Successful BME women to celebrate diversity and breaking down barriers at University of Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Feb 08, 2016 01:07 PM |
Public discussion for One World Week taking place on Thursday 11 February

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 8 February 2016

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Successful local women will be leading a discussion on celebrating the achievements of women from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds and breaking down barriers during a free public event at the University of Leicester on Thursday 11 February.

The discussion, which is part of One World Week to celebrate diversity among students and staff at the University of Leicester, will see Mehmooda Duke and Rohini Corfield discussing career opportunities and the obstacles still faced in the workplace by women from BME communities.

Mehmooda Duke recently became the first female Asian president in Leicestershire Law Society's 155-year history and Rohini Corfield’s career has focused on supporting diversity, inclusion, and promoting race equality in education and in local communities.

Rohini Corfield commented: “Proof that BME women are passionate, talented and change makers is evident in their success in a variety of fields: Malala Yousafi as a global campaigner, Mishal Husain as a broadcaster, Oprah Winfrey as a business entrepreneur, Aung Jan Sui Kyi as a politician - what's stopping you?”

The event has been organised by the University of Leicester’s Students’ Union and the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE).

Professor Surinder Sharma from DICE and Honorary Visiting Fellow from the University of Leicester’s Department of Sociology said: “There is still much work to be done, in terms of convincing the media, public/private organisations, and local & national government, to take the necessary steps to listen, understand, and put the equality and diversity agenda into full action. But via the celebration of One World Week and the public discussion on 11 February we hope this will create a positive impact in the University of Leicester and in local communities and will support work on making the labour market more diverse.”  

One World Week celebrates diversity by getting people together from inside and outside the University of Leicester. Events vary from language cafés to a mehndi workshop.

The University of Leicester Students’ Union has also paired up with Starbucks and local businesses to give students the taste of another culture. Starbucks will give away assorted samples, while the Farmers’ market on campus will also offer local and international cuisines. 

Anisha Bhogaita, Widening Participation and Outreach Co-Ordinator at the University of Leicester Students’ Union said: “The DICE unit was a natural match for One World Week as it engages with local communities around key diversity and inclusion issues. Following the successful launch event we wanted to run something to inspire young people and highlight local BME achievement.  We hope it will lead some local youngsters to think about careers in the law, media and equality work.”

The lecture ‘Diversity Gains’ will take place at the University of Leicester’s Ken Edwards Lecture Theatre on Thursday 11 February between 6:00pm – 10:00pm.

You can find out more about One World Week here:

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