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Cultural diversity in the workplace Identity and culture Anti-racist social work

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20082021

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Overview

Dr Obasi joined UWS as a Senior Lecturer in May 2020. She is the Programme Leader for undergraduate social work. Chijioke joined UWS directly from Northumbria University but she has worked in higher education across a number of institutions and her academic career stretches over 17 years. The majority of her time in HE has been working in issues of equality and diversity both delivering equality and diversity academic content and working as an equality and diversity practitioner. Chijioke is a qualified social worker and also a qualified sign language interpreter.

Chijioke continues to offer the following CPD opportunities that she has designed and delivered to staff in HEIs

Equality & Diversity in the Higher Education Landscape

Rights and Responsibilities under the Equality Act (2010)

Equality & Diversity in the Curriculum

Equality & Diversity and the Changing Higher Education Context

Challenges and Opportunities in HE Equality & Diversity

The following co-designed and delivered CPD offer are particularly relevant to social work practitioners:

Cultural Identities in Social Work 1

Cultural Identities in Social Work 2 (Please note workshop 2 is aimed at practitioners who will be able to apply their learning from workshop1)

Area of academic expertise - outline

Most of my publications are in some way linked to issues of identity and intersectionality but particularly race, gender, disability and cultural and linguistic understandings of Deaf identity. My PhD research looked at experiences of Black women and Deaf women working across a range of organisations mainly in the public sector including: health, education, social care, civil service and social care regulation. Research methodology and the impact of researchers on research outcomes, forms a significant part of the PhD and has led to a number of peer-reviewed papers on reflexivity in research. ‘Africanist Sista-hood in Britain’ is the theoretical framework used in my research and also forms a central part of my research and publications.

Overview

Title of forthcoming paper:  Black social workers: Identity, racism, invisibility/hypervisibility at work

 

Details of current joint research on sign language interpring and translation can be found below:

 

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BSL version is here, via YouTube link: https://youtu.be/0CpheLREd9I (with the translation below)

Hi my name is Robert Adam and I am from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland. Are you training to become or work as a translator or an interpreter? Do you live or predominately work in the UK? If so, we’re asking you to get involved with the Sign Language Translator and Interpreter (SLTI) UK Census. The purpose of this census is to establish a baseline demographic description of the sign language translator and interpreter workforce in the UK. This kind of information can tell us more about how needs are met.

This is an exciting opportunity to help us understand who makes up the UK translator and interpreter community and where gaps or barriers exist. The census is open for 2 weeks and takes between 20 - 30 minutes to complete. To begin the census click here: https://hwsml.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0uoexiZ4yP0yVFj 

Twitter tag: #SLTICensus #SLRPDC @HeriotWattBSL @HW_CTISS @wlv_uni @ @UniWestScotland @ASLIUK @VLP_TerpTweets @NRCPD @RBSLItoday @_scosli @IoCN_1@NUBSLI @Signworldlearn @deafaccesscomms.

Facebook tag: #SLTICensus #Interpretersofcolournetwork #SRLPDC @HeriotWattUni @uniwolverhampton @UniWestofScotland @ASLIuk @VisualLanguageProfessionals @nrcpdorg   @scosli @nubsli @UKCouncilonDeafness @likesignworld  

   

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Keywords

  • H Social Sciences (General)
  • Identity
  • Social Work
  • Black feminism
  • Africanist Sista-Hood
  • Deaf Studies
  • Disability research
  • Reflexivity
  • Racism
  • Diversity
  • Intersectionality
  • Anti-racism
  • Equality
  • Social work
  • interpreting
  • cultural identity
  • sign language

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