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07 Aug 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 38

Aug 7

Diversity Lens - Issue 38

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week we look at how to be an ally to Jewish people, and the TikTok star educating viewers on disability; the importance of mental health awareness in football, and support for neurodivergent staff in the workplace. We promote a new show with a frank discussion on growing up with racism, and spotlight an incredible young activist. Scroll down to check out our inspirational person of the week, and a list of our live job vacancies.
 
Latest News
As a footballer, I felt like I had to ‘man up’ instead of talking about my mental health
Tony Adams, football manager and former player recalls his time in the industry; when no one showed any vulnerability, and mental health would never be discussed. However, this is changing. The FA cup final last week was dedicated to the topic of mental health, and the ‘Mentally Healthy Football’ declaration has been signed, pledging to prioritise mental wellbeing in the sport. Adams describes how this change in the football industry feeds into a much larger cultural change. Read more about his experiences with mental health by clicking his image below.


TikTok disability educator goes viral
India Atkinson has Symbrachydactyly - a condition meaning she was born without any fingers on her left hand. She has become viral on TikTok with her videos that educate people on her disability, and the wider community of people living with disabilities. India wants to challenge the stigma attached to disabilities by being so open and visible with her own. She aims to educate with frank conversations, and often humour. Hear from India herself by clicking the photo below.




How to fight anti-semitism and be an ally to Jewish people
Wiley’s recent anti-semitic tirade on social media has opened many of our eyes to the discrimination against Jewish people in the UK that still occurs today. The Jewish community and allies have been spreading educational resources advising on how to spot anti-semitism in our society and how you can best act as an ally to the community. Begin with educating yourself and not denying the existence of anti-semitism, not perpetuating harmful stereotypes, but amplifying Jewish voices. Learn more by clicking the image below.

 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

How The UK Is Failing Ethnic Minority Entrepreneurs
Small businesses run by people from an ethnic minority face barriers that other entrepreneurs do not. The Federation of Small Businesses warn that these problems, such as difficulty accessing funding, are slowing the growth of innovative new businesses. They are calling for a targeted scheme to help BAME entrepreneurs, to support with finance, and identify other key areas where support is needed and currently lacking.Read time: 2.5 minutes




Supporting neurodivergent staff in the post-lockdown workplace
Now is the time to mould your workplace culture into the most welcoming and inclusive space possible, to re-evaluate the working model and how it may prioritise or exclude certain groups of our society. Neurodivergent people are shown to be more productive and more comfortable when not inclosed in an office. Many factors of typical office working may have a detrimental effect on neurodivergent people, causing a sensory overload, social overwhelm and a negative mental health impact. Increased effort must go into accomodating working preferences and not sticking by a one-size-fits-all approach. An open dialogue with staff is key to the success of your adjustments, often small shifts make the biggest impact.

 
Story of the Week

Channel 4’s The Talk explores how parents prepare their children for racism
In this new Channel 4 show, well-known British figures discuss ‘the talk’ on racism between children and parents, a crucial stage of development completely alien to white people. Featuring celebrities such as actor Lennie James and dancer Ashley Banjo, they discuss their thoughts on ‘the talk’ as both children and now as adults, and the experiences that warranted the need for such a frank discussion of their skin colour at that age. “I have to teach my son how to live in a racist society”, journalist Gary Younge puts it bluntly. Catch up on Channel 4 now.

 
Featured Video

Creating social change with Brittle Bones
Umi Asaka studies social work in New Zealand, moving from Japan when she was 15. She wants to improve the rights of society’s most vulnerable. Umi, as someone living with a disability, being Asian, female and young, has firsthand experience of her voice not being heard. The support she has received and the opportunities she has fought for inspires her to create change for others. Watch her truly inspiring story below.
 
 
Inspirational Person of the Week

Drag queen Kyne Santos uses her love of math and TikTok to fight racism
Kyne Santos is a Filipino Canadian drag queen who uses her TikTok platform to educate whilst in full drag costume. Rising to fame from the reality competition Canada's Drag Race, Santos normally uses her platform to discuss beauty and fashion, but recently shifted to maths. To her 700,000 followers, she explains mathematical topics from prime numbers to math riddles, often relating the subject to real life circumstances, such as Covid-19 statistics. Addressing the stereotype of Asian people being good at maths, Santos says that being a drag queen who loves math shows that the Asian community is not a monolith.

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