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Race Equality at Cambridge

 
Race Equality Network - Black History Month 2021

The Race Equality Network is a community for staff members who self-identify as being from a racial minority ethnic background and/or who have an interest in the topic of race and would like to contribute to anti-racism initiatives at the University. 

It aims to create a sense of belonging by providing a safe forum to network, socialise  share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality. The Network aspires to be a consultative body for the University and colleges, providing a perspective and authoritative voice on race-related policy and initiatives.The aim is for ownership of the network to lie within its membership who will have appropriate support and connections. The network’s main goal is to translate discussions into tangible actions to improve the staff experience for those from racial minority ethnic backgrounds at the University of Cambridge.'

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Race Equality Network Co-chairs

The Network is co-chaired by Dr Kenny Monrose and Jenni Skinner, and works closely with the University Race and Inclusion Champions. The chairs of the Race Equality Network intend to embed ownership of the network within the membership and take a lead on the development of the network. Their goal is to translate discussions into tangible actions to improve the experience of racial ethnic minority staff at the University.      

Dr Kenny Monrose is a researcher at the Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Wolfson College. He is the principal investigator on the Black British Voices Project, a national study in partnership with The Voice Newspaper and I-Cubed, and author of Black Men in Britain: An ethnographic portrait of the post Windrush generation (Routledge 2020). Dr Monrose teaches, supervises and examines undergraduate and post-graduate students in Sociology. He is a PhD mentor and the convener for the Ethnicity, Race & Faith working group at Wolfson College, as well as an advisory board member for Education & Culture at the South Bank Centre London.

Jenni Skinner is the Library Manager of the African Studies Library, and spent the formative years of her career in librarianship at the Social & Political Sciences Library (2002-2015), University of Cambridge. The African Studies Library supports the research and teaching needs of the University’s Undergraduate and Postgraduate study of Africa. Jenni works closely with the Centre of African Studies to promote research from and on Africa, acting as a community hub for students, researchers, and the public who have connections to, and an interest in Africa and her diaspora.

Race Equality Network Committee

  • Nather Al-Khatib - IT Officer, Kings College
  • Junaid Bhatti - Study Coordinator, Department of Psychiatry
  • Joseph Cotton - Communications Officer, Wolfson College
  • Reshmin Haq - Learning and Development Consultant, Personal and Professional Development
  • Womba Lagrue - Finance Manager, Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
  • Esiri Lawrence - HR Manager, Selwyn College
  • Patricia Murray - Secretary, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
  • Dr Sara Pensa - Research Associate, Cancer Research UK
  • Dr Evaleila Pesaran - Race Equality Fellow, Murray Edwards College
  • Dr Gabriela Ramos - Director of the Centre for Latin American Studies
  • Paula Rogers-Brown - Connect: Health Tech, University Enterprise Zone
  • Michelle Hawthorne - Widening participation manager (post-16), Cambridge Admissions Office

News

  • For updates from the Race Equality Network, please sign up to our mailing list via SYMPA.

New Network Name

The new name for the BAME Staff Network is Race Equality Network. This was voted for by network members and was selected by a large majority of respondents, receiving over two-thirds (68.7%) of votes. The other options received the following % of votes – Racialised Minority Network (5.2%), EmbRace (13.5%), BAME Staff Network (12.5%). Thank you to everyone who took time to vote. We look forward to continuing to work towards creating a sense of belonging and providing a safe forum to network, socialise, share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality.

REN Receives Funding Award

The Race Equality Network has been awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund held by the Schools of Biological Sciences, Clinical Medicine along with 50% financial contribution from the other University schools - Arts and Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, and Technology. 

The funding will be issued to the network over a period of three years, allowing for steady and sustained network growth. It will fund a coordinator position for the network as well as events and other resources necessary toward furthering of network priorities. Ultimately funding will help provide necessary resources for network to fulfil the charter aim of creating a sense of belonging by providing a safe forum to network, socialise, share, question, challenge and receive support and advice in relation to race equality.

Professor Paul Lehner, Chair of the University Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (WT ISSF) commented:

“The Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund is really delighted to be supporting this important initiative.”

Join the Race Equality Network

To join the Race Equality Network, please sign up to our mailing list via SYMPA.

For queries, please email:
raceequalitynetwork@admin.cam.ac.uk

You can also contact Dr Joanna Jasiewicz, E&D Consultant for race and anti-racism.