Event Summary



Date and Time

Tuesday 26 January 2021 (13:00 to 15:00)


Free (£30.00 non-members)

Our EDI Network meeting last term focused on BAME, yet this label is growing in unpopularity.  The problem is that it hides the fact of difference – those different experiences across all the identities it groups together.

Delivered by Vanessa Boon (Lead Difference-Maker/Founder MD of Energise, a gift-work enterprise), this session aims to:

  • Deepen participants’ understanding of 'othering'
  • Show the limitations of 'BAME' data analysis
  • Promote more meaningful language for racial justice.

Vanessa is a highly regarded trainer in the sector who is passionate about people development and diversity. Her community gift-work includes Hope not Hate, youth mentoring and the Human Library – where the books are people and Reading is a conversation and an opportunity to meet the person beyond the label (http://humanlibraryuk.org. She is also award-winning Chair (elected voluntary role) of International Women's Day Festival Derby and Chair, Derby Sound Community Radio - where local communities find their voice: https://www.derbysound.org.uk.

In relation to this meeting’s topic of BAME, Vanessa has co-authored a manifesto with the Black Lives Matter Derby Manifesto team, and we are hoping to include a guest speaker from this team to contribute to the session.  This manifesto addresses issues such as the limitations of the term ‘BAME’ and has been adopted as good practice by other UK cities.

This important topic will be very high on the 2021 EDI agenda, so do take this opportunity to book your place now. Supported by Karen Plowman (Head of Professional Development, Skills and Education Group) this interactive session utilising Zoom will include opportunities for collaborative comments, questions and support.


  • 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.