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12 Jun 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 30

Jun 12

Diversity Lens - Issue 30

Diversity Lens


For 30 weeks now we have been bringing a wide range of diverse news stories and team updates to your inbox! What else do you want to see us cover? What could we do better? We would love to hear any and all thoughts you may have, please email us at info@bamerecruitment.com

In a rush? Our stories this week cover two campaigns gaining momentum by the Black Lives Matter movement: reform for school curriculum and an urgent call to address BAME deaths. Beyonce addresses the class of 2020 and Trevor Noah addresses his audience, both urging change. Twitter sparks debate with Daniel Radcliffe defending the trans community, and authors revealing the race pay gap. Keep reading for the latest diversity and inclusion news.
 
Latest News

Calls grow for black history to be taught to all English school pupils
An open letter from campaigners calls for a review of the national curriculum to address the serious lack of black history taught in schools. The campaign is led by a group called the Black Curriculum who have requested a meeting with the education secretary: “our curriculum should not be reinforcing the message that a sizeable part of the British population are not valued.”

Read time: 5 minutes


Beyonce speaks out against racism and sexism in graduation speech
Beyonce participated in a virtual graduation ceremony for the classes of 2020 and thanked graduates for “using their collective voice” to fight for the Black Lives Matter movement. Watch her powerful video address below, it might be the inspiration you need today.

Watch time: 10 minutes
Beyonce addresses the class of 2020 virtually.

BAME medical groups write to health secretary demanding urgent action to safeguard them from further coronavirus deaths
The ‘Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19’ report was released last week, confirming that BAME individuals are up to twice as likely to die if they contract coronavirus, compared to their white counterparts. 30 BAME medical groups address the Prime Minister, Health Secretary and a number of other senior government officials, expressing both their discontent with the government handling of the review and guidance on how to reform and move forward from this. Click in the image below to read the open letter.

Read time: 4 minutes



Daniel Radcliffe responds to J. K. Rowling tweets on gender identity
We were disappointed once again to see Rowling's latest tweets that questioned the validity of transgender identity, but we were uplifted to see Radcliffe's powerful response. Radcliffe expresses his unwavering support for transgender and non-binary communities. He apologises on behalf of Rowling for her hurtful comments that have tarnished the Harry Potter series for many. Click in the image of Daniel to read his full statement.

Read time: 2 minutes
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

BAME Recruitment's conversation with Everymind
Everymind is on a mission to normalise mental health conversations in the workplace. On Monday, our team gathered virtually to listen to founder Paul McGregor who spoke to us from his son's bedroom. Click our faces below to check out the Everymind story yourself.




#Publishingpaidme: authors share advances to expose racial disparities
Authors, from Roxane Gay to Matt Haig, are revealing the sum of their book deals to expose unjust pay gaps. The results showed huge disparities between black and white writers. Roxanne Gay writes, “this is why all those corporate statements about diversity are nonsense”. Click the picture below to read the full story.

Read time: 3.5 minutes
 
Story of the Week

How to Feed Crowds in a Protest or Pandemic? The Sikhs Know
There is a Sikh faith tradition of feeding anyone in need. The Sikh Center of New York or ‘gurdwara’ has taken this duty very seriously at this time, opening their doors to serve more than 145,000 free meals in just the past two months. They have fed hospital workers, people in poverty and Black Lives Matter protestors. While soup kitchens have been struggling to keep up with demand amid Covid-19, gurwaras are in a unique position to fulfil this need. Read more about this incredible community mission, click the picture below.

Read time: 11.5 minutes
 
Featured Video

Dr Steven Jones talks about 'seeing in 3D' via adopting an inclusive mindset. He discusses how similarity equals safety to our brain, and difference equals a potential threat, sparking unconscious biases.

Watch time: 28 minutes
How to Become an Inclusive Leader by Dr Steven Jones
 

Inspirational Person of the Week

Trevor Noah is a comedian and host of The Daily Show, an American satirical news program. He is also an active political commentator and has been speaking out most recently on the Black Lives Matter movement. The Daily Show has recently returned to screens and he addresses one audience question in the video below with calm intellect and clarity.

Watch time: 4 minutes

Trevor Noah breaks down the meaning behind reparations and white privilege

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