Diversity Matters Awareness Week

Our launch took place on the the 18th – 22nd April 2016 with events themed around race matters in our learning environment. This event allowed for 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). 

In light of the demands to increase the diversity of BAME representation at UAL, Kai Lutterodt organised a Diversity Matters student-staff collaboration project; “Diversity Matters Awareness Week: Let’s Talk About Race” supported by UAL (Teaching and Learning Exchange), UAL Diversity Team, GEMS, Shades of Noir and SUARTS.

CLICK HERE for DMAW16 blog post!

Feedback responses for #DMAW16 from UAL student’s and staff:

Would you like to see DMAW repeated at UAL? If so please state why

“It provides a space for staff and students to discuss important matters and needs to be much more than a one off”

“Enabled conversations which do not usually take place.”

“Yes, it should be a regular event every year.”

“The night was pronounced and very moving. To see staff students and Senior Management in one safe space was one of a kind. We want more of this. Open debate. Real life voices. Feelings shared. A space for the universities bodies to express their actions and hopes to improving important matters.”

*Written online feedback from attendees to “Why Does Race Matter In My Learning Environment?” DMAW16


We’re putting in place final touches for our follow-on events and Diversity Matters Awareness Week 2017! Thank you for your support and interest in our events and objectives.

We’re currently open to work with Higher Education Institutions to participate in Diversity Matters Week 2017 or to collaborate to organise Diversity Matters Awareness Day in various universities. Please email Kai for enquiries kai@diversity-matters.org.uk

#DMAW16 – Diversity Matters Awareness Week 2016



To request a Diversity Matters and Shades of Noir DMAW16 event info PDF booklet please email Kai kai@diversity-matters.org.uk

To watch “Diversity Matters: Let’s Talk About Race” pt1 video CLICK HERE and SUBSCRIBE for pt2!


“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

CLICK HERE for #DMAW16 blog post!