Kalwant Bhopal – BME experiences in HE: social justice, inclusion, and white privilege


Event Date: 21 May 2018
Room B01
Clore Management Centre
Birkbeck, University of London
Torrington Sq.
London WC1E 7JL

Birkbeck, University of London presents:

Professor Kalwant Bhopal (Birmingham) – BME experiences in HE: social justice, inclusion, and white privilege

Organised by Birkbeck Assistant Deans for Equalities and supported by all 5 schools.

This session will explore BME experiences in higher education. It will examine recent statistics on the representation of BME staff and students in higher education and explore how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation continue to disadvantage BME groups. The talk will use empirical research which explores BME academic flight from higher education to suggest ways forward for the inclusion of BME focusing on issues of equity and social justice. It will examine how white privilege works to disadvantage those from BME backgrounds and explore how universities can develop good practice for the inclusion of BME groups in higher education.

Kalwant Bhopal is Professor of Education and Social Justice and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. Kalwant’s research focuses on the achievements and experiences of minority ethnic groups in education. She has conducted research on exploring discourses of identity and intersectionality examining the lives of Black minority ethnic groups as well as examining the marginal position of Gypsies and Travellers. Her research specifically explores how processes of racism, exclusion and marginalisation operate in predominantly White spaces with a focus on social justice and inclusion. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies).

Introduction by Dr Karen Wells (Birkbeck):

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