Black History Month: Constructive invisibility, dangerous visibility

21 October 2020, 18:30 - 19:30

The words 'Black History Month' on a black, red, green, yellow, black striped background

Black families straddling double negatives and how to reverse the narrative

Dr Cynthia Okpokiri presents her ongoing research to explore how authority figures interact with black children, young people and parents/carers in sectors including education, social work and social care, law and justice, and health care. She does this through exploring narratives of black parents who have encountered authorities from the dual positions of visibility and invisibility. How and why black children and parents/carers have unappealing and dangerous visibility while being invisibilised in constructive discussions and processes in the UK.

Dr Cynthia Okpokiri is a Senior Lecturer and MA Social Work Course Leader at the School of Education and Social Care. As an academic, Cynthia particularly enjoys working with students and helping guide their education and development into social work practice, research and policy. Cynthia is an African British woman who is passionate about both identities. She hopes to inspire black students (and colleagues) to be confident and courageous and to see themselves as having an authentic right of place. Cynthia is a qualified social worker and works closely with local authorities’ children and family services, mostly in Greater London, as part of her research and pedagogy.

Event presented as part of Black History Month.

Event Details

21 October 2020, 18:30 - 19:30
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