DSD Open Lecture Series

Do Something Different (DSD) is excited to present the first ‘DSD Open Lecture Series’ which starts on 5 May at 4pm and finishes on 18 May. The theme of this first series is Race and Diversity, and we have invited all academic staff to contribute to the programme, thus giving you a wide range of talks and workshops to get involved in.  

Dr Mena Fombo will join us to kick off the series with an exciting new talk, ‘Playing the game, whilst breaking all the rules!’, sharing her story of becoming an activist, learning the rules of the game for survival, only to then break the rules for success. Discussing themes ranging from racism and sexism to power and privilege, Dr Fombo will also be taking your questions.  

There are 10 talks over two weeks, with lectures covering various topics surrounding the theme of race & diversity. It does not matter if you are not familiar with the specific subject, hopefully afterwards you will have gained an insight into a different area or enhanced your understanding if it is within your subject.

Staff are more than welcome to come ot these events. 





Playing the game, whilst breaking all the rules!
Dr Mena Fombo



Dr Mena Fombo will join us for an exciting new talk sharing her story of becoming an activist, learning the rules of the game for survival, only to then break the rules for success. Discussing themes ranging from racism and sexism to power and privilege, Mena will also be taking your questions.

White Mirror – Reflecting on Whiteness, White privilege and becoming anti-racist
Dr Sarah Brownsword



Using examples from the world of education, this lecture will explore how looking in is as important as speaking out in becoming anti-racist.

How do we write when we write about race?
Dr Naomi Wood



This workshop is an exploration of how Creative Writing can help us understand our racial identities. Through (anonymous!) writing exercises and examples from authors writing today, we will look at how fiction can explore the experiences, sensations and situations of living in racialised bodies and relationships, no matter what your background. This workshop will be taught by Naomi Wood, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Mental Health in Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic Communities
Jumara Stone



Discuss with other BAME students the impact of cultural influences when talking about mental health and learn why we need to tackle the cultural stigma.

When racism, poverty, power and prestige collide in Social Work education and practice



The words, “Sorry, you’re not ‘Black’ enough” painfully reminded me of the domineering presence of institutional racism. Positioned at the intersections of race, gender and social class, this talk draws on Critical Race Theory’s counter-storytelling, using autoethnographic research to critically reflect on my trajectory as a working class, ‘Mixed’ race female student studying at a prestigious ‘White’ university in South Africa and employed in England as a social worker. Revealing painful experiences of microaggressions and overt racism in social work practice, this talk furthermore highlights celebratory moments of good practice, academic success and individual resilience.

* This lecture is based on a journal article that has been submitted to the Journal of International Social Work.

Science through the ages - scientific breakthroughs made by women or people from ethnic minorities



Every year we hear who wins a Nobel prize and we know that these scientists have made important discoveries and well deserve this prize. However, there are many scientists, whether they are male or female, white or from an ethnic minority background who haven't received a prize like this and in some cases their contributions have been brushed over. In this lecture we explore the stories of some of these people who have been largely forgotten and celebrate the diversity of the scientific community.

Decolonising Covid: Institutionalised racism in the NHS response to Covid-19
Dr Katherine Deane



A series of marginal losses in the quality of care people of colour received from the NHS healthcare system have led to the increased impact of Covid-19 in these populations.

Mental Health First Aid for BAME Students
Jumara Stone - SOLD OUT



This course is FREE and available to any student who identifies themselves as being black, Asian, or other ethnic minorities;. By completing this this course you will achieve a Mental Health First Aid qualification certificate.

Responsibility and ethics: how should we live together?
Sam Rajasingham and Ben Carpenter



Race and gender are some of the ways we make people into “others.” Othering can be a source of identity as much as oppression. What does philosophy have to say about what it means to be an other and what does it mean to live with others?

Creativity in Decolonising Language Teaching
Dr Marián Arribas-Tomé



Teaching Spanish can and should rely far less on textbooks and more on teachers creating their own fit-to-purpose and tailored resources. This would facilitate a better representation of less-visible communities and issues, and rapid educational responses in the form of content-creation that teaches language at the same time that teaches about issues that matter to students and society.