Wanted: Members/RGS-IBG Fellows for Race, Culture & Equality Working Group

Left to right: Margaret Byron (Acting Chair), Richard Baxter (Acting Secretary), Patricia Noxolo, Angela Last (Acting Treasurer)

Left to right: Margaret Byron, Divya Tolia-Kelly, Patricia Noxolo, Angela Last

We are currently recruiting staff and student members for a new RGS-IBG working group on race, culture and equality. The group welcomes people who want to work around issues of race, diversity and equality in the academy, and in geography as a discipline, and for people who work on race as a subject.

Key objectives include networking and sharing resources on issues such as diversifying the curriculum, improving mentoring and supporting BME people in universities (students, early career and established academics), and developing closer links and working with secondary and wider education.

Current members include Richard Baxter, Wendy Larner, Tariq Jazeel, Patricia Noxolo, Caroline Bressey, Kathryn Yusoff, Parvati Raghuram, Divya Tolia-Kelly, Margaret Byron, Kye Askins, Angela Last.

In order to join the group, you do not have to be a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers, and you can also belong to other research or working groups. However, to become established as a working group, we will need 20 RGS-IBG Fellows to undersign our proposal. We understand that many people who are involved in research or activism on race matters are also often not fellows, partly because of the society’s colonial connections, partly because of the cost involved in joining the scheme. We currently have a lot of support from the RGS-IBG to address these issues. If you are interested in joining the group, or have queries regarding the group or fellowship, please contact Richard Baxter (r.baxter@qmul.ac.uk).


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