Representation Matters project is a joint research effort between ourselves, Goldsmiths, and Central Lancashire
Professor Vini Lander
Vini Lander is Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie School of Education at Leeds Beckett University. She is Director of the Centre for Race, Education and Decoloniality. This is a research and practice centre. In collaboration with academic and educational professionals the Centre aims to challenge everyday racism and structural race inequalities in education and beyond through research, evidence-based practice and professional development.
Professor Lander has been invited to be a keynote and guest speaker for universities in the UK and abroad, the NHS, postgraduate medical trainers, multi-academy trusts and schools.
Shabnam is passionate about authenticity, equity, and empowerment. She’s been in primary education for over 20 years, serving diverse communities as a class teacher, SENDCo, Head Teacher, Governor, Trustee and now as Lecturer in Primary ITE at Leeds Beckett University. She specialises in Race and Education as well as Inclusion and Gender.
Having led primary schools across the North East and in Lancashire, Shabnam became an independent education consultant and runs DewDrop Education to share her expertise and support schools.
She regularly runs training for Forum Business Media on race and inclusion. Shabnam is a member of Disability Ed UK and is a founder member of BAME Ed North West, two organisations that seek to support educators from diverse backgrounds. She is undertaking the MA in Race, Education and Decoloniality as part of her own continuing professional development.