TUNE IN this Saturday, 23 January, to the Speak Your Truth Show, 4-6pm (uk time), when I will be in conversation with my most excellent guest AQMW SisDr Sandra Richards, African-Centred activist-practitioner-scholar. SisDr holds a Masters Degree, and PhD in Education. She serves as Special Advisor on a number of committees focused on personhood, education, race equality and equity.
Her book ‘The Way We See It’ (2008) teases out uncomfortable historical links between school exclusion and British education policies. In it she calls for “difficult conversations” which require moving beyond the discomfort of discussions about discriminatory policy and practice toward the actual implementation of research-based social inclusion practice, inclusive policies and associated legislation.
SisDr is also a Coach, Counsellor, Mentor and an Advocate for Rites of Passage programmes; her practice is rooted in the principles of MA’AT & the Nguzo Saba. With over 40 years’ experience working as an advocate introducing interventions in the African Heritage diaspora (UK, Caribbean, USA, Africa). Her experience spans the so-called ‘Windrush’ generation and descendants thereof to provide considerable evidence of UK policies and practices that have had a significantly negative impact on particular communities. This includes disproportionate school exclusions, unemployment, immigration, funding failures, prison pipelines, health misdiagnosis and more provide overwhelming evidence of these assertions.
SisDr introduces culturally sensitive concepts, unconscious bias narratives and methodologies intended to provide long term paradigm shifts, develop relevant interventions and form new partnerships/collaborations proven to result in the empowerment of marginalised communities.
The adoption of the title ‘SisDr’ is her public demonstration of a commitment to straddle the worlds of the researcher and the researched. SisDr currently holds a quality assurance portfolio at the University of the West Indies.
Saturday 23rd January @ 16:00-18:00 GMT
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