The Cultural Diversity Network at Royal Holloway was launched in 2016 to address the needs, priorities and concerns of both academic and professional members of staff at the College from diverse non-White ethnic groups.
We are here to create a community for all staff, where we can connect with each other and feel a sense of belonging. The purpose of the Network is to provide a safe, supportive and confidential forum for sharing experiences, networking and discussing identified issues that affect members of staff from groups across the College. We also intends to promote the interests of diverse staff, raise awareness about equality and inclusion, and make recommendations to Senior Leadership on policies and practices. Through sharing our experiences, we want to bring new perspectives and fresh ideas that helps drive change to ensure that Royal Holloway is welcoming to all.
We organise events, invite speakers, gather socially...and much more. You can access the Network's terms of reference here.
The network has created a forum on MS Teams in order to provide a space to share challenges they are facing during this time of lockdown, support each other by sharing ideas and good practice and ensure that issues identified are communicated to the College. If you would like to join this forum, please email email@example.com requesting to become a member of the Cultural Diversity Network Forum (as this forum is private and can only be viewed by invitation).
New initiative - read about the Sarah Parker Remond Studentship in the Department of Psychology.
Upcoming event - "Gospel and Jazz Communities in Britain" (click to join): a talk by Black scholar-gospel artist Alexander Douglas, as part of the Royal Hollway 'Introduction To Jazz' options module (Wednesday, November the 18th, 11 - 1 pm).
"In this session we will consider the specific and formative experiences of one jazz musician came of age in terms of both identity and music as part of both the jazz and gospel music communities – only to discover that the industry forces people to make decisions that defy ethics, leaving people artists in a desperate situation to maintain an income without losing their identity. The specificities of jazz in the UK will be explored in some detail, and philosophical aesthetics will be presented as more than a mere ‘academic enterprise’ but as a means by which this artist has become an academic and now also an activist."
"Alexander Douglas an interdisciplinary and portfolio researcher working across philosophy, music, mental health, anthropology and theology. An award-winning jazz musician, he has played bass clarinet in the Julian Joseph Big Band, toured with Pinise Saul and the South African Gospel Singers on piano, directed an all-star klezmer band including Ayanna on 'cello and Arun Ghosh on clarinet and played a live version of John Coltrane's A Love Supreme at the 2016 Manchester Jazz Festival with Gary Crosby, Rod Youngs and Nathaniel Facey. His Bach-and-spirituals solo piano project A Sacred Journey was premiered at the 2019 Three Choirs Festival and he is also Artistic Director of the Huddersfield Bach Collegium. He is currently working (slowly!) on a new phenomenology of music, language and mental health."