School of Health in Social Science


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. 


Nini Fang and Sarah Liu presenting: Critical Conversations: Being Yellow Women in Times of COVID-19

April 29 4pm

​​​​​​​​​​​Drawing from feminist and critical race theories, this conversation unfolds the experiences of two Yellow migrant women living and working in the U.K. in times of COVID-19. Started with a brief explanation of what it means to be Yellow, we share our experiences of being perceived as hysterical and our fear of being ridiculed and harassed in the beginning of the outbreak. The conversation further examines the racialized discourse surrounding face-covering and anti-Asian racism in both the private and the public spheres. We then conclude by discussing our transformation in times of crisis. We also emphasize the importance of (re)claiming our Yellowness and link such an empowering act to standing in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. 

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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.