Celebrating Women’s Leadership

Insights alumni leading on EDI conference

Overcoming EDI challenges in Higher Education
We are delighted to share and celebrate Dr Patty Baker‘s success in securing TESSA (Teaching Enhancement Small Support Award) funding to host a conference to explore and discus various problems and solutions surrounding setting up EDI programmes in Higher Education.

Patty is an alumna (2018/19) of Insights, our in-house senior women’s leadership programme designed to strengthen and enhance leadership capabilities to support an institutional culture of innovation, improvement and change.

As part of the final workshop of the programme, participants were asked to think about and suggest a project to work on that had an institutional impact.

Patty identified the need for staff training to encourage difficult classroom discussions, inclusive seminars and microaggressions. She researched how EDI training is undertaken elsewhere, and contacted EDI Deans/Chief Diversity Officers in Universities and liberal arts colleges in the United States to discuss their programmes.
She shared her proposal with the Insights cohort, and as a result decided to take this project forward.

This is a fantastic achievement and a piece of work that will benefit staff and students at Kent, as well as support our ongoing EDI agenda.

The online conference will be Monday 8th July 2019 and will be a continuation of networking and University Chief Diversity and Inclusivity Officers speakers from Universities in the United States. All staff are are warmly invited to attend, please book your place via eventbrite.

For further event details and speakers please click here!