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Diversity Lens - Issue 75

May 7

Diversity Lens - Issue 75

Welcome to Diversity Lens.

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You may have heard COVID-19 being referred to as ‘The Chinese Virus’ by some very divisive public figures. The pandemic has been tough for a lot of us, but people from East-Asian ethnicities are not only experiencing the toll of the increased isolation, boredom, and mortality rates, but also a sharp spike in prejudicial attitudes and violent actions.

For our first Asian Pacific Heritage Month story of the week, we’re highlighting ways you can help to tackle this Anti-Asian rhetoric. We’re also spotlighting a few special Asian-owned businesses that you can support whilst treating yourself and/or your loved ones.

Find out more about this and other important stories in your weekly diversity news round-up below!
How To Support The Asian Community Right Now
Its Asian Pacific Heritage Month. Here is what YOU can do to honour it & to help.

Anti-Asian hate crime is on the up and we all need to do something about it. According to End the Virus of Racism, the increase in race-related crime since the start of the pandemic is at a staggering 300%. Check out this page for UK-specific resources for who to follow, where to donate, and what to read to progress your anti-Asian racism learning.

Here at Diversifying, we're running a series throughout the month to spotlight our favourite small businesses and non-profits in the UK. Asian-owned businesses saw the biggest decline in working business owners in 2020.

Let's support them, now and always. Check out our first post.
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Fasting for Ramadan when you’re a Premier League footballer
Professional footballers don't take time off the game while they're fasting. Wolves’ defender Romain Saiss explains.

UK universities are institutionally racist, says leading vice-chancellor 

In BBC documentary 'Is Uni Racist?' vice chancellor Professor David Richardson admits that UK universities suffer from systemic racism. The show centres on 4 students whose complaints have often been met with apathy, having severe knock-on effects on their mental health - to the point that many students end up repeating a year. (Read time: 3 minutes)

Marriage certificate to include mothers' names in England and Wales
Up to this point, only the names of couples' fathers would appear on the marriage certificate (or civil partnership), a residual policy from an outdated patriarchal age. The Home Office said the long-awaited move would "correct a historic anomaly". It leads us to ask how this practice remained in place for so long.(Read time: 1 minute)
Combat the “Halo-Horns” effect, and other actions for allies

In her weekly ally actions, Karen Catlin expands on a relatively new term: halo-horns - "where one strength is generalised into an overall high rating" for some, whereas for others "one mistake is generalised into an overall low rating.”

Catlin advises looking out for halo-horns during performance reviews - identify three examples of the behaviour you see to avoid bias.(Read time: 4.5 minutes)
How to break down the barriers young women still face in STEM

Although there is an increasing number of women in science, technology, engineering or maths (STEM) based careers, STEM Women has reported that 60% of female STEM students still feel discouraged from entering these sectors. Co-founder of social enterprise STEMettes has urged that "parents, carers and teachers need to continually expose young people to diverse STEM role models”.(Read time: 5 minutes)
Bisha K. Ali is a screenwriter, director and producer. Her focus is on amplifying marginalised voices in TV and Film.

Her credentials are impressive: Head writer/executive producer of the Marvel Studios' Ms. Marvel series; consulting on an upcoming HBO & Sky series; writer for Four Weddings and a Funeral, Sex Education, and more big names.

Now she's working with Netflix to increase the diversity of their programming.
"Give us some of the purse-strings", she says, referring to marginalised groups who are gatekept out of the industry.

Bisha focuses on how the personal power she has can change things from within. She mentors other creatives, and advocates from them, providing that sense of recognition and visibility they lack.

It is up to the gatekeepers however to give POC and minority groups the creative power that will change the industry. Bisha is optimistic.
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