We hope that you all had a restful break at the end of term. Ramadan Mubarak to all our colleagues observing this month.
This month's newsletter is a whistlestop tour through a few things we'd like to bring to your attention.
Firstly: our EDI website is now live! In it you'll find resources, events, feedback on our draft strategy, and more. We're continuing to build it up, so if there are things you'd like to see on it, let us know.
Read on to find out about our second EDI Brown Bag seminar next week, our new series of discussion panels on race, an opportunity for LGBTQ+ staff, and a new EDI-related role in the School of Management.
EDI Brown Bag series continues next week!
Our EDI Brown Bag seminar series started off with a bang last term -- many thanks both to Felix Danbold (UCL Engineering School of Management) for an interesting talk and to attendees for their incisive questions!
We continue on 21 April, 12:00-13:00, with Clarissa Cortland (UCL Engineering School of Management), whose talk is entitled: Leveraging Social Identities for Change: Research Insights in How to Increase Support for Diversity. How can we motivate support for diversity in our organisations and workplaces? In this talk, she'll present some of her work investigating the social psychological processes around social identity and stereotyping, and how this can help to improve diversity and inclusion in organisational settings.
Race at the Intersection is a new series of discussion panels created by UCL Engineering's Chika Nweke and Mike Sulu. This series hopes to introduce our audience to how the impact of gender, sexual orientation, disability and socioeconomic background is magnified when one identifies as a Black and Ethnic minority individual.
We are fortunate to be joined by guest speakers from an array of cultural backgrounds who identify with one or more of the protected characteristics to hear their experiences on how their education and career in Engineering has been shaped. Further details will be advertised within the coming weeks.
The first session, on gender and race, takes place on 5 May, 1-2pm, with chair Chika Nweke and speakers Yewande Akinola, Candice Majewski, and Mike Sulu.
As part of our work to make UCL Engineering more inclusive and to incorporate the voices of those from marginalised groups in so doing, we're setting up a staff LGBTQ+ advisory group.
We anticipate this group meeting once a term to discuss the needs of our LGBTQ+ community and set plans in motion to better support them. What this looks like will depend on the feedback from the group and other LGBTQ+ staff members.
Are you LGBTQ+ and interested in feeding into this work? Contact Johanna Novales.
This is an exciting opportunity to join the UCL School of Management in the newly created role of Accreditation and Diversity Coordinator. The post holder will be responsible for supporting and promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) initiatives within the School and for coordinating the School’s efforts to achieve and maintain business school accreditations (e.g. AACSB, AMBA, EQUIS).
The deadline for applying for this grade 7, permanent post is 20 April. Please share with colleagues who might be a good fit!