Event Summary



Date and Time

Tuesday 11 May 2021 (13:00 to 15:00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

We know that language is constantly changing and evolving, and the previous meetings of this popular network have focused on the use of the ‘BAME’ label and its inherent limitations.  This online session utilising Zoom will include an opportunity to re-cap key messages and to share implementation, ideas and the challenges we face when we try to have courageous and compassionate conversations about language for racial justice.

EDI leaders are often asking the vital and uncomfortable questions, sharing critiques of the status quo and proposing change, which can lead to defensiveness, privilege-fragility and tricky reactions. Assertive compassion and flair can overcome people's reluctance, push-back and attachment to the familiar comfort-zone, and this practical session led by popular trainer Vanessa Boon (Chartered Member CIPD and Lead Difference-Maker/Founder MD, Energise), will explore tools, techniques and tips to conduct these challenging conversations with increased confidence.

Vanessa (she/her) is a passionate advocate of EDI and an experienced EDI specialist trainer; she is also involved in community gift work including Hope not Hate, youth mentoring and various social justice projects.

In the spirit of networking and collaboration, there will also be time to share experiences with colleagues about what works within organisations to engage departments and work-strands to become genuinely anti-racist, both in their practice and the experience they provide for staff and students who have lived experiences of racism.



  • How can I access the event?

    All joining instructions will be sent a day prior to the session taking place and you will either be able to join us online, or by dialling into the session.

    If you have any questions or do not receive any joining instructions please call us on 0115 854 1626.