New think tank on diversity and community engagement launches

Update: A video of the launch event lecture delivered by Lord Ouseley is available below

A new think-tank tackling issues relating to diversity, inclusion, migration, integration, race and religion is to be launched with a lecture by Lord Ouseley who is at the forefront of challenging institutional racism in organisations in Britain and is a former Chair and chief executive of the Commission for Racial Equality.

The new development in the Department of Sociology, the Unit for Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement (DICE), is being spearheaded jointly by Leicester sociologist John Williams and Surinder Sharma. Professor Sharma has worked in the diversity field for over 30 years, gaining a reputation for success and excellence along the way, and is National Director for Equality and Human Rights at the Department of Health.

Lord Ouseley will deliver a lecture on Living in a Diverse Britain: Aspiration, Fears and Different Realities on Thursday 22 October, 6.00pm, at the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre, Fielding Johnson Building, South Wing, University of Leicester. It has already attracted huge support from diverse communities in the city.

The event takes place during national Black History Month and is part of a range of activities organised by the University.

A number of Leicester sociologists are involved with the new Unit: John Williams is  academic lead for the unit, with a number of other staff from Sociology Jason Hughes, John Goodwin, Henrietta O’Connor, Bob Carter, David Bartram, Leah Bassell and Pierre Monforte also involved.

Watch a presentation on Living in a Diverse Britain: Aspiration, Fears and Different Realities delivered by the former Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and member of the House of Lords, Lord Herman Ouseley.