Why Isn’t My Lecturer Black?

Posted by rmt22 at Oct 18, 2019 09:42 AM |
On Monday 21 October from 6pm the Students’ Union are hosting a panel event focusing on the Black experience in higher education.

This flagship Black History Month event invites Black academics and students from a range of academic backgrounds from here at Leicester and elsewhere to talk about their experiences and offer useful insights.

The underrepresentation of black academics continues to be an issue with only 1.9% of black academics working within the higher education sector (Advance HE 2019). The panel debate will include both black academics and students discussing their experiences of higher education. Confirmed guests are Debra Gabriel (British Black Academics), Paul Campbell (UoL), Pelumi Obasaju (PhD Student) and Fope Olaleye (NUS Black Students’ Officer). The event will be hosted by Naomi Eyeoyibo, BAME Officer.

They will be discussing: how they got to where they are, why they chose academia, what it’s like to navigate in an inherently white space, what they hope to achieve, what advice they would give to those who come after them and what practical steps universities can take to decolonise and tackle the attainment gap.

The panel will focus on what practical steps we can take to deal with the awarding gap and how we can create an inclusive curriculum both for the arts and STEM subjects.

All staff and students are welcome to attend, especially those who have raised concerns around the practical element of all of this, particularly in STEM.

Find out more about Black History Month at Leicester here.

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