Everyone across the institution – academic and professional services colleagues as well as students – is warmly invited to join us for the second annual Closing our Gap World Café event on Friday 7 August from 9.00-12.30.  You can join via https://eu.bbcollab.com/guest/521346c63c6f45aab85859e0bfce5ed2

This event is an opportunity to build an academic and professional community around a commitment to racial justice, equality of access, and intellectual curiosity. Across the all three campuses, we have a wealth of knowledge and experience in issues of race and inclusion, and we are keen to both build and share this expertise.

The institution is committed to a whole-University approach to reducing attainment gaps and ensuring a fair, friendly, and inclusive atmosphere for students and staff. As part of this approach, we are keen to explore how learning and teaching strategies, professional practice, and research intersect in efforts to build a more racially inclusive Christ Church. This year, we are especially interested in how to enhance our year-long Transition, Orientation, and Induction efforts to develop a sense of belonging for all our students, but especially Black students.

The event will include live presentations, pre-recorded video case studies, and break-out discussion sessions. Staff and students from across the institution will be speaking on a range of topics including, but not limited to:

  • The role of the SU in building belonging and amplifying student voice
  • Student health & wellbeing and offering pastoral support
  • Transition, orientation, and induction
  • Post-COIVD-19 support for BAME students with a focus on BAME students in Health Care
  • Strategies for teaching the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

The role of this event is to encourage conversation, and especially to help colleagues and students become more comfortable discussing uncomfortable things.

We hope to see you there, and if you would like to contribute a short video (anywhere from five to fifteen minutes) discussing your own experiences, learning and teaching strategies, professional services practice, or research please get in touch with Mary Makinde (mary.makinde@canterbury.ac.uk) or Gavan Lennon (gavan.lennon@canterbury.ac.uk).