SOAS Diversity and Inclusion Project
SOAS commissioned us to deliver a series of workshops, the aim of which was to increase inclusive behaviour and how attendees could tackle issues such as hate crime or harassment going forward in their professional careers.
The Impact of Race on Education and
This was an evening of powerful discourse on 'The Impact of Race on Education and Recruitment' and marked the second collaboration between New Beings, the Forward Institute and Aviva on the theme of race in the workplace. Led by Karim Perrineau (New Beings) and Chika Aghadiuno (Aviva), the evening featured opening remarks by leading thinkers and ambassadors within this field including:
- Lord Michael Hastings of Scarisbrick CBE
- Colleen Amos
- Amma Mensah
This was followed by a moderated group conversation supported by New Beings facilitators, which brought together senior stakeholders in various industries such as education to the private sector. We are proud to have created a space with great social impact that allowed for much needed cross-sector learning.
Ministry of Defence Workshop
We ran two workshops for the Ministry of Defence, one for National Inclusion Week which was aimed primarily at Senior leaders and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) practitioners and the other for Black History Month which was aimed at both civilian staff and active Army members who were primarily People of Colour.
We utilised the Mission Critical document produced by the Ministry of Defence, alongside data on the current representation of both the Army and civilian staff to feed into our presentation. The first session covered all protected characteristics and how to tackle issues around targets and positive action. We also highlighted the ways in which D&I teams can have constructive discussions around inclusion. The second session was aimed at giving staff members the tools and language to use when discussing Diversity and Inclusion particularly when speaking on their lived experience.
Feedback collected from both events in a follow up evaluation were overwhelmingly positive with over 70% of attendees saying they felt comfortable raising the issue of D&I within their department after our workshops.