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Race Equality in Higher Education Conference

We were excited to host the first conference dedicated to Race Equality on 20 September 2023 in the Great Hall at Queen's University Belfast​.  

About the conference

Some of the most influential figures on race equality in Northern Ireland took part in this inaugural Race Equality in Higher Education conference at Queen’s.

Hosted by the Queen’s Gender Initiative who lead the Race Equality Charter programme in Queen's, keynote speakers included Sheree Atcheson and Alfred Abolarin.

The conference featured keynote speeches, panel discussions with interactive Q&A sessions and digital content including podcasts and videos. 

Academics, researchers, students and practitioners explored challenges and interventions to elucidate promising approaches to embed cultural change, diversity, inclusion and belonging.

Areas of focus included student experiences, curriculum design, research frameworks, community impact and staff/student support mechanisms.

Speakers at the conference pictured with Professor Sir Ian Greer, Vice-Chancellor and President, Queen's University Belfast and Prof Karen McCloskey, Director Queen's Gender Initiative.

Keynote Speakers
Sheree Atcheson
Multi-award-winning global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion leader
Alfred Abolarin
Founder of Interact, NI, ACSONI, NIACLC, and the MME Council
Conference Highlights

Race Equality in Higher Education Conference: Part 1

This, the first in a series of videos drawn from the conference, features a welcome and introduction, and the Keynote Address given by Sheree Acheson, Queen's graduate and multi-award winning leader in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Race Equality in HE Conference, Part 2: The Student Voice

The second in the series of videos drawn from the QGI and REC Network hosted conference features a panel of students reflecting on the sometimes difficult situations they have faced in the community.

Race Equality in HE Conference, Part 2: Diversifying Education

The third part in this series of videos from the QGI and REC Network Conference features a panel chaired by Dr Kieran Higgins, with Dr M. Satish Kumar, Dr Yecid Ortega, Dr Mairead Corrigan (all from Queen's University Belfast) and Ms Danielle Chavrimootoo, of Kingston University.

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Conference Digital Village
Race Equality in HE Conference 2023
Conference Digital Village

Step into the vibrant world of our Conference Digital Village powered by Thinglink, as we showcase the collaborative efforts of QUB and our friends and partners in championing race equality in Northern Ireland and further afield.

For more details contact Queen's Gender Initiative