EPISODE 1: Creating a racially inclusive University

 

Special Guest
Amatey Doku

Amatey Doku is an experienced communicator, working currently as a Consultant at Moorhouse Consulting, a dynamic consulting firm, focused on delivering change. He is also an Independent Board Member of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Member of Higher Education Policy Development Group at The British Academy, Member of the Advisory Group at Civic University Network, and Co-Chair at the University of Cambridge Black Alumni Network (CBAN).

 

Now more than ever, universities need to cultivate a more inclusive, diverse, and dynamic space for their students and teachers. Though it is largely because of the recent conversations around racial equality (which surfaced greatly after the George Floyd incident), the need to address racial disparities are key.

 

How do you ensure your university is racially inclusive? How do you check for disparities in student outcomes in higher education, degree awarding/ degree attainment gaps, and reduce non-continuation rates among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students?

 

Today’s episode addresses the strategic thinking needed.

 

In conversation with Amatey Doku on the Belong In He podcast, we explore how to create racially inclusive universities for students and staff alike. Amatey draws in from his experience to explain the need for transformative leadership to foster inclusivity; identifying, voicing, and addressing traditional leadership issues to combat the structural problems to racial equality; and the importance of mapping the student journey to create an inclusive university.

 

You’ll also learn:

 

  • The need for specialist advice and assistance in creating an inclusive campus.
  • Who owns driving race equity forward?
  • How bottom-up leadership works when people know why to improve things
  • The structural barriers to racial equality in universities (and why creating change from the heart of systems is challenging)
  • Creating SPACE to unearth change
  • How to think about disparities in an organizational context
  • The need for visionary leadership for an inclusive campus

 

Listen to the conversation now!

 

 

Timestamps

 

[00:07] Intro

[00:12] Meet Amatey Doku

[2:28] Investing in racial equality and inclusivity for a more comfortable university culture

[5:25] What does ownership look like in universities? Is it about departmentalized leadership or a whole institution approach?

[10:19] Making bottom-up leadership work: Keep away the “how” and ask “what” – What needs to change in your university so that it can be made more inclusive?

[12:10] Why you must create space to unearth change

[13:05] What is missing in the conversation of inclusivity?

[15:55] Addressing pay disparities for a people-centered organization

[17:58] The role of process and barriers of legacy systems in organizations

[25:39] Why you must create the space for employees to come and move in whenever

[26:44] Is your organization truly inclusive to minority talents? Or is it uncomfortable and creates a lack of belongingness?

[27:40] What happens when strategies and plans are backed by tangible actions?

[30:59] An example of strategic planning?

[31:28] How different tools help measure disparities and outcomes

[35:32] Staying informed with better conversations on disparity with different groups of people

[38:05] Mapping the student journey in universities to remove disparities in student outcomes and cultivate an inclusive atmosphere

[39:10] What causes disparities in universities?

[40:52] The responsibility of an institution to help students feel belonged with them

[43:51] Visionary leadership to transform mindsets