For many students, myself included, there is that unexplainable love-hate relationship with Moodle; – the unavoidable “must-go-to” education system used by UAL, home to students’ timetables, course info, course work submission etc – an essential element of student course engagement.
“Diversity Matters week started as a small idea, lingering in my head for a while due to feeling under-represented when it came to addressing issues of BAME students at UAL.
Thanks to the TLE (Teaching and Learning Exchange) “Student-Staff” collaboration initiative, myself and staff collaborators; (Tanicia Payne; co-chair of GEMS, Group for Black Staff Network and Jennifer Baffoe-Williams; Associate Lecturer and Technology Enhanced Learning), I have been able to create a big impact on awareness of diversity around ‘race-matters’ through the recent Diversity Matters Awareness Week (DMAW16).
I organised five events, which took place everyday day throughout the week (18th – 22nd April) at LCC, LCF and CSM colleges. With each one focusing specifically on “race” (either through topic or engagement of BAME students) – a subject not often delved into when we talk about diversity. The success of DMAW16 is due partly to the successful “student-staff” collaboration; a compulsory element for the project to be considered for funding from UAL TLE (Teaching and Learning Exchange). Having the support of staff collaborators (Tanicia Payne and Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, as well as additional support from staff members; Tili Andoh and Aisha Richards), gave the project a wider audience and larger UAL network.” CLICK HERE to read the full blog post (for UAL student/staff log-in required).
Diversity Matters Awareness Week events:
18th April – Fred Kuwornu screening BLAXPLOITALIAN with Q&A “Diversity and the Media: The Black Presence in Contemporary Europe”
19th April – “A Face in A Foreign Space: Personal Growth From Cultural Experiences Through Travel” with presentations from Andy Ayo Akinwolere, Mariana Gordan, Paul Iwala, Kai Lutterodt, and honourary guest speaker James Barnor. Supported by UAL Culture and Travel Society
20th April – “Creating Safe Spaces for Women of Colour” facilitated by Bee Tajudeen – Black Blossoms
21st April – “Why does race matter in my learning environment?” main DMAW16 panel event with UAL/SUARTS staff and alumna: Jennifer Williams-Baffoe, George Blacklock, Tanicia Payne, Jeremy Till, Samia Malik, Bee Tajudeen and Lawrence Lartey.
22nd April – UAL Student+Alumni presentation evening and networking
Pictures courtesy of AGRUPA for Diversity Matters.
Special thanks to our UAL supporters: TLE, Diversity Team, Shades of Noir, SUARTS, LCC (SEF), UAL Comms, UAL Careers and Employability and AGRUPA. And our external collaborators: The Voice Newspaper, DPT Printing Studios, and Chipotle Mexican Grill
Please check out our follow-on events this term CLICK HERE. Thanks for all the support!
Kai – Diversity Matters founder and project organiser