Celebrating ethnic diversity event to recognise University of Leicester inspirational figures

Posted by ap507 at Oct 13, 2015 12:10 PM |
Nominated BME colleagues to receive award on 16 October as part of Celebrating Black History Month event

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 13 October 2015

Photographs of the award recipients are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/jpskid3c7nce6d3/AAA7FwbPAs_jpjyuSBM3WUsra?dl=0

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) members of staff at the University of Leicester will be recognised for being nominated by their colleagues as an inspirational person in their area of work at a ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester’ event on Friday 16 October.

The event is part of Black History Month, which celebrates the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of people across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, helping to understand the present through our past.

The list of inspirational figures being recognised at the event and the award they will be presented with are:

  • Dr Saeeda Shah, School of Education - (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Professor Neil Chakraborti, Department of Criminology - (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Ather Mirza, News and Corporate Events – (Leadership Award)
  • Dr Harjinder Sembhi, Department of Physics & Astronomy - (Inspirational Person Award)
  • Cherese Lewis, Residential and Commercial Services – (Rising Star Award)

Dr Harjinder Sembhi, Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, said: “It is a great privilege to accept this award and I hope that I can be an inspiration to anyone considering a career in science but may be reluctant because of their ethnicity or cultural differences. I have been inspired by so many great mentors and colleagues and it is very encouraging to see the University invest such time and effort to positively promote equality and diversity.”

Ather Mirza, Director of the University of Leicester’s News Centre, said:It is heartening to be recognised by my colleagues for this leadership award. This is a milestone event for the University and it is a testament to the University’s commitment to championing equality that, so soon after the UN selected Leicester as a HeForShe champion for gender equality, we are showcasing the talent of BME staff on campus. We are proud to be a part of the University and to contribute to its success and achievements.”

The event titled, ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester: A Story of Staff Experiences’ will be introduced by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle and will involve a key note speech from guest speaker Dr Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith (Honorary Doctor of Laws).

During the event some nominees will give a brief talk about their career journeys.

There will also be a buffet lunch and networking opportunities, where organisations from across Leicestershire will be promoting their work relating to ethnic minority communities.

Humaa Noori, an Equalities Adviser from the University of Leicester’s Equalities Unit, said: “The key message of the event is that although we acknowledge and celebrate that we have historically come a long way towards achieving equality for ethnic minority communities, there are still significant barriers to overcome.”

‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester: A Story of Staff Experiences’ will take place on Friday 16 October between 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Charles Wilson Building, Second Floor, Belvoir Park Lounge.

Please register your interest to attend by emailing: equalities@le.ac.uk.

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Notes to Editors:

For more information about the event and Black History Month please contact the Equalities Team on equalities@le.ac.uk

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