by Kanja Sesay
On the 14th June, the Higher Education Race Action Group (HERAG) held its 4th Think Tank conference in London. The conference explored themes that are pertinent to the current discussions and research around race, such as BME (Black Minority Ethnic) representation and success in postgraduate courses and/ or increasing the pipeline into staffing and leadership roles. Developing a consistent approach to improving the BME retention and attainment and ensuring effective implementation within the institution. Other themes such as the development of targeted race equality policies without taking a deficit model approach were explored.
Oxford Brookes Unison branch was one of the main sponsors of this event, and along with the chair of the HERAG group, we highlighted the work of the Unison Black members as decided by the Black members Annual Conference, in various areas, which included the Recruitment and organising of Black members in the fragmented workforce, with a working group that will look at effective and clear pathway that will assist Black members to become leaders for the future. Unison Black Members will also be working on tackling the increase in hate crime following the Brexit vote which has seen a 42% higher than the previous year in racial violence.
During the HERAG Conference, Oxford Brookes Unison held a stall with various Black members publications. Publications such as Defining ‘Black’ leaflet, as well as the Unison banner which was on display for the duration of the conference. Delegates and organisers of the conference were grateful for the sponsorship received from Oxford Brookes Unison and for supporting such an important conference, and hope to continue working together.
I would like to thank the Oxford Brookes Unison Committee for their support and its members as well.
PowerPoint from the Conference
Pictures from the Conference