Engage keynote 2021: Jason Arday

Jason Arday

Guest speaker Dr Jason Arday will be giving a keynote at this year’s Engage conference, which will consider how we can move the dial forward with regards to anti-racism in Higher Education.

The last year has seen a groundswell of movement geared towards creating greater intersectional equality. The horrific murder of George Floyd last summer provided the global catalyst for how we mobilise to reject all forms of discrimination.

While higher education has historically been a site for discrimination, it also holds promise for all of the egalitarian values that we hold dear. This talk focuses on the importance of four key themes: engagement and belonging, acknowledging and celebrating diversity, clarity and fairness in assessment, equality of access and social capital and equality of opportunity and employment.

Dr Jason Arday is an Associate Professor in Sociology at Durham University in the Department of Sociology and the Deputy Executive Dean for People and Culture in the Faculty of Social Science and Health. He is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

Jason holds Visiting Professorships at Coventry University, London Metropolitan University and Nelson Mandela University. He is a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank and the British Sociological Association (BSA).

Jason sits on the Centre for Labour and Social Studies (CLASS) National Advisory Panel and the NHS Race and Health Observatory Academic Reference Group. Jason is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).