Akala leads ‘Why Race Matters in Liberating Education’ panel at #SU16

Wednesday 06-07-2016 - 11:38

Day two of Students’ Unions 2016 kicked off this morning with a panel discussion on ‘Why Race Matters in Liberating Education’ featuring acclaimed hip hop artist, writer and educator Akala.

Preceded by a performance of ‘Fire In The Booth’ by our surprise guest speaker Akala, this morning’s opening plenary also boasted Adam Elliot Cooper from StopWatch and Samayya Afzal, from the Liberate My Degree and Students Not Suspects campaigns.

Adam, a recent PhD graduate from Oxford University, firstly shared his views on policing policy in neoliberal Britain with attendees before Samayya addressed concerns with the government’s controversial ‘Prevent’ duty.

Opening to the floor, the panel then fielded questions around the roles of students’ unions in supporting existing campaigns such as ‘Liberate My Degree’ and more broadly, how Higher Education and Further Education institutions can eradicate attainment gaps and barriers to study.

Twitter reaction to the panel:

Not in Liverpool for Students’ Unions 2016? You can follow all of the action on social media using the hashtag #SU16


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