What are young people’s perspectives on Leicester as a multicultural city?

Posted by pt91 at Nov 05, 2012 11:37 AM |
University of Leicester event on 7 November will produce a ‘Youth Manifesto’ for a successful multicultural city

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 5 November 2012

‘Our Leicester’

1.15pm to 4pm on Wednesday7 November

Attenborough in Lecture Theatre 1, University Road, Leicester

Young people in Leicester will explore their experiences of multiculturalism and its challenges at a University of Leicester social sciences event.

‘Our Leicester’: Understanding a Multicultural City will feature a series of workshops and an instant survey. The participating young people will put together a Youth Manifesto for a successful multicultural city that will be presented to the deputy city mayor, councillor Rory Palmer.

The event aims to include 100 young people from local sixth-form colleges which are part of the Realising Opportunities network for widening participation.

Workshops will include: Addressing Hate Crime; Racism & Prejudice in Sport; the 2011 Riots; Welcoming New Communities; and Faith & Identity in the City.

BBC Radio Leicester’s Jim Davis will be participating in the event.

The event was organised by Dr Marc Scully, a Research Associate on the University’s Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain programme, along with Dr Leah Bassel and John Williams of the University’s Department of Sociology.

It is supported by the University’s interdisciplinary Leicester Migration Network.

The event is part of the Festival of Social Science, run by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The festival runs from November 3 to 10.

‘Our Leicester’ will be held from 1.15pm to 4pm on Wednesday, November 7 at the Attenborough in Lecture Theatre 1, University Road, Leicester.

Dr Leah Bassel said: “With this event we aim to engage directly with local young people's own experiences of growing up in Leicester.  The interactive sessions will involve students as active participants who will use social science tools to think critically about what multiculturalism means in Leicester and in their daily lives. 

“The Youth Manifesto that they will produce at the end of the day will give them the opportunity to have their say and identify the challenges they think the city needs to address.”

Leicester Deputy City Mayor Cllr Rory Palmer said: "I am very much looking forward to hearing what young people in Leicester have to say on these important issues."


Notes to Editors: Further details are available from Dr Marc Scully, a Research Associate on the University’s Impact of Diasporas on the Making of Britain programme, on 0116 252 2857 or at: ms627@le.ac.uk

More information about the Leicester Migration Network can be found at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/projects/migration-research-group

More information about the Realising Opportunities network can be found at: http://www.realisingopportunities.ac.uk/about/

The Festival of Social Science is run by the Economic and Social Research Council and takes place from 3-10 November 2012. With events from some of the country's leading social scientists, the Festival celebrates the very best of British social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future. This year’s Festival of Social Science has over 180 creative and exciting events across the UK to encourage businesses, charities, government agencies, schools and college students to discuss, discover and debate topical social science issues. Press releases detailing some of the varied events and a full list of the programme are available at the Festival website. You can now follow updates from the Festival on twitter using #esrcfestival.

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