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Tracks, Trails and Threads: Courageous Leadership in a Fractured World 

March 21 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

This unique and high profile hybrid event, coinciding with the UN’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, will bring together people in-person and on-line, in each nation of the United Kingdom and international participants, to discuss and shape actions for achieving an anti-racist society and ethnic equity for all. Through a thought-provoking blend of tracks, trails and threads, keynotes, provocations, roundtable conversations, case studies, collaborative research, and calls to action, the conference will:
  • explore with us the role and imperative of courageous leadership in the fight for an anti-racist world
  • hear from trailblazers that are challenging the status quo, by pushing boundaries with initiatives on anti-racism that are making a difference
  • learn how system leaders are proactively applying the BLG 10 Point Plan to embed an anti-racist culture
  • discover how educational leaders are invested in co-creation using the anti-racist principles and tools developed to galvanise the energy and talent of teachers, students, and communities
  • gain opportunities to consider the applicability of the anti-racist lens within different global contexts
  • learn about the role of artificial intelligence applications in profiling bias and racial prejudice in recruitment, promotion and training
  • take back to your organisation vital publications to inform your anti-racist strategy

Sponsored by Google for Education, the event features some of the leading lights in the fight against racism, including senior figures in the FE and Skills sector. The keynote speakers are:

  • Opening Keynote: Lord Simon Woolley of Woodford CBE, Principal of Homerton College, University of Cambridge
  • Provocation Keynote: Professor S. Craig Watkins, Director of Media Innovation at the University of Austin, Texas
  • Belfast: Louise Warde Hunter, Principal and CEO of Belfast Metropolitan College;
  • Birmingham: Professor David Mba, Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham City University
  • Cardiff: Professor Uzi Iwobi CBE, CEO & Founder of Race Council Cymru
  • Edinburgh: Professor Gus John, renowned campaign on racial equality and social justice
  • London: Marcus Ryder MBE, CEO at The Film & TV Charity
  • virtually, Dr Elizabeth Henry, Racial and Social Justice Consultant, Activist and Campaigner

The conference will share simultaneously, UK-wide and globally, the keynote addresses and panel discussion, before switching to local venues for roundtable workshops and rich, face-to-face conversations and then re-uniting on-line for summaries and calls to action.

Who is invited?

Leaders and practitioners from all levels and backgrounds who share a desire to heal division, eliminate racism and advance anti-racism to create and sustain a more equitable society. Individuals and organisations in public and private, civil society, specialist sectors such as education, health, creative. Human Resource professionals. Researchers. Decision-makers. Influencers and thought leaders.