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Equality Diversity and Inclusion Colloquium: Pedagogies of Liberation: Challenge, change, compassion, collaboration

Our colloquia series focuses on Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) areas of interest within teaching and learning and are for anyone wishing to improve their knowledge and upskill their practice in these key areas.

The legacy of educators such as bell hooks, Paulo Freire, Ron Scapp and Henry Giroux is, among other things, the notion of education as a liberatory and healing practice, and an opportunity for individuals to make sense of their lives. This practice positions the classroom as a collaborative space to enable learning to be a joyful experience. The aim of this Colloquium is to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share, discuss and learn from contemporary practice-based interventions and initiatives that explore ways in which educators create spaces of joy and excitement not only in classrooms and lecture theatres – but also within their practice and social action outside the classroom. 

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Date: 18 June 2024, In-person

Venue: Novotel Sheffield Centre Hotel, Sheffield

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To educate as a practice of freedom then refers to teaching in a way that anyone can learn; to “teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students... to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply and intimately begin…” (hooks, 1994).  Core to this act of education as an act of freedom is the education of students to think critically, particularly against racial, sexual and class boundaries to achieve the gift of freedom so that it becomes the “practice of freedom, [to] deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world" (Freire, 2014) which is increasingly important in our current  global social and political climate.

The legacy of educators such as bell hooks, Paulo Freire, Ron Scapp and Henry Giroux is, among other things, the notion of education as a liberatory and healing practice, and an opportunity for individuals to make sense of their lives. This practice positions the classroom as a collaborative space to enable learning to be a joyful experience.

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Aim

 The aim of this Colloquium is to provide an open and supportive environment within which to share, discuss and learn from contemporary practice-based interventions and initiatives that explore ways in which educators create spaces of joy and excitement not only in classrooms and lecture theatres – but also within their practice and social action outside the classroom. 

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Who should attend?

The Colloquium will include a keynote session, guest provocations, participant-led workshops/presentations and a closing plenary. Drawing on research and/or evidence-informed practice, we anticipate the event will appeal to academic and professional service,  leaders with responsibility for staff and their development, the Staff Development community, and EDI professionals within higher education.

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Equality Diversity and Inclusion Colloquium Programme

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Fishbowl panel session

The fishbowl format is an interactive discussion method and can be likened to a traditional panel discussion with a surprise guest - you! The discussion starts with a stimulus question by the moderator while the larger group observes from outside. Audience members can join the conversation by occupying an empty chair in the fishbowl if they believe they have something to contribute to the discussion. The only 'rule' is that one chair must always be free.

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Speakers

Dr Manny Madriaga

Associate Professor in Education
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University of Nottingham
Dr Manny Madriaga
Dr Manny Madriaga is Associate Professor in Education at the University of Nottingham. His research interest is aligned with inclusion in higher education, specifically related to disability and race.

David Bass

Director of EDI
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Advance HE
David Bass
David leads the strategic development, planning and delivery of Advance HE’s programme for universities and colleges in Scotland. He brings a wealth of experience working with the Scottish sector, in governance as well as strategic planning and management, SFC Outcome Agreements, and equality and diversity.

Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred

Lead Consultant, EDI
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Advance HE
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred
Dr Lindy-Ann Blaize Alfred is a Lead Consultant, EDI at Advance HE. A Senior Fellow, Lindy-Ann brings over three decades of experience in a range of education sectors both nationally and internationally.

Gavin Douglas

Programme Leader
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Manchester Metropolitan University
Gavin Douglas
Douglas has professional qualifications and training within the Higher Education(HE) sector and the global fashion and textiles industry; this has provided him with a unique breadth of contemporary knowledge and experience of fashion design culture and pedagogy.

Georgina Brown

Senior Adviser, Athena Swan
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Advance HE
Georgina Brown
Specialising in behavioural change, Georgina has over 23 years of experience working on equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) projects with leading organisations.

Sehrish Tahir

Postgraduate Researcher
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University of Sheffield
Sehrish Tahir
Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Sheffield in the School of Education whose PhD focuses on Young Muslim Women of Colour and which ways they navigate and shape their intersectional identities through White educational spaces.