Anti-Racism in Higher Education

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Alan Walters
Friday 21 October 2022 (11:00-12:15)
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Dr Arun Verma

Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, the higher education sector has started making bold commitments to dismantling structural racism. However, big questions remain about how higher education can combat institutional racism and achieve real change. Join Dr Arun Verma for an enlightening discussion of his recent book ‘Anti-Racism in Higher Education: An Action Guide for Change.’

Dr Arun Verma is a leading figure in implementing and integrating intersectionality in systems, policy and programmes both nationally and internationally. He is a Senior Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Academic Tutor (University of Dundee) and Fellow of the RSA. He completed his doctorate exploring intersectionality in healthcare students’ learning, retention and success. He has led the integration and embedding of intersectionality and anti-racist practice in government commissioning, national and global programmes development and education through developing and implementing intersectional and inclusive policy and praxis interventions. He has been granted a number of awards supporting and facilitating his research including the Nuffield Science Bursary, HEA Doctoral Fund and was recently nominated as Diversity and Inclusion Leader 2022 by d&i leaders. He is a Trustee for Getting on Board working to diversify governance and his edited collection ‘Anti-racism in higher education: An action guide for change’ is already influencing the debate and accelerating action for inclusion in higher education. Arun continues to challenge the higher education sector and his recent article in Times Higher Education article invites universities to ask ‘What will your anti-racist university look like?”

Open to UoB Staff and Students. Please register to book your place.

This event will enable and reconsider the role of allyship in tackling anti-Blackness in universities.

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