Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity update

December 18, 2020

New partnership to inform CHEAD EDI programme.

Shades of Noir: Knowledge Exchange Centre for Race and Practice-Based Social Justice are pleased to announce their recent partnership with The Council for Higher Education in Art and Design (CHEAD).

“We are delighted to work with Shades of Noir to inform and drive us to recognise and address racism across our sector as we strive to act for structural and sustainable change. Our partnership with Shades of Noir provides a framework to advocate for anti-racism social justice across art and design disciplines within higher education. We need to be challenged by working with such a leading and respected organisation who, through their expert critique, are enabling our Board of Trustees and Directors to develop approaches which will have wider impact across our 66 member institutions.”

Sandra Booth Director of Policy Council for Higher Education in Art & Design (CHEAD) 

CHEAD is a representative body for the art and design higher education sector HE A&D. Its mission is to contribute to the development of the art and design community, it’s standing and stature as well as its engagement with the outside world (Overview | Council for Higher Education in Art & Design, 2020). Shades of Noir who is a global leader in social justice advocacy will spearhead new initiatives informed by their unique emancipatory approach to consultancy.

Emancipatory Consultancy will begin in 2021 and will include workshops, policy review, strategic planning and support through a series of mentorship opportunities.

The partnership may lead to further collaboration with members of the Shades of Noir creative and educational practitioner community to develop projects and explore inclusionary objectives.

“I am delighted to announce our strategic partnership with CHEAD, the representative body for the art and design higher education sector. With over 66 institutions in its membership, the partnership aligns Shades of Noir’s significant contribution to the field of intersectional anti-racism initiatives rooted in the creative sectors and the aims of CHEAD to ‘contribute to the development of the Art & Design community’.  Shades of Noir will continue to identify innovative approaches to partnerships that enable us to maintain our criticality of the sector with purpose towards social justice.”

Aisha RichardsDirector Shades of Noir, Center for Race & Practice-Based Social Justice

Shades of Noir – The Centre for Race and Social Justice has been committed over more than a decade in making significant progress to increase diverse representation and inclusion within organisations and improving access, awareness of social justice pedagogy and spearheading change. Shades of Noir (SoN) actively encourage organisations to engage in activities that are mutually beneficial. Not only do SoN create space for individuals, teams and collectives to consider how they can do this, SoN expertly supports them to build capacity to become the changemakers within their fields. 

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