Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessibleMaya Angelou
Equality. Diversity. Inclusion. These words can be incredibly powerful if used for the constructive betterment of all. Yet they can be equally destructive if used as box-ticking exercises with no substance to them beyond being seen to be “doing something”.
These words underpin my professional and personal values through and through, and while I might not always get things right, or not understand something fully, I strive to represent, elevate and defend those who are underrepresented and isolated within my various communities.
Currently, I am the Secretary for the University of Cambridge LGBT+ Staff Network. I am also a co-founder of the Cambridge University Libraries LGBTQ+ staff group CamLibQ+.
I regularly advise on improving and developing inclusive practices, and mentor colleagues in the development of accessible and inclusive resources and services. I also recently completed two pieces of research as part of my Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on the topics of decolonising the curriculum, and inclusive formative assessment in one-shot teaching.
I also leverage my senior position as a member of the University of Cambridge to support student initiatives and vote in favour of motions that will radically improve the student experience. I am also involved in staff initiatives such as the Cambridge University Libraries Leadership Network where I hope to advocate for better structures that will improve the working lives of my colleagues.
Feel free to email me about equality within education and librarianship and we can talk.