A critical look at how the “race agenda” has been taken up in academia and the tech industry — two sectors assumed to be spaces of progressive thought and action. We discuss what we are getting wrong, our responsibility for doing better, and strategies for getting it right.

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Tuesday 3 August 2021
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16:30–17:30
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Dr Salima Bhimani, Chief Equity and Inclusion Strategist for the Other Bets, Alphabet
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Dr Emily Sena, Stroke Association funded senior lecturer in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh

Overview

With the movement for Black lives claiming renewed visibility in the United States in the summer of 2020, and advancing momentum globally, people, and organisations have been forced to reckon with the ongoing history of racial injustice in their midst. Indeed, some have described this past year as the year of racial awakening.

Which begs the following questions:

  • Why weren’t we already awake?
  • What have we woken up to?
  • Are we really awake still?

This conversation takes a critical look at how the “race agenda” has been taken up in academia and the tech industry — two sectors assumed to be spaces of progressive thought and action. We discuss what we are getting wrong, our responsibility for doing better and strategies for getting it right.

About the Speakers

Dr Salima Bhimani

Dr Salima Bhimani leads and enables the Other Bets, Alphabets Moonshot companies, to achieve equity, inclusion, and increased representation (EID) through systemic transformations.

She came to Alphabet as an award-winning EID practitioner of 23 years having worked in the:

  • Public sector
  • Private sector
  • International sector
  • Academic sector

Over the decades, Salima has consistently stepped into her role as a social transformation leader, innovator, and equity polymath, committed to change centering socially minoritised communities.

Dr Emily Sena

Dr Emily Sena is a neuroscientist, meta-research scientist, and Stroke Association funded senior lecturer in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences, University of Edinburgh.

She is co-convenor of the University of Edinburgh’s Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion Race Equality and Anti-Racist (REAR) Sub-committee and highly committed to engendering and facilitating an anti-racist culture across our campus.

Meet the Facilitators

Dr Shaira Vadasaria is Associate Director of RACE.ED. Her research and teaching draws on interdisciplinary thought attentive to race, law, and social regulation in the broader context of settler colonial nation building.

Dr rashné limki is the Director of Equality and Diversity for the University of Edinburgh Business School. Her academic thinking and writing focuses on the operation of colonial and racial power in organisations.


Co-hosted by RACE.ED and the University of Edinburgh Business School.

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