This event is for anyone who feels moved by the powerful testimonies from those who posted on #CharitySoWhite, and accepts that we will never be the sector we seek to be unless we dismantle the structural racism that pervades many charities. Join us at Race to the Top if you want to be at the vanguard of real change in the sector, and are prepared to take action, both individually and in your organisation, to work towards racial equity.Download the full programme here
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This event is subject to a bursary scheme to ensure that BAME colleagues can attend and our audience is reflective of society as a whole.
13 February 2020
8.20AM - 8.50AMRegistration, morning coffee & networkingRegistration, morning coffee & networking
8.50AM - 9.00AMChair's welcome
Derek Bardowell, philanthropy consultant and author, No Win Race
9.00AM - 9.30AMComing unstuck - identifying barriers to progress
We’ve been talking about the charity sector’s shameful lack of diversity for years. Why does nothing change? Let’s zero in on the barriers, so we can figure out how to break them. Is it the fear of a zero-sum game - do white people have to relinquish their power and status for their BAME counterparts to have any? Is it unconscious bias? Fear of saying the wrong thing and offending people, so safer not to engage at all? Is it history, the Empire, white saviour complex, the paternalistic charity model of doing things to people, rather than with people? Are we focusing on the wrong things, on equality rather than equity? If we are stuck, how do we get unstuck and begin to make progress?
Wanda Wyporska, executive director, the Equality Trust, Tom Lawson, chief executive, Turn2Us, Fatima Iftikar, campaign leader, #charitysowhite
9.30AM - 10.00AMCase study: Addressing historical institutional racism at the Westway Trust
The Westway Trust was founded to benefit the community of North Kensington following the construction of the Westway flyover in the early 1970s. In 2018, the new co-CEOs and the board commissioned the Tutu Foundation to conduct an independent review into allegations of institutional racism that stretch a long way back in the charity’s history. The review, which is still ongoing, is intended to give agency to the disenfranchised community and rebuild trust between the charity and its partners.
In this session, co-CEO Alex Russell will outline the review process, the findings and the lessons learned, including an honest appraisal of the challenges faced along the way.
Alex Russell, joint-chief executive, Westway Trust
10.00AM - 10.40AMBetter leadership recruitment and retention
If we are serious about making our leadership teams and boards more diverse and inclusive, what can we do? What recruitment policies and practices can we deploy to achieve real change? And once people are in post, what can we do to ensure they feel included and valued?
Radojka Miljevic and Gera Patel, partners, Campbell Tickell
10.40AM - 11.00AMCoffee and networkingCoffee and networking
11.00AM - 11.45AMAction stations
What can charity leaders do to ensure their organisations do not perpetuate institutional racism, and promote racial equity among their board and leadership team? What commitments should they make, what targets should they set? How can they instil a culture of genuine inclusiveness? What part should lived experience play? How can charities create a pipeline of BAME talent that doesn’t require waiting another generation for leaders to emerge? How can they genuinely shift power to their service users? How important is external expertise? How can their membership bodies help them?
Fatima Iftikar, campaign leader, #charitysowhite, Yemi Gbajobi, chief executive, Arts' Student Union, Asif Afridi, deputy chief executive, brap, and member of Civil Society Futures panel, Anne Fox, chief executive, Clinks
11.45AM - 12.35PMExternal Pressure
What external pressures can be brought to bear on charities by external forces, namely, regulators and funders? If charities are slow to rise to the challenge, or deliberately bury their heads in the sand, is there anything that can be done to force them to change? And - can these organisations realistically apply pressure if they haven’t got their own houses in order?
Neal Green, Charity Commission, James Fitzpatrick, director, Joseph Levy Foundation (speaking in a personal capacity), Lily Lewis, CEO, Bernard Family Charitable Trust, Fozia Irfan, chief executive, Beds and Luton Community Foundation
12.35PM - 12.45PMChair’s closing remarksChair’s closing remarks
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