Celebrating ethnic diversity event recognises inspirational figures

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Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) members of staff were recognised for being nominated by their colleagues as an inspirational person in their area of work at a ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester’ event on Friday 16 October.

The event was part of Black History Month, which celebrates the heritage, history, arts, culture and accomplishments of people across the African and African Caribbean Diaspora, helping to understand the present through our past.

The list of inspirational figures recognised at the event and the award they will be presented with are:

  • Dr Saeeda Shah, School of Education - (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Professor Neil Chakraborti, Department of Criminology - (Lifetime Achievement Award)
  • Ather Mirza, News and Corporate Events – (Leadership Award)
  • Dr Harjinder Sembhi, Department of Physics & Astronomy - (Inspirational Person Award)
  • Cherese Lewis, Residential and Commercial Services – (Rising Star Award)

The event titled, ‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester: A Story of Staff Experiences’ was introduced by President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester Professor Paul Boyle and involved a keynote speech from guest speaker Dr Jane Esuantsiwa Goldsmith (Honorary Doctor of Laws).

During the event some nominees gave brief talks about their career journeys.

There was also a buffet lunch and networking opportunities, where organisations from across Leicestershire will be promoting their work relating to ethnic minority communities.

‘Celebrating Ethnic Diversity at Leicester: A Story of Staff Experiences’ took place on Friday 16 October between 11:00am – 1:00pm in the Charles Wilson Building, Second Floor, Belvoir Park Lounge.