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Equality, Diversity & Inclusion


One Vision: Collectively Dismantling Racism in Higher Education

This year’s Annual Race Equality Lecture was delivered by Dr Jason Arday (Durham University),

who was then in conversation with Dr Tyler Denmead and Tyra Amofah-Akardom (University of Cambridge)

Hosted by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Stephen Toope


"The cyclical nature of racism means it is enduring and omnipresent. 

It is interwoven in our institutionally racist fabric and throughout the Academy. The events of the last few months reflect a seminal moment in race relations history which has provided a collective moment of reflection, resulting in a challenging of whiteness and the power and privilege that accompanies this at the expense of Black and minority ethnic communities throughout society’s major institutions." Dr Jason Arday 

In the wake of recent events, this Annual Race Equality Lecture emphasises the importance of collective endeavour in attempting to sustain penetrative change. This Lecture will also examine the evolving and continuing reconceptualisation of White allyship and the importance of actively disrupting racism. 

Considerations will explore how we as a sector may improve to develop impactful university race equality interventions.

Watch the recorded event here 


Dr Jason Arday is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, an Adjunct Professor at Nelson Mandela University in the Centre for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Think-tank. Jason is also a Trustee of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). He sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and is a School Governor at Shaftesbury Park Primary School in London.

Dr Tyler Denmead teaches in the Faculty of Education and Queens' College at the University of Cambridge. Recent publications include The Creative Underclass: Youth, Race, and the Gentrifying City (Duke University Press, 2019); "Forget This Commentary Too: Cultivating an Anti-Possessive, Non-Essentialist, and Anti-Edgy Approach to Art Education Scholarship” (Studies in Art Education, 2020), and "White Warnings" (Journal of Cultural Research in Art Education, 2019). 

Tyra Amofah-Akardom is a third year Education student at Fitzwilliam College. She was one of the Education Officers for the CUSU BME Campaign and the CUSU Welfare and Rights Part-Time Executive in 2019-2020. Tyra was also involved in the Black British Students' stream of the Access and Participation Plan: Participatory Action Research project, where she and her team proposed the idea of having a Black Student Advisory Hub at Cambridge. This project had a consequent scoping project which Tyra was also a part of.

Wednesday, 7 October, 2020 - 17:00 to 18:30
Event location: 
Zoom Video Conferencing