Diversity will mean different things to different people.
Which is why for Diversity Matters Awareness Week we’re concentrating on race matters with our theme “Let’s Talk About Race” 18th – 23rd April!
We’ve been asking University of the Arts London (UAL) students and staff what diversity means to them, and how it’s reflected in their learning environment, for a short film to be screened on the 21st April at the panel event “why does race matter in my learning environment?” Tickets available – BOOK NOW!
“We’re all unique individuals, and we all have different things to offer… Whether it’s race, ethnicity, political ideologies… It’s about being accepting of that.” Hansika, newly elected SUARTS Education Officer 2016/17
“In the ideal world people should all be able to have a reasonable slice of the cake, but in reality one knows that that’s not what’s happening… Some people seem to have a bigger slice of the cake regularly than other groups of people do…” – Lloyd Blair, co-ordinator of the Print Space at LCC
“The 1st thing diversity means to me, is it starts with you… Not those people over there or that group there… It always has to start with the individual and understanding about identities…” – Terry Finnigan, Head of Student Attainment at LCF
“(Diversity) is about being comfortable… Being comfortable about using words like BAME, Black, BME. And it’s about understanding. So if you don’t know how to use those words, it’s really your responsibility to find out – and ask some questions…” Tanicia Payne – co-Chair of GEMS (UAL Black staff network).
“Diversity for me, is central to having a succesful, creative, dynamic Education Sector and creative & Cultural industries… We need to have lots of different voices – and so for me, diversity is at the heart of who we are as people…” Professor Frances Corner – Head of College LCF and Pro-Vice Chancellor for UAL
“Very powerful word; diversity… I’ve worked in places like Ghana, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Mali, and what I try to do is bring in the information that I’ve learnt out there, within my class room…“- Jennifer Williams-Baffoe – UAL Associate Lecturer and Technology Enhancement Learning co-ordinator.
“There’s a lack of recognition where people are not being recognised for their talents, not being recognised for who they are as a person… We make the community so ‘us’ as people have to rise up…” – Vicky, LCC student
“At its simplest – a diverse university, is a better university. If we say race doesn’t matter, well – you white wash the students…” Susan Orr – Dean of Learning, Teaching & Enhancement UAL
“Also key for me is working with students as part of finding solutions to the challenges that we face, and in particular working with Black Asian and Minority Ethnic students…“- Mark Crawley – Dean of Students UAL
“To think about two people from a different background mixing together in the same university breaks barriers between each individual person… It makes them knowledgable…” – Baba, LCC student
“Having a range. That would be my definition (of diversity), because what you see is kind of like what you reflect on yourself…“- Stephanie, Spaticial Design LCC
PHOTOS AND INTERVIEWS FOR DIVERSITY MATTERS ©KAI LUTTERODT
Massive thanks to our UAL staff and student contributors to the discussion on diversity: “Let’s Talk About Race”. See the film previewed on the 21st April during Diversity Matters Awareness Week: Let’s Talk About Race” 18th – 23rd April. BOOK NOW for “Why does race matter in my learning environment?” Open to all UAL students, staff and guests.
Find out more about the ongoing #UALSoWhite Campaign calling out University of the Arts’ (UAL) lack of BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) representation and senior management positions (currently at 100% white!)
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