*POSTPONED* THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES: Co-POWeR, Cultural Competence and Covid-19

*POSTPONED* THE DIRECTOR’S SEMINAR SERIES: Co-POWeR, Cultural Competence and Covid-19
23 Mar 2022, 16:00 to 23 Mar 2022, 17:30
Online (via Zoom)

​This event has been postponed until next academic year. We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.


Two viruses – COVID-19 and racial discrimination – are currently killing in the UK (Solanke 2020), especially within BAME families and communities who are hardest hit.  Survivors face ongoing damage to wellbeing and resilience, in terms of physical and mental health as well as social, cultural and economic (non-medical) consequences. Psychosocial (ADCS 2020; The Children’s Society 2020)/ physical trauma of those diseased and deceased, disproportionate job-loss (Hu 2020) multi-generational housing, disrupted care chains (Rai 2016) lack of access to culture, education and exercise, poor nutrition, ‘over-policing’ (BigBrotherWatch 2020) hit BAMEFC severely. Local ‘lockdowns’ illustrate how easily BAMEFC become subject to stigmatization and discrimination through ‘mis-infodemics’ (IOM 2020).  
This presentation will draw upon the investigations conducted by Co-POWeR to investigate the combined impact of these viruses on practices for wellbeing and resilience across BAME familiesand communities in the UK. The aim of CO-POWeR is to create an holistic idea of vulnerabilities damaging BAME families and communities. Historical research shows race/class dimensions to national emergencies (e.g. Hurricane Katrina). Co-POWeR’s recommendations will emerge from culturally sensitive social science research on wellbeing and resilience providing context as an essential strand for the success of biomedical and policy interventions (e.g. vaccines, mass testing).  

Iyiola Solanke is the Dean for EDI at the University of Leeds and Professor of European Union Law and Social Justice within the University of Leeds Law School. She is a former Visiting Professor at the Harvard University School of Public Health and Fernand Braudel Fellow at the European University Institute. She is the author of ‘EU Law’ (Pearson 2015), ‘Making Anti-Racial Discrimination Law’ (Routledge 2011) and ‘Discrimination as Stigma - A Theory of Anti-Discrimination Law’ (Hart 2017) as well as many articles in peer reviewed journals. Professor Solanke is an Academic Bencher of the Inner Temple and founder of the Black Female Professors Forum, which promotes the visibility and progress of Black women in academia. She recently chaired the Inquiry into the History of Eugenics at UCL and is currently PI on an ESRC project looking into the impact of COVID on practices for wellbeing and resilience in Black, Asian and minority ethnic families and communities.

Speaker: Professor Iyiola Solanke, School of Law, University of Leeds

Chair: Professor Carl Stychin, Director of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) and professor of law

Image: iStock/urfinguss

Please note that registration for this seminar will close 24 hours in advance. Details about how to join the seminar will be circulated via email to registered attendees closer to the event date.



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