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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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The Race Equallity Network is open to all members of staff at the University of Cambridge and its constituent Departments, Institutions and Colleges. There are termly all-member meetings with updates from the committee, as well as social events, panels and

REN Chairs

Womba Lagrue is the Co-Chair of the Race Equality Network (REN) at the University of Cambridge. She is also the Departmental Finance Manager for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology. Womba is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and has a background in Business Finance and Project Management in Financial Services, Charity as well as in Higher Education. She also has a BSc in Mathematics, Accounts and Financial Management from Loughborough University. 

Womba has substantial experience leading EDI initiatives including the REN Mentoring Scheme at the University of Cambridge. Through the mentoring programme, employees from a minority group in a more junior role are linked with others in a more senior position across the organisation. In a previous role, Womba acted as Secretary of the Black, Organisation for Leadership Development (BOLD) at JP Morgan Chase & Co and was involved in a number of EDI and anti-racism initiatives there.  

Dr Li Su is the head of the Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience Group (AICN Group). He has a joint appointment as Principal Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge and Professor of Neuroimaging in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. He is a Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge and a Specialist Committee Member at National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

REN Committee

  • Dr Kamran Yunus - Fellow in Chemical Engineering, Downing College
  • Jennifer Skinner - Library Manager, Centre for African Studies
  • Paula Rogers-Brown - Connect: Health Tech, University Enterprise Zone
  • Dr Evaleila Pesaran - Fellow in Politics and International Relations, Murray Edwards College
  • Dr Sara Pensa - Research Associate, Cancer Research UK
  • Ceren Kaser - Communications Co-ordinator, Race Equality Network
  • Manaz Javaid -  EDI Manager, Cambridge Judge Business School
  • Reshmin Haq - Learning and Development Consultant, Personal and Professional Development
  • Jane Gaffa - Research Governance Adviser, Faculty of Clinical Medicine
  • Dr Haddy Fye -  Project Manager, DPUK's Experimental Medicine Incubator
  • Zeena Elhassan - Project Associate, Black Advisory Hub
  • Karen Fernandes - UIS Senior Product Manager

    Join our Network

    We're building a new online community of members in Microsoft Teams. Visit our new Sharepoint site for the link to join.

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

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