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16 Oct 2020

Diversity Lens - Issue 48

Oct 16

Diversity Lens - Issue 48

Diversity Lens

In a rush? This week we highlight the LGBTQ+ museum calling for stories to archive, and the Black Girls Hike community encouraging more people of colour outdoors. We look at advice to combat ageism and a music video to break down disability stigma. Read up on the current mental health pandemic and the filmmaker educating the UK on Black British history. Scroll down for more D&I news and job vacancies.
 
Latest NewsDiversity Outdoors - Mya-Rose Craig
Listen to 18 year old Mya-Rose Craig, aka Birdgirl, talk with BBC Radio 4 about her community of women, Black Girls Hike. Craig founded the group a year ago with the aim to bring Black women together to "enjoy the tranquillity of rural areas". Craig is a keen bird watcher and has travelled the globe to track down different breeds. As a British Bangladeshi, she has found that on her travels around forests, fens, mountains and other rural landscapes in the UK, very few people look like her. She wants to encourage more people of colour to experience the outdoors - in this conversation, she discusses the barriers and damaging stereotypes with Rhiane Fatinikun. Listen now by clicking her picture below.

Listen time: 14 minutes



One mother's campaign to challenge fears of disability
UK charity Wouldn’t Change A Thing has released a music video in a bid to tackle the stigma of disability, and particularly surrounding Down’s Syndrome. With Down’s Syndrome Awareness Month this October, director of the charity Tania Charlton wants to “break down fears, assumptions and stigma” which are so often assumed when we are around people with a disability. The music video was created to challenge these feelings of fear and discomfort and to promote positive awareness of Down's Syndrome. Click the still below to watch the video.

Read time: 2 minutes



Queer Britain calls on the LGBTQI community and its allies to make history
Queer Britain is a LGBTQ+ charity that has been working towards establishing the UK’s first national LGBTQ+ museum since 2018. The impact of queer people on every part of our culture has been huge and the museum put this “centre stage” to preserve, explore and celebrate. To achieve this, Queer Britain have partnered with the Post Office to invite UK’s LGBTQ+ community to write an open letter to the museum, to share their experiences which will be preserved in their growing archive. The letter can take the form of an anecdote, artwork, poem or photography - see further guidelines here and watch the video below!
Have your story recorded in history. Send your open letter.
 
Diversity and Inclusion Insights

Career coaches advise on how to fight back against ageism
Ageism is a sad reality still in full force in the working world, creeping in as early as the late 30s age mark. It is a type of discrimination that is less frequently called out, going “underreported and overlooked”. Age discrimination occurs for a number of reasons. In a time where a single job listing is likely to receive hundreds of applicants, companies may opt for a younger employee that they can pay a significantly smaller salary than a more senior candidate. There are also assumptions about employees in an older age bracket that deter organisations, perhaps presumed to be a “know-it-all” or less likely to be adaptable. Forbes list some small and practical things you can do to dispel myths associated with age - click the image below for the full article.

Read time: 7 minutes



British businesses are launching a new campaign to increase racial and ethnic participation in senior leadership
Change the Race Ratio is a campaign launched by a number of British businesses to increase diversity of race and ethnicity in senior leadership teams. The campaign, launching at the end of October, calls for all UK businesses to set visible targets for greater diversity at board and senior levels. They want to see real change come out of the buzz that the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted, and urge businesses to commit to “tangible action”. They believe that this change will happen through a community that will challenge and support each other, sharing good practice and inspiring others to “push harder and do better”. Take a look at the ‘four commitments to change’ they have set out, and see how you could get involved.

Read time: 3 minutes
 
Events

Black History Month: Arup
As part of Black History Month celebrations, our friends at Arup are hosting a live event with three professionals across different levels of the organisation. A panel of our members will talk about what inspired them to work in their chosen industry, reveal how they overcame challenges and share their personal experiences. It will be facilitated by Cynthia Davis, CEO of BAME Recruitment. Join us and ask the panel questions via a live Q&A. Register for your free ticket by clicking the graphic below.




#DiverseEd - The Big VIRTUAL Conversation
This event will showcase diversity, equality and inclusion in education with conversations centred around the theme of belonging. With a whole host of expert speakers, they will cover topics from curriculum reform, refugees, and intersectionality in schools. Conversations will run from 9am-1pm on Saturday 17th October. Register for free now.




Black Lives Matter & Business: Recruitment
This week our CEO Cynthia ran a webinar session with the UN Global Compact Network UK on inclusive recruitment practices. As the third webinar in their Black Lives Matter & Business series, Cynthia spoke about crucial steps to take to attract and retain more Black talent. If you missed the session, catch up now below!
Move good intentions into tangible action.
 
Story of the Week

Black men’s mental health is the next pandemic
'Double consciousness' is a term coined by W.E.B Dubois to describe the inner conflict that the black diaspora endures whilst living in a institutionally racist society. Psychologist and philosopher, Frantz Fanon later agreed that this conflict is caused by the burden of trying to blend into a society from which one is fundamentally excluded. Today, the pandemic has exacerbated this burden by taking a toll on an already vulnerable demographic.

According to counsellor Malcolm Phillips, black British men and women were already over-represented in psychiatric hospitals before the COVID. Now, with the addition of being exposed to the plethora of footage documenting instances of police brutality, black people (men in particular) requesting mental health services in Britain has risen to unprecedented highs. GQ's Alex Holmes discusses the inevitability of this surge in black men seeking help and how there needs to be people representative of the country in these places to provide care for disadvantaged communities.

Read time: 5 minutes
 
Featured Video

Anime has a race problem, here's how black fans are fixing it
Being a Black fan of Anime can be difficult. Black characters, when they are represented, often adopt racist imagery and stereotypes. One fan says: "It is so glaring that it is anti-Black, that it almost ruins the whole thing for me". Just being a Black fan of anime online can also subject you to a wave of racism from the predominantly white fandom.
"There are so many things that we have accepted for so long because we were just so happy to be included at all"
 

Inspirational Person of the Week

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen’s upcoming film Mangrove details the real-life story of Frank Crichlow who earned the nickname in 1960s London as the godfather of Black radicalism. His Notting Hill restaurant Mangrove was known as a meeting place for the Black community, for activists, artists, musicians and intellectuals. In 1969 the restaurant became the target of constant police raids and eventually lead to nine people - the Mangrove nine - being arrested.

Steve McQueen CBE, recipient of an Academy Award and Golden Globe, wants to expose more people to this “forgotten moment” in British history. Part of a five-film series, McQueen wants to put centre stage London’s West Indian communities, but the people behind the cameras are just as important for him as those in front of it. The Black editors, cinematographers, costume designers, as well as the actors: “How can I put my hands on the camera to start shooting if what’s behind the camera is not reflecting that?”, he asks. Hear more about his upcoming film series by clicking his picture below.

Read time: 15 minutes

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