Racism in Education Panel Discussion

Organizers: BUCU and Black Voices

Wednesday 24 November


Please join us for this event where we discuss issues of systemic racism in higher education and how we can address this. This is a widely advertised event – we welcome all attendees and will have plenty of opportunity for contributions and discussion.

Ahead of the upcoming strike days, one of the issues for which is equalities, we welcome this opportunity to focus on the question of racism in higher education.

Panelists and event agenda:

1300 introductions

1305 Sarah Gillborn (University of Birmingham)

1325 Sanaz Raji (UnisResis Border Controls)

1340 Amira Campbell (Black Voices)

1355 Dharminder Singh Chuhan (Black Members Network)

1410 Q&A from audience

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Sarah Gillborn (University of Birmingham) is a critical psychologist in the School of Education and a member of the Centre for Research in Race and Education at the University of Birmingham. In particular, her research takes a critical look at the knowledge produced in psychology, how it functions to maintain the status quo, and how this feeds into institutional racism in professional practice informed by such knowledge. It is these issues that Sarah will address at the event.

Sanaz Raji (UnisResist Border Controls) is an independent scholar and activist, campaigning for problems steaming from neoliberal higher education, structural racism and xenophobia, migrant rights, and the culture of surveillance. She is the founder of Unis Resist Border Controls, a national campaign launched in March 2016 that works to end the hostile environment and border controls in UK higher education. Sanaz is a published author and writer in the field of Iranian diaspora studies, migration policy, critical race studies and social media. Her work has been featured in The Guardian, Red Pepper Magazine, and academic journals and edited books.

Amira Campbell (she/her, Black Voices) is a full-time student at the UoB and an active lead member of the student campaign Black Voices, that works to improve the black student experience at the UoB. The campaign has a particular focus on NSS data response, Black Mental Health and decolonisation of the curriculum. In her first year she was the Black Student delegate at the NUS Liberation conference. She will aid to express the perspective of black students on this panel, and she has a particular interest in the proportions of black students progressing into postgraduate education and the barriers faced by those students.

Dharminder Singh Chuhan (Sandwell College, UCU Black Members Network) has been actively involved in ant-racist campaigning, in addition to work on anti-casualization, equality, and other issues. He is also the former chair of the West Midlands Black Members Network (BMN). He will talk about the work of the UCU BMN and about racism in (further) education.

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