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ConveRACEions is a project set up by PhD students in the School. In collaboration with Rosie Stenhouse, our Equality and Diversity Coordinator, this initiative aims to discuss and dismantle barriers to racial equality, as well as ways of moving forward.

With the support of the Social Responsibility and Sustainability Student Project Grant awarded to the ConveRACEions team, this year we are excited to invite monthly guest speakers to give one-hour-long talks on their research and/or experiences with racial and equality issues within (and outside) academia.

The events are open to students and staff across the University and are designed as a safe space to present thoughts and ideas. 

Up and coming

This October, ConveRACEions is celebrating Black History Month! 

Our guest speaker for Black History Month and ConveRACEions’ first anniversary will be Aisha Janki Akinola who will talk to us about her engagement for minority students' welfare and BlackED's journey in getting the 40 George Square renamed. This month's event will include a live interview which will be followed by an open Q&A session. Please feel free to prepare any questions you might have for Aisha beforehand and send them to our email address: or feel free to ask questions as they arise during the event

Aisha is the current Vice President Welfare of the Edinburgh University Students’ Association. She studied her A levels at an all girls school in Ghana which seeks to empower more young girls from across Africa to enter into STEM fields. Having graduated from the school with a fully funded scholarship to study her dream course; Architecture at Edinburgh University, she continues to engage in conversations around equality, diversity and inclusion. She recently co founded the BlackED movement; an organisation pushing for a truly anti-racist culture at Edinburgh university alongside 6 other ambitious black women.

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Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, this group aims to create a space for all of us to learn, discuss, reflect, and actively work towards equality, diversity, and social justice within academia.