The first of a new series of online Jesus College discussions called ‘What Really Matters’ -  targeted at school students, teachers and wider audiences  - took place last Friday 12th June.

What Really Matters aims to engage people in some of society’s most pressing issues through discussions with high-profile speakers in related subjects. It has been devised by Patricia Daley (our Vice Principal, Equality & Diversity Fellow and Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford), Paulina Kewes (Professor of English Literature and Fellow), Dr Brittany Wellner-James (Director of Development at Jesus College) and Dr Matthew Williams (Access Fellow).

Forum panelists

The first event was a Forum on Race and Education, which explored some of the key issues around race and education in the 21st Century.  It was hosted by journalist and broadcaster Samira Ahmed with a panel that included Adrian Clarke (Careers Leader, Ernest Bevin College), Clare Williams (alumna in English of Jesus College) as well as Patricia and Paulina.  

The discussion covered the role of education in bringing about societal change in the UK, anti-racism in the context of white privilege and what needs to happen now to bring about racial equality? The black experience participants gave moving personal testimonies of their journeys and the audience of nearly one hundred people were able to ask questions.

A video of the Forum is now available to watch here.

Information on the next discussion in the series will follow soon.  

Find out more about Equality & Diversity at Jesus College here.