The BAME Staff Network, in association with the Centre for Employment and Work (CREW) and Centre for Applied Sociology Research (CASR), are hosting two events to mark Windrush Day. A seminar in the morning will be followed by a cultural festival including first and second generation stories from the Windrush experience, music and stalls.

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From Windrush to Black Professionalism? Insights from the US and UK 10.00 am to 1.00 pm

This is a hybrid event with an online link for those who cannot attend in person – the venue is Greenwich University Maritime Campus (room to be confirmed)

Legacies of slavery and colonialism have shaped Black people’s experiences of work in both the US and UK.  The journey from the plantation to the higher echelons of professional life has been a testament to hard won battles that continue and are thwarted both sides of the Atlantic. This seminar brings together academics and professionals to explore the concept and experiences of Black professionals in the context of the Windrush Scandal and related deportations in the UK, the tragedy of George Floyd’s murder in the US and the current public inquiry examining the events surrounding the death of Sheku Bayoh following an incident involving Scottish police.


Professor Adia Wingfield – Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor of Arts & Sciences and Vice Dean for Faculty Development and Diversity at Washington University in St. Louis. Adia is a Visiting Professor at the Centre for Research on Employment and Work (CREW) at the University of Greenwich. She is winner of the C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems, 2019 and of the 2018 Public Understanding of Sociology Award from the American Sociological Association. Adia’s research explores the impact of race on professionals, she is the author of No More Invisible Man: Race and Gender in Men`s work.

Professor Jason Arday – Assistant Professor in Sociology at Durham University. Jason is a Visiting Research Fellow at The Ohio State University in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a Trustee of the Runnymede Trust, the UK’s leading Race Equality Thinktank. He is author of the forthcoming, Considering Racialised Contexts in Education and Co-Editor of the highly acclaimed Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, Whiteness and Decolonising the Academy with Professor Heidi Mirza.

Pamela Franklin – Founder of the Caribbean Social Forum for ‘the matured children’ of the Windrush Generation. The CSF has won several awards including the Community Organisation for Race, Faith & Religion category at the National Diversity Award in 2017. She has worked with Dr Myrtle Emmanuel of the University of Greenwich on a theatrical production on the working lives and legacy of Windrush Nurses.

Dr Christine Callender, Associate Professor at University College London Institute of Education. Christine is currently the Institute of Education Faculty Lead for the BME Awarding Gap Project and is the co-convenor of the Race and Leadership Special Interest Group of BELMAS. Her research focuses on the broad areas of: ‘race’, teacher education, gender, intersectionality.

Professor Tracey Reynolds, Professor of Social Sciences and Director of the Centre for Applied Sociology Research at the University of Greenwich. Tracey’s teaching and research interests focus on transnational families and kinship networks; constructions of motherhood and parenting, migrant communities, marginalised youths, racialised and gendered identities.  She is the author of Transnational Families: Ethnicities, Identities and Social Capital, with Harry Goulbourne, John Solomos and Elisabetta Zontini. Tracey is one of 45 Black female professors in the UK (out of a total of 21,000 Professors).

From 2- 7pm – And Still I Rise Celebrations: Windrush Exhibition, Advice Centre, Cultural Showcase & Student-led Activities

Join us in the afternoon evening where we have an assortment of activities that fulfils and celebrates the lives and legacies of the Windrush generation and their offspring.

Activities include:

  • University of Greenwich students present their thoughts, views, and ideas on Windrush, it’s legacy and the next steps for the future
  • Stalls showcasing products and services provided by people of Caribbean heritage
  • Caribbean food and drink for everyone who attends
  • Music and singing including a steel-band and DJ
  • An Advice Centre for people who are affected by the Windrush Scandal