Institutional Infrastructure and Its Impact on the Student Experience Through an Intersectional Lens
Oct. 26 | 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Brian Lutchmiah, Piers Wilkinson, Alex Bacon
Committed to raising the profile of Social Justice in Higher Education in the UK and internationally, Diversity and Ability (D&A) will present this session in three distinct parts, with focus on ensuring equity of opportunity and access to education for all, achieving sustainable participation across learning pathways in Higher Education, and inclusive of Student Services offer.
Part 1: Setting the tone of Inclusive Culture
Sharing experience and insight into the responsibilities and behaviors needed to ensure
effective and supportive leadership that fosters an inclusive culture from within, Brian
Lutchmiah, Piers Wilkinson and Alex Bacon will compare and contrast practice across the
UK and US to explore a framework for creating anticipatory spaces that celebrate difference
through an intersectional lens, inclusive of race and disability and LGBTQIA+ communities.
Part 2: Embracing Inclusivity in Service Design and Delivery
Using examples from D&A’s UK work creating inclusive campus environments, Brian
Lutchmiah will share how providers’ systems, practices and community access can span
physical, virtual and academic spaces anticipatorily. He will outline the core principles
needed to ensure services that are high-quality, driven by students’ lived experience and
engagement, and in meeting the needs of diverse student communities with agility, creativity
Part 3: Working with the Student Community
Drawing on their authentic expertise of the student experience, Piers Wilkinson and Alex
Bacon will explore the importance of the student voice in inclusive design. They will unpack
how to foster meaningful consultation and utilize it to design an inclusive culture across
campuses, and how long-lasting narrative shifts and attitudes to social mobility and inclusion
across teaching and learning can be achieved using lived experiences to influence
development and in doing so, authentically reflecting the diversity of student need.
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