Decolonise UKC to host talk with rapper Lowkey

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Decolonise UKC will be hosting a talk with rapper Lowkey on how universities can improve representation in the curriculum.

The event, which will be held on the 11th of March and will last from quarter past One to 6pm, will involve talks from other decolonise the curriculum branches and will finish with a book launch for one of the Law School's academics, Professor Heidi Mirza.

The Decolonising the Curriculum Project at Kent, led by Dr Suhraiya Jivraj of the Law School, aims to draw attention to the homogeneity of the traditional curriculum. Decolonise UKC argues that the curriculum at universities marginalise historically underrepresented or oppressed groups.

They argue that as well as failing to legitimise the contributions to the thought of many individuals from minority groups, the curriculum does not properly allow for a diverse discourse. The Decolonise UKC campaign argues that not presenting the thoughts and opinions of marginalised groups risks education becoming stale and narrow. This campaign, alongside others such as the School of European Cultures and Languages’ Diversity Mark project, has made a substantial impact already to the curriculum at Kent. For example, the School of English has mandated that 20% of module reading lists must be works by people of colour and 40% women. Other schools like Law and History have also become more inclusive of diverse voices as a result of these campaigns. Decolonise UKC also published a manifesto last year.

In it, they outline research undertaken with 80 BAME Kent students from every School and year of study.

The research involved focus groups and individual interviews with the students, focusing on what changes they wished to see at the University and what they felt their biggest obstacles were. From the research, the Decolonise UKC team put forward a few proposals aimed at improving equality, diversity, and inclusiveness on campus.

As well as highlighting the importance of an inclusive curriculum, the manifesto also proposes measures like introducing a “kaleidoscope” meeting hub on campus for minority students and a Student Staff Forum to discuss EDI-related matters.

If you wish to find out more about the Decolonise UKC campaign, the group asks people to book a place on the event, which costs £5.

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