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Stop the pain: black and minority ethnic scholars on diversity policy obfuscation in universities

Ahmet, Akile ORCID: 0000-0003-4051-4914 (2021) Stop the pain: black and minority ethnic scholars on diversity policy obfuscation in universities. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, 40 (2). 152 - 164. ISSN 2040-7149

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Identification Number: 10.1108/EDI-11-2020-0338

Abstract

Purpose: The author extends the work on diversity policy in UK higher education by centring the voices of Black and minority ethnic scholars and de-centring white comfort with the aim of a call to stop the pain that sanitised university diversity policies cause Black and minority ethnic scholars. Design/methodology/approach: Using in-depth qualitative and auto-ethographic research methods, this paper engages with both respondents' narratives as well as the author's experience of carrying out the research within the walls of predominately white universities. Findings: In order for universities to move beyond hollow and sanitised diversity, they must centre the voices of Black and minority ethnic scholars. Respondents spoke of their experiences of pain, and feelings of “taking up” space in predominately white universities. The author also discusses respondents' feelings towards diversity and inclusion policies such as the Race Equality Charter Mark. Originality/value: The research is built on previous work on diversity by decentring white comfort.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: https://www.emerald.com/insight/publication/issn/2...
Additional Information: © 2021 Emerald Publishing Limited
Divisions: Methodology
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 10:51
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 00:27
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/122936

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