Tackling Racism in Educational Leadership: What Works and Why?


When: Friday 21st June
Time: 10:45 - 15:30
Where: Institute of Education, UCL

This session of the BELMAS Research Interest Group on Race & Leadership aims to open debate and stimulate discussion of the ways in which ‘race’ is understood and deployed in the theory and practice of educational leadership, as well as in debates about Multiculturalism. As such, it examines ‘race’ within and beyond the experiences of minoritised groups and incorporates ‘race’ as a social construct that applies to all. Race then, is used as a prism through which to explore and interrogate issues such as: the gaze through which educational leadership research is constructed, monocultural leadership in multi-ethnic education spaces, access to and outcomes for those who participate in bespoke leadership programmes, the impact and interplay of policy on educational leadership theory and practice.

By bringing together academics, postgraduate students and practitioners and those with an interest in race, educational leadership, multiculturalism and education, this session hopes to explore the ongoing ways in which ‘race’ and its intersections are understood within and through organisations. We hope that you find this a stimulating and topical debate.  

This seminar aims to explore strategies that support BAME progression in a range of educational contexts and to share the evidence of what has worked and, in so doing provide a counter-balance to the discourse of barriers to access, promotion and progression.

Confirmed speakers:


Professor Stephen Hancock
 Associate Professor of Multicultural Education and Diversity and Inclusion Consultant, UNC Charlotte

alison kriel-300x300 Ms. Alison Kriel
Independent Education Consultant
nath Ms. Vijaya Nath
Director Contemplative Spaces

Click here to read speaker biographies.


10.45–11.15  Arrival and Welcome
11.15–11.30 Introduction to the day – Dr Christine Callender, UCL Institute of Education
11.30–12.15 Professor Stephen Hancock
12.15–13.00 Ms Alison Kriel
13.00–13.45  Lunch
13.45–14.30 Ms Vijaya Nath
14.30–15.15  Panel Discussion of Speakers (led by Professor Paul Miller, Huddersfield University)
15.15–15.30 Closing comments (RIG Convenors, Dr Christine Callender and Professor Paul Miller)

NOTE: We will be launching our book ‘Race, Education and Educational Leadership’, (edited by Paul Miller and Christine Callender from 4pm-5.30pm in Room W3.08.

We would be delighted if you are able to attend the launch and to meet with some of the contributors to this important publication.

Registration for this event is free and full venue details will be provided to registered delegates in the form of joining instructions.

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