Shaping the Future: Race and racism in the 21st century – Islington

 

Thursday 1 March, 4.00 – 7.00pm

 Voluntary Action Islington, 200a Pentonville Road, London N1 9JP

Is there an elephant in the room? If we live in a post-racial society, why do certain ethnic groups continue to experience disadvantage?
This seminar, planned to follow the retrial into the murder of Stephen Lawrence, will debate these questions and seek to identify solutions to persistent and emerging inequalities faced by BAME children, young people and their communities.

Background
We have seen massive changes in the law and there is no doubt that progress has been made in addressing racism in our country. Greater proportions of BAME young people are going on to higher education, for example. However, these increased qualification levels are not translating into labour market and wealth outcomes with disproportionate numbers of BAME young people being unemployed and underemployed. Nearly one in two young black people are unemployed, compared to one in eight of young people in general. We are not making the most of British talent.

Who will attend and what will happen
The seminar will start with a range of experts presenting their views on what needs to be done to progress race equality in key areas relevant to BAME children, young people and their families. The Chair will then facilitate a solutions-focused discussion with panellists and participants, including representatives of the BAME voluntary, community and statutory sectors with roles and responsibilities relating to children and young people.

Who is involved?
Confirmed speakers and panellists include: Andrew Muhammad, Westside Young Leaders Academy; Colin Adams, Chair, Hanley Crouch Community Association; Cllr Claudia Webbe, London Borough of Islington; Elizabeth Henry, Chief Executive, Race on the Agenda; Graham Smith, Head of Planning and Equalities, Cambridge Education @ Islington; Lela Kogbara, Director of Strategy and Partnerships; Superintendent Simon Corkhill, Acting Borough Commander; Sukhpal Grewal, External Relations & Partnership Manager, Jobcentre Plus; Tony Warner, Black History Walks.
This webpage will be updated as new speakers and panelists are confirmed

How to book a place
To book a place register here
Places are limited and will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

This seminar is being delivered by ROTA in partnership with Islington BME Forum. It is part of a series of seminars being delivered to coincide with the retrial into the murder of Stephen Lawrence.