We’re super excited to be organising our first ever “Diversity Awareness Week” in collaboration with UAL (Teaching and Learning Exchange), GEMS, Shades of Noire and SUARTS. This UAL student-staff collaboration project is to highlight and promote diversity (race, equality and inclusion) at University of the Arts London.
Diversity Matters Awareness Week theme is “Let’s Talk About Race” which will allow discussion on the low percentage of BAME staff in academic positions and senior management which is having a direct impact on the attainment and retainment of BAME (Black and Ethnic Minority) and International Students (see UAL’s and Diversity Report 2015).
Monday 18th April
“Diversity and the Media: The Black Presence In Contemporary European Societies – with Fred Kuwornu” Join us for an evening with Ghanaian-Italian filmmaker, producer, writer and activist Fred Kuwornu (Inside Baffalo, 18 IUS SOLI) screening exclusive extracts of his latest film “BLAXPLOITALIAN: 100 Years of Blackness in Italian Cinema” to aid the discussion on Diversity and the Media in relation to the black presence in contemporary European societies.
Q&A followed by networking drinks reception. 17.30 – 8.30pm Lecture Theatre C, London College of Communication
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Tuesday 19th April
“A face in a foreign space: personal growth from cultural experiences and travels“- LCC Officer, Kai Lutterodt speaks of her experiences as an avid traveller, being a face in a “foreign space”, making space for #ourstories to be told (the black experience) through social media (blogging, YouTube, Twitter etc), plus sharing insightful tips for travelling on a student budget! 6pm – 8pm LCF (High Holborn) G05 with networking and refreshments. FREE. (UAL Culture & Travel Society)
Wednesday 20th April
“Creating safe spaces for Black Women” Black Blossoms founder and SUARTS Education Officer Bee, offers a workshop for women who self-identify as black. Learn how to be heard in environments where your voice is often overshadowed.**
Thursday 21st April
“Why does race matter in my learning environment?” short film screening, panel discussionand art exhibition launch. Followed by drinks and networking reception. FREE event. 6pm – 9pmLCF (High Holborn) G05 FREE
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Friday 22nd April
“Mental Health and Me” a safe space for students and staff to discuss mental health, with tips on finding support. 5.30pm – 8.30pm CSM. FREE
Saturday 23rd April
“Black Blossoms – A day of Radical Conversation and Mental Wellbeing in the Black Community”
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Diversity Matters Awareness Week will consist of panel events, film screenings, a pop-up art exhibition and workshops on diversity and cultural inclusion (workshops facilitated by Black Blossoms and UAL Culture & Travel Society)
OPEN CALL for art work!
We’re putting out an open call for students and staff at UAL to submit art work (including short film and written work) relating to the theme of diversity. Open to current students, staff and alumni of UAL. Contact Kai for more info firstname.lastname@example.org
We welcome participation from the wider community! If you’d like to get involved in some way or another, please CONTACT US!