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Students and staff are invited to save the date and attend Diverse-City.

This event includes a range of interactive sessions focusing on training, learning and experience sharing across different aspects of equality and diversity and a plenary panel discussion focussing on intersectionality.

Each session will last approximately 45 minutes. Please see the timetable below.


Registration (Pavilion)



Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

Northampton Suite

Active Bystander Training




Disability Awareness


Active Bystander Training



Plenary Panel Discussion: 'Exploring Intersectionality - Sharing experiences of identity'

Northampton Suite


Lunch & Networking Session (Pavilion)


Sexual Harassment: Let’s talk about Sex


The Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover


The Importance of Equality in Achieving UN Global Goals



Meeting at the Intersections: A workshop on identity, dialogue and (religious) violence



Race in Higher Education


**Please note photography will be taking please at the event. If you do not wish to be photographed please make yourself known to the photographer and film crew.**


Sessions will run on a first come first serve basis, please arrive ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

There will be a registration desk open from 9.00am in the Pavilion. Attendees will receive a Diverse-City branded tote bag and a leaflet providing information about the day. This leaflet is required in order to attend the lunch and networking session.

'Exploring Intersectionality - Sharing experiences of identity'

The plenary event of the day will be a panel discussion in the Northampton Suite at 12.00-13.30 which will focus on intersectionality. This will be followed by a networking session and lunch.

Session descriptions

Active Bystander Training: Challenging Unacceptable Behaviours

This interactive session will focus on techniques to overcome the fear of intervening, tackling ‘micro-inequities’ and using persuasive words, phrases, facial expressions and body language to maximise assertiveness in challenging situations.

Disability Awareness

An interactive session to challenge your perceptions of disability through the lens of barriers and strengths.

Gender Pay Gap at City and Beyond

The introduction of the mandatory Gender Pay Gap Reporting in the UK in 2017 was one of the biggest changes faced by employers in recent years. This session aims to increase the awareness of City Students and Staff about the Gender Pay Gap. We would like to facilitate the discussion among the attendees about what the gender pay gap means for them.

Human Library: Don’t judge a book by its cover

We invite you to come to our library where participants can “borrow” human books and engage in a respectful and courageous dialogue with an individual about their experience of prejudice, stereotype or discrimination. This is a place to challenge your biases; a place where difficult questions are expected,appreciated and answered.

Introduction to Mental Health Awareness

The objective of this session is to increase participants understanding of mental health and mental illness and will explore mental health continuum, the importance of evolution and compassion, warning signs of distress and the support available at City. Case studies to develop starting conversations will also be explored.

Let’s Talk About Sex: demystifying terminology and busting myths on sexual harassment, misconduct and violence.

The aim of this interactive workshop is to encourage discussion on the often taboo subject of sexual harassment, misconduct and violence and the impacts it can have. We will talk openly about sexual harassment to explore the discourses used, dispel myths and raise awareness of support available.

Meeting at the intersections: a workshop on identity, dialogue and (religious) violence

In this workshop, we will reflect on how different intersections of identity impact on how we listen to those we disagree with. (Kenneth's) work in disagreements in the Church of England help to inform this workshop, but other conflicts and forms of violence will also be discussed'.

Race in Higher Education

This workshop session will focus on Race in Higher Education and consider issues concerning the BAME Attainment Gap, BAME Academic Staff Representation and unpacking Whiteness within the Academy. The workshop aims to provide interventions to challenge racial inequality within the sector.

The Importance of Equality in Achieving the UN Global Goals

This is session will focus on equality on a global scale. It will provide an introduction to the UN Global Goals, how the goals support equality and how you can support the Global Goals.

Meet the panel

Cerys Bradley

Cerys is a PhD student in the UCL Crime and Security Science department, researching the Dark Webb. Cerys writes and performs stand-up comedy about the history of scientific research on the LGBTQ+ community and works with schools by delivering talks on LGBTQ+ activism and experiences.

Jacky Wright

Jacky is a global leader and innovative technologist. As HMRC’s Chief Digital and Information Officer, she is driving one of the largest digitally-enabled transformations in Europe. She is passionate about the positive impact of technology in transforming public services and is a proud advocate for diversity, equal opportunities and access to education for all.
Jacky is a member of the Civil Service Diverse Leadership Task Force, advising on strategy to improve BAME and disabled representation across government.
In addition to this, Jacky is patron of techUK’s Public Services Board and sits on the boards of City, University of London, the Institute of Coding and YearUp.

Professor Kalwant Bhopal

Kalwant is Professor of Education and Social Justice, Professorial Research Fellow and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Race and Education in the School of Education, University of Birmingham. She is Visiting Professor at Harvard University in the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Visiting Professor at Kings College London (Department of Education and Professional Studies).
Kalwant has conducted research 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.
Her most recent book, ‘White Privilege: the myth of a post-racial society’ was published in 2018 by Policy Press.

Kenneth Wilkinson-Roberts

Kenneth is a Postgraduate student at Lancaster University and an activist for better inclusion of LGBTI+ people in Churches. Kenneth’s research focuses on how power and performativity impact on peace keeping within the Church of England, particularly concerning the experiences of transgender Christians.

LaToya Harding

LaToya is a business reporter for the Daily Telegraph. She studied Accounting and Finance at Aston Business School before setting up her business, JD Agency Limited. LaToya completed an MA in Financial Journalism at City, University of London in 2018. She was selected as student speaker for City’s School of Arts and Social Sciences graduation ceremony where she discussed the importance of diverse representation in the media industry.

Dr Peter Purton

Peter was LGBT and Disability Policy Officer for the TUC until retirement in 2016. He worked to promote both areas of equality at work, in trade unions, and with government and NGO’s. Peter is a lifelong campaigner for LGBT+ rights and has also published several books.

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When and where

10.00am - 4.00pmThursday 28th March 2019

City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

Contact Details

Michael Jannetta

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

020 7040 3734

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