Diversity Matters Awareness Week  (DMAW16) 18th – 23rd April has now ended, however we’re putting in place final touches for our follow-on events this term CLICK HERE for more! Thank you for your support and interest in our events and objectives. Please help us improve by filling out our FEEDBACK form online. CLICK HERE for DMAW16 blog post!

If you’re interested in your university participating in Diversity Matters Week 2017 or to collaborate to organise Diversity Matters Awareness Day at your institution please email Kai



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“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

In light of the demands to increase the diversity of BAME representation at UAL, we’re proud to announce a student-staff collaboration project; “Diversity Matters Awareness Week: Let’s Talk About Race” 18th -23rd April 2016. Supported by UAL (Teaching and Learning Exchange), UAL Diversity Team, GEMS, Shades of Noir and SUARTS.

From the 18th – 22nd April 2016 we will have events which focus on race matters in our learning environment, allowing 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). 

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. CLICK HERE to to book!

Tuesday 19th April

“A face in a foreign space: personal growth through cultural experiences from travels” We’re collaborating with UAL Culture and Travel Society for an evening Exploring Personal Growth From Cultural Experiences Through Travel! TV broadcaster Andy Akinwolere will open the event sharing his experience as Blue Peter’s first black male presenter. Our panel: renowned Photographer James Barnor (Ever Young), local SE London-Nigerian photographer Paul Iwala, and travel blogger Kai Lutterodt6pm – 8pm LCF (High Holborn) Followed by networking and refreshments. FREE. (UAL Culture & Travel Society) CLICK HERE to book!

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.** RSVP Bee

Thursday 21st April

Screen Shot 2016-04-02 at 01.26.01Why does race matter in my learning environment? short film screening of interviews with UAL students and staff sharing what diversity means to them and how it’s reflected in their learning environment. Panel discussion with including BAME students & staff, and representatives of UAL senior management. Followed by drinks and networking reception. FREE event. 6pm – 9pm LCF (High Holborn) G05 FREE. CLICK HERE to book!

Friday 22nd April

Where We Are Now? – Student + Alumni presentations and networking event. Present your works, sharing experience, and make new contacts for collaboration! 5.30pm – 8.30pm CSM. FREE. RSVP Kai or join the FB event page CLICK HERE!

Saturday 23rd April

Black Blossoms – A day of Radical Selfcare and Conversation on Mental Wellbeing in the Black Community.” CLICK HERE for more info

Get involved!

If you’re a student or staff at UAL (University of the Arts London) interested in submitting art work on the theme of diversity (writings and short films welcome!) why not GET INVOLVED? Contact Kai to find out more email

Support our cause!

DM mugsPre-order your Diversity Matters tote bags and mugs for collection at our events and we’ll throw in a load of complimentary items from our partners including Shades of Noir, The Voice Newspaper and Chipotle Mexican Grill! CLICK HERE to order!

We’d love to get the wider community involved in UAL Diversity Week! Support, advertise, collaborate or sponsor Diversity Matter Awareness Week 2016! Get in touch with Kai

Events open to ALL. **Safe space for self identifying students and staff

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