU staff and students.

Workshop Summary:
The Cultural Food Stories project, which was developed in the pandemic, used recipe and story sharing to enhance belonging in a diverse group of university staff and students, at the time when they were physically separated from each other (and often from their families too). We all have to eat but food choices are deeply personal, reflecting aspects such culture, religion, likes & dislikes, customs, health & wellbeing, so it is a universal lens through which to try to encourage engagement and belonging. The session will describe the project; how it was implemented, the findings and their implications. It will also describe the current phase of the ongoing research. Please come prepared to share: bring your favourite recipe with you! It would also be excellent if you could bring a food-related image with you, maybe something you have photographed with your mobile phone, that represents something important about food to you. Ideally the image should not include identifiable people – so if, for example, you wanted to represent shared eating you could show a table set for a group, or hands reaching for food, but not identifiable others.

3.00-3.10pm Break
3.10-3.30 Breakout groups
The breakout session provides colleagues with the opportunity to come together to discuss the project and how they could incorporate and develop the strategies provided at their institution. In your discussions, please consider the following topics:
• Within your own practice, how might food be potentially used to enhance belonging and address differential outcomes for ethnically diverse learners? How might it work and what would be needed? Here you may want to refer to your own food related images and share their significance to you.
• Collaborative approaches to engaging colleagues in similar work across institutions; interest in developing a network to work on these sorts of projects across diverse institutions?
• Hilda would like to collate your food-related image into a virtual gallery, which she would then share with participants. If you are happy to share your image for this purpose, then please contact Hilda on She would also like to hear from anyone who would like discuss collaboration opportunities further with her.

3.30-3.55pm: Feedback and Q&A

3.55-4pm: AOB and next meeting