Embedding equality, diversity & inclusion into the curriculum

Funded by and working with Place 21, the FEPD Project is an exciting venture into the development of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) within curriculum areas throughout West Suffolk College. Staff-led project work will be taking place across the academic year – with design, research and implementation happening in diverse areas though all with a singular goal: to support our students and staff in all areas of EDI.

About the project

What is the project about?

The goal of the FEPD Project is to promote and enhance diversity at West Suffolk College and across our groups; to provide support and guidance, and to enable curriculum teams to better understand contemporary issues around Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) – and to plan and develop their own work around these.

Aims and desirable outcomes

EDI ambassadors will work with staff and within curriculum teams to help achieve this goal by:

 

  • Ensuring EDI is embedded into the curriculum for an insightful, enhanced and inclusive educational experience.
  • Setting a high standard and acting as role models for other staff and students.
  • Building a platform to enhance their external collaborations and employer engagement within a range of organisations.
  • Sharing best practice across all educational sectors.
  • Working to positively develop the culture of all sectors to promote more equal, diverse and inclusive spaces for all – and to achieve a shared but thoroughly personal and individual understanding of what this means.

Current successes

What the project is currently achieving

There is already a great deal of excellent and exciting work happening around the college, with much more currently underway. In just the last week we have filmed the first episode of Proud to Be – a series focusing on current issues in EDI, with this episode looking at Trans Awareness. We were lucky enough to be joined by some exceptional guest speakers, including two student representatives.

 

Also happening recently was an excellent discussion centred on World Disability Day. Again, we were fortunate enough to be joined by some fantastic guest speakers who spoke insightfully and passionately about numerous topics around disability, including hidden disabilities.

 

Watch this space for more news and developments!

Research findings

Through surveys and a EDI audit that is being conducted, we will be taking on a student led approach, asking students what areas of EDI they would like the college to focus on.

This will then be fed through within our Podcasts, and our strands. Strand 3 regarding black history, research and Q&A have been conducted to capture the importance and the need for Black History workshops to be captured in subjects.

Ellisha Soanes – overseeing the project and create industry links and planning, for the EDI team to follow.

Mike Opukah – leading on capturing the Podcasts as the host and working with the student EDI ambassadors / media teams and offering learners work experience opportunities in broadcasting and filming.

Isobel Banks – develop additional data, and review how we capture information to reflect the wellbeing of the students. Isobel is be leading strand 2 of the project, reviewing how we capture data.

STEP 1

Staff are invited from different areas of the college to be involved in podcasts and as part of the EDI objectives, will be working across the college, in Black History workshops.

Staff will be invited to be part of FE voices, 1 member EDI steer group across college groups.

Student EDI ambassadors

Journalism students

Guest speakers

EDI host – Mike Opukah

1st Podcast Wellbeing – release in November

2nd Podcast December Transawarness- December

3. Podcast Disability – December

4. Race- January

5. LGBTQIA Plus – February

STEP 2

Sharing these podcasts on the EDI zone and sharing these podcasts/ through the college and additional media. Sharing 45 minute podcast each and sharing this through PD newsletter and the EDI zone, and capturing how many staff are using the EDI zone monthly.

Isobel is reviewing how staff are recording Black History workshops. Working with the curriculum teams and pastoral staff to instruct teams on how too book workshops, how to add these workshops on pro- monitor, add working with admin staff/ work-placement teams on how we can use Grofar – through EDI to capture the impact Black History has had on the learners.

Step 3

Create surveys for learners on the workshops taking place, use the Grofar information, and the EDI newsletter on student voices and the impact.

Start to gather data by reviewing excel spreadsheets on what staff have carried out the BH workshops- to write a report on findings.

Review the staff padlet – on sharing good practices / staff sharing their own EDI areas their teams have worked on.

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