#TheDWord addressing diversity in the Work place, ThoughtWorks Soho

The first Diversity Matters 'The D-Word' session took place at ThoughtWorks earlier this week offering an opportunity to address race-related issues in a safe space for open and honest critical discussion. Participants from diverse backgrounds in various HR roles, creatives, students and recent graduates all with a common goal of addressing the necessity of diversity … Continue reading #TheDWord addressing diversity in the Work place, ThoughtWorks Soho

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Catwalk To Freedom empowers South Sudanese girls

"A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else." Mahtab Narsimhan... Education is one of the most vital gifts anyone can receive. Catwalk To Freedom recently sponsored 5 South Sudanese girls from Kakuma Refugee camp in Northern Kenya into full-time education/vocational training in Kitale. We documented their journey as part of Diversity … Continue reading Catwalk To Freedom empowers South Sudanese girls

Connect – Collaborate – Share: Highlights from ECU Conference 2016

The ECU (Equality Challenge Unit) national conference 2016 took place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on the 29th and 30th November. The art-decor style building exterior lead into a vibrant modern interior which doubles as part of Nottingham Trent University, making it an ideal setting for discussing issues relating to Higher Education. Professor Janet Beer, Chair, … Continue reading Connect – Collaborate – Share: Highlights from ECU Conference 2016

“Let’s Talk About Race” dissertation submission!

"The paradox of education is precisely this - that as one begins to become conscious one begins to examine the society in which he is being educated." James Baldwin, A Talk to Teachers 1963 Yesterday signified a heroic day. I submitted by dissertation, which marks end of my studenthood at University of the Arts London … Continue reading “Let’s Talk About Race” dissertation submission!

Diversity Matters Beyond Black History Month: Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate on his great-grand uncle the late Emperor Haile Selassie I

It's not often that you're given an opportunity to meet royalty. So when that opportunity came through the likes of a book signing at Waterstones earlier this year, I took the opportunity to not just meet Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate, the great-nephew of the late Emperor Haile Selassie I, and have my copy of his book signed, but … Continue reading Diversity Matters Beyond Black History Month: Prince Asfa-Wossen Asserate on his great-grand uncle the late Emperor Haile Selassie I

IDPAD Ghana: raising awareness of International Decade For People Of African Descent

October has indeed been an eventfull one, as can be expected with it being Black History Month in the UK. However events of the month also took me to Ghana where I had the honour of attending and supporting BTWSC/African Histories Revisited seminar held on the 14th October 2016, at the Ghana Institute Of Journalism … Continue reading IDPAD Ghana: raising awareness of International Decade For People Of African Descent

Working Through the Gaps – A Discussion on Attainment at UAL

Did you know that Black students & International students at UAL (University of the Arts London) are 20% less likely to graduate with 1st or 2.1? That only 47% of International students graduate with a 1st or 2.1? Join Arts SU: UAL's Students' Union for a discussion on Working Through the Gaps - A discussion … Continue reading Working Through the Gaps – A Discussion on Attainment at UAL

#DMSpotlight: African Migration Exhibition curated by UAL Fine Art Student

Black History Month is an opportunity to highlight the history and contributions of African and African diaspora communities and individuals both past and present. Educational spaces have a history of producing grassroots campaigns in the discourse of representation. We caught up with Gabriel Choto, BA Fine Art student student using the facilities of his art school to … Continue reading #DMSpotlight: African Migration Exhibition curated by UAL Fine Art Student

#ByYourSide: Diversity Matters LGBTQ workshop calls for allyship to the Black struggle

Earlier this week we hosted an audience participatory art workshop to support LGBT charity Stonewall for their Stonewall Season exhibition next month. The workshop held at University of the Arts London (UAL), was facilitated by Black, transfemme performance artist and writer Travis Alabanza. "Instead of presenting a thing where maybe Black folk are expected to have this … Continue reading #ByYourSide: Diversity Matters LGBTQ workshop calls for allyship to the Black struggle

Diversity Matters Spotlight: Black, Queer and Gifted – Travis Alabanza

In June we invited Travis to perform at the private view of our Diversity Matters Exhibit which showcased over 10 artists works themed on diversity and race matters. And to continue the relationship established, they'll be facilitating our Stonewall art participatory workshop exploring the theme #ByYourSide this coming Black History Month.CLICK HERE the blog post. Travis … Continue reading Diversity Matters Spotlight: Black, Queer and Gifted – Travis Alabanza