Equality Week 2021

Equality Week 2021: Change Makers

Monday 15 March, 2021 – Friday 19 March, 2021
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Equality Week is back! Join us for a week of free online talks and workshops that explore equality, diversity and inclusion, and how we can all be change makers at University and beyond!

Equality Week Keynote: Lord Simon Woolley

In collaboration with Bath Spa’s Black Futures programme, we are excited to be opening this year’s Equality Week with an amazing change maker! Lord Simon Woolley is a political and equalities activist, a member of the House of Lords, and the founder and director of Operation Black Vote. Simon will be discussing the theme of ‘change’.

Date: Monday 15 March, 3:00pm – 4:00pm

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Student Change-Makers: How can I make a difference?

We're joined by an exciting panel of students and alumni, as we explore what it means to be a student activist, how to make a change at university, and how getting involved in student activism can enhance the student experience and build skills for the future.

Date: Monday 15 March, 5:00 pm – 6:00pm

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University Diversity: How do we embed inclusion into Higher Education?

This workshop is led by Owen Francis, Director of Higher Education Practice at Alumni Harvey Nash. Owen will discuss his own lived experience and journey as a transgender university student from 2007 to 2011, how this lived experience has helped him in his career to inform universities on inclusive best practice, as well as provide practical advice for how universities can embed more inclusive ways of working for all staff and students.

Date: Tuesday 16 March, 1:00pm-2:30pm

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Equality Week Keynote: Sado Jirde

For our second keynote speaker of the week, we are joined by Sado Jirde, the Director of the Black South West Network (BSWN). We will be discussing the theme of creating social change for racial justice, and how to create change on an individual and institutional level. Sado has worked tirelessly to raise the profile of racial inequality at strategic and policy levels regionally and nationally, as well locally in Bristol. She was also awarded The African Achievers Award in 2015.

Date: Tuesday 16 March, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

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Bath Spa Anti-Racism Forum

Following on from our highly successful Bath Spa University Equality Forum in June, we ask you what you’d like to see change at Bath Spa University, and what you think we need to do to become a more anti-racist university.

Date: Wednesday 17 March, 5:00pm-6:30pm

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Decolonising Bath: What next?

This Q+A panel discussion, in collaboration with the University of Bath, will explore decolonising the curriculum: what decolonisation means, how we can work towards a more diverse curriculum at both Bath Spa and University of Bath, and what decolonisation could look like for Bath in the future.

Date: Thursday 18 March, 2:00pm-3:00pm

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Exploring white privilege in Higher Education

Bath Spa’s Professor of Education, Charlotte Chadderton, will be discussing the issue of white privilege within Higher Education, including what it looks like and how to challenge it.

Charlotte’s research is in the field of social justice in education with a particular focus on race (in)equality and on the way in which different kinds of inequalities are produced and reproduced in educational spaces and by educational processes, practices and discourses. Her book, 'Judith Butler, race and education' was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018.

Date: Thursday 18 March, 4:00-5:00pm

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What are we fighting for? The fight for the rights of disabled people

In the first part of a two part series, Dr Tanvir Bush and Dr Stuart Read will be discussing the journey of disabled people’s rights since the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, how far we have come, and where we still need to go.

Date: Friday 19 March, 1:00pm-2:00pm

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Is compassion the cure? Working together to achieve equality and inclusion

In the second part of this two part series, Dr Tanvir Bush and Dr Stuart Read will be leading this interactive workshop, exploring how compassion, and understanding other people’s points of view can help us all come together to support positive change at University and beyond.

Date: Friday 19 March, 3:00pm-4:00pm

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