Imperial is committed to ensuring a positive environment for staff and students from all backgrounds, ages, disabilities, sexual orientations, caring status and more. Diverse@Imperial marks an annual opportunity for the College to recognise and celebrate the diversity of our community. It is also a time to discuss the barriers that remain to increasing diversity and inclusion, and the actions that we can all take to address these challenges.
For the week 29 January to 2 February, an exhibition in the College Main Entrance showcased staff and students alongside information about the College's work on equality, diversity and inclusion. We also celebrated Diverse@Imperial on social media #DiverseImperial. You can explore some of the Diverse@Imperial profiles on this website and can download a version of the Diverse@Imperial 2018 Exhibition (pdf).
In 2018 we are highlighted a recent College initiative - Active Bystander training. Volunteers ran a lunch-time stall throughout the Week to explain what Active Bystander is all about and encourage people to sign up. The Faculty of Engineering introduced Active Bystander training to empower staff and students to challenge poor behaviours and bring about cultural change.
A Sense of Belonging in Engineering
For Diverse@Imperial 2018 we invited Dr Nike Folayan to give a lecture, which you can watch online. Nike is a chartered engineering consultant and Chair of the UK Association For Black and Minority Ethnic Engineers. Nike discussed what diversity and the drive towards a more inclusive STEM workforce really mean, with a particular focus on the importance of diversity and inclusion in engineering.
Working with Waves!
For Diverse@Imperial 2018 we organised an outreach event for children from local schools. Volunteers from across the College ran interactive stalls showcasing the diversity of research and researchers. The highlight of the day was a talk from Dr Mark Richards, Department of Physics, called 'Working with Waves!', which you can watch online.
2017 Diverse@Imperial showcased the College’s diverse community and the talent within it. The week featured an exhibition of our staff in the College’s main entrance and two key events, videos of which you can watch below.
Celebrating our Diversity
For Diverse@Imperial 2017 on 1 February, Nina Nannar (ITN News journalist) chaired a discussion panel featuring:
Professor Shiranee Sriskandan, Department of Medicine
Professor Sara Rankin, National Heart & Lung Institute
Dr Liz Elvidge, Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre
Dr Joao Cabral, Department of chemical Engineering
Dr Mark Richards, Department of Physics
Gendered Research and Inclusive Innovation
Professor Simone Buitendjik, Vice Provost (Education), challenged us to think about diversity and inclusion in relation to our research in her lecture on 2 February as part of Diverse@Imperial 2017.