Racism without racists: How to tackle inequality in HE
Presenter: Kehinde Andrews, Professor of Black Studies
Institution: Birmingham City University
Format: Presentation : a presentation for most of the session with time for questions at the end.
Kehinde Andrews is Professor of Black Studies at Birmingham City University. His research focuses on resistance to racism and grassroots organisations. His latest book Black to Black: Retelling Black Radicalism for the 21st Century was published in 2018. He also wrote Resisting Racism: Race, Inequality and the Black Supplementary School Movement in 2013 and is editor of the Blackness in Britain book series with Zed Books. Kehinde has written opinions pieces for outlets including the Guardian, Independent, Washington Post and CNN. Kehinde is founder of the Harambee Organisation of Black Unity; and co-chair of the Black Studies Association.
Higher education has a problem with race, from the attainment of BAME students to the lack of Black academics, from the content of the curriculum to Black graduates earning less than their white counterparts and in the almost complete absence of non-white leadership. Higher education is the perfect case study of how institutional racism continues when there are few people making decisions who we call ‘racists’. In this session we have a frank discussion about how to get to grips with these challenges and how to reframe our thinking away from the ‘few bad apples’ typical explanation of racial inequality to examining how system maintain racial prejudice no matter what our intentions.
Anyone interested in race Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in HE