Welcomed by Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor of Middlesex University, Dr Doirean Wilson, Diversity Lead at Middlesex will chair this international webinar event that will explore the topic 'Do Black Lives Really Matter? Comparing the past with the present'.
Dr Doirean Wilson is Diversity Lead at Middlesex and a Senior Lecturer specialising in Strategic HRM, Professional Practitioner and Community Engagement. She has written widely from her expertise on diversity in teaching and learning, and has edited and contributed to many publications.
The panel will include:
Dr Jak Beula, CEO and founder of the Nubian Jak Community Trust, which is Britain's only national African and African-Caribbean heritage commemorative plaque and sculpture scheme that has been commemorating the contributions of African-Caribbean people in Britain since 2006.
Sonia Brown MBE, founder and Managing Director the National Black Women’s Network (NBWN) and an award-winning business communicator, uber connector, coach, trainer, writer and diversity maverick.
Janet Hills, the first female Chairperson of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MetBPA) and President of the National Black Police Association, who is a serving Police Officer with 27 years’ service.
Gale Jean-Baptiste, senior HR Leader who partners with organisations to transform business results. She now holds the position of Head of Human Resources at the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), and is based in St. Lucia in the Caribbean, where she was born.
Professor Gus John, Grenadian-born award-winning writer, education campaigner, consultant, lecturer and researcher. He has completed notable work in the fields of education policy, management and international development. As a social analyst he specialises in social audits, change management, policy formulation and review, and programme evaluation and development.
His Right Honourable Stuart Lawrence, the younger brother of Stephen Lawrence who was murdered in an unprovoked racist attack in Eltham south east London, in 1993. Despite the challenges endured due to his brother’s death, Stuart stayed in education and decided to follow a creative path which focused on graphic design, taking a keen interest in typographical.
Dana Morgan, Managing Director and Founder of Morgan Immigration Law Firm LLC, which is a modern United States immigration law practice helping people nationwide and around the world with their immigration-related goals and needs. Born in New York City to Caribbean-born parents, Dana is a first-generation American, a licensed attorney, and passionate about people and cultures.
Andre Thompson, Alumni Data and Engagement Officer at Middlesex. He recently graduated with a Master's in Creative Technology from Middlesex specialising in Web Development Multimedia Production. Andre was also crowned as the 2017 Entrepreneurial Barnet winner after he successfully pitched his Student Light idea to the competition judges in the grand final in London. Andre went on to launch Student Light in 2020, which is an app and web platform for students, created to connect individuals, communities and leaders within and across institutions.