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Tackling racial inequality in universities


Leeds Beckett is set to co-host an international workshop in Brazil next year, with the aim of tackling racial inequality in universities.

Professor Shirley Tate

The workshop will be led by Shirley Anne Tate, Professor of Race and Education in the Carnegie School of Education (pictured top), and Professor Breitner Taveres at the University of Brasilia.

Taking place from 3-5 June 2019, it will bring together PhD students, and both early career and established academic researchers, in both the UK and Brazil.

Professor Tate said: “The workshop focuses on racism as a structural inequality that affects social welfare development and civil society. As part of this, we will compare the effectiveness of current approaches to racial inequality in universities.

“The workshop will help us to bring together information from both the UK and Brazil around racial equality interventions currently taking place within different universities.

“We will share knowledge on decolonisation efforts and establish new strategies within universities for building non-violence, security and a peaceful, diverse, civil society. It is timely as Brazil discusses new directions for democracy and political participation amidst protests about increasing violence and suppression.

“Another key aim of the workshop is to engage researchers in the early stages of their careers in analysis of racism and racialisation within universities and to boost their professional skills and knowledge.”

The application process for fully-funded places on the workshop for early career researchers – current PhD students, those who have graduated with a PhD in the last eight years and researchers in the first six years of their first academic appointment – will be announced in the new year.

The workshop is being supported by a grant of £48,000 from the British Council’s Researcher Links fund.

Following the workshop, a racial equality toolkit for policy makers, educators and NGOS (non-governmental organisations) will be created and shared, along with a journal, edited book and online publication of papers.

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