Information on the EREN Team and how to join the Network
The EREN Team
rashné limki, Co-Convener, Edinburgh Race Equality Network
I am Lecturer in Work and Organisation Studies in the Business School. My journey here started as an engineering student (Mumbai) turned politics student with legal aspirations (Oberlin, Ohio) turned race and ethnic studies scholar (San Diego, California) turned management researcher (London). It has been a convoluted journey but somehow makes perfect sense. Along the way, I have picked up a love of writing, and held onto a commitment to justice. At Edinburgh, I am co-founder and co-organiser of the Womxn of Color Network as well as Migrant Officer for the UCU. My commitment to the project of racial justice motivates me to work through both, community-building and strategic institutional intervention. In the past few years, EREN has played in strong role in getting the University to make bolder investments in race equality and anti-racism and I am keen to drive this work further.
David Creighton-Offord, Co-Convener, Edinburgh Race Equality Network
I am a Senior Information Security Consultant working as part of the Chief Information Security Officer’s team. I joined the University of Edinburgh in 2017 having jumped ship from a nearly decade long career working with the UK Government. I want to ensure that mixed race identities and smaller ethnic minorities don’t get lost in the noise as can happen when debates on race come up. This is probably best communicated as a view of “none left behind”. As a convenor of this network, I want to create a supportive environment for the BAME community, creating safe spaces to facilitate conversation, education and challenge stereotypes.
How to Join
Membership is open to any member of staff who supports the values and purpose of the network. We aspire for a good balance of academic and support staff, at all grades with representation of men, women and different ethnic groups. Members must maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information and are expected to make a meaningful contribution to the group.
Members are encouraged to attend events organised by the group. Now over 100 members and continue to grow.
To join or for news and events email:
EREN is affiliated with two additional race networks in the university. EREN is a staff and Postagraduate Research (PGR) Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) network that is also open to allies who do not identify as BAME; our two affiliate networks are only open to staff and PGRs who do identify as BAME:
The Womxn of Colour Network welcomes all staff, including PhD researchers, who are women or gender minorities of colour at the University of Edinburgh. The primary purpose of the network is for us to be in community with each other, to decrease the sense of dispersal, and to form a critical mass. We get together approximately once a month and also have an active virtual space to exchange ideas and information, and to respond to individual and collective needs as they emerge. Please note that we strive to be a safe and comfortably space for trans women, non-binary people and other gender minorities. To join the network please e-mail: email@example.com
The Staff BAME network welcomes all Black, Asian, minority ethnic academic and professional staff, including PhD researchers, at the University of Edinburgh. We provide a safe space for the BAME members to share their challenges, experiences, and stories. We also aim to improve BAME members’ engagement within the higher education system through a wide range of activities that foster support for one another and celebrate BAME members’ achievements. We work collectively to strive for racial equality and justice at the University and beyond. To join the network, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.