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IEDP Issue 95                                                                              October 2021

A word from the Chair

Hello everyone,

I hope that you’ve all been well over this last month, especially as we start heading further and further into the winter season.

October has been a busy month launching with black history month and breast cancer awareness month…and ending with Halloween and the beginning of the pivotal COP 26 climate conference. Phew! lots of food for thought.
It’s also been a month where we’ve seen Covid 19 cases rising exponentially coupled with  the rollout of the booster program, it’s hardly surprising with all of these things going on that so many are feeling a degree of anxiety that they never felt before.
Ultimately there is no magic solution to these various challenges….so we just have to face all of these hard truths and find our own ways to contribute to creating change by taking small steps in the right direction.

If any of you would like to contribute an opinion piece please send us an email at


Denise Rabor, IEDP Chair 

P.S. Please don't forget to follow us on Twitter and join the conversation on Facebook. Also please check you are in our new Linked In group - i.e. the one called Institute of Equality and Diversity Professionals - not the old one (Institute of Equality and Diversity Practitioners)

The Good Ally by Nova Reid

“The Good Ally is an urgent call to arms to become better allies against racism and provides a thoughtful approach, centering collective healing, to do so.

It is a book for those against persistent racial injustice, hungry to expand their knowledge and understanding of systemic racism in Britain and beyond. It uncovers the roots of racism and its birthplace, anti-Blackness.

It is for those who not only want to be able to better recognise both subtle and overt forms of racism in action, to examine their powerful role in it, but who want to know what to do about it. The answer often lies within.

With a dose of self interrogation and a whole lot of courage, The Good Ally is the answer to ‘what next?’”

Find out more

Three Ways To Use Self Care To Support Effective Leadership

"In leadership, especially servant leadership, we sometimes end up putting ourselves last thinking we are sacrificing to make people, our team, our own leadership better. What I realized is that self-care, and doing these three things a day, allows you to excel at being the best at what you should do."

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Shortlisted nominees for The National Diversity Awards 2021

The National Diversity Awards – a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

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Redefining a post-pandemic world Part four of four in a four-part series

The International Labour Organisations states that employee wellbeing relates to all aspects of working life, from the physical environment to how employees feel about their work, and the climate at work.

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No one should ever have the power to choose when discrimination is OK

People with disabilities shouldn’t have to be exceptional in order to be accepted. 

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Female-led businesses have closed the gender funding gap in GreenTech

In the run up to COP26, a new industry report reveals that female-founded businesses have now closed the gender funding gap in GreenTech1

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Neurodiversity in technology: Are businesses missing out in key talent?

Through Tracie's own journey, she's seen firsthand the challenges that people with neurological variations like autism face on a daily basis, but perhaps one of the biggest hurdles is overcoming society’s underestimation of this incredibly gifted population.

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Legal CORE: Law firms collaborate on major ethnic diversity initiative

The first leadership-led, cross firm collective aimed at improving the representation of black, Asian and minority ethnic groups has been launched in the UK’s legal industry.

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The importance of using inclusive language – Fahad Saeed TED TALK

In this passionate talk, diversity trainer and activist Fahad Saeed addresses the persistent myth that inclusive language and acronyms create more barriers than they tear down. Sharing his own experiences as a gay Muslim man born to immigrant parents, he explains how redefining the constructs around personal identity can have positive repercussions in marginalized communities and beyond.

Watch here


Researchers found that job candidates who have “distinctively Black names” have a lower probability of hearing back from companies they applied to than job candidates who don’t.

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And finally...

We hope you enjoyed reading this newsletter and would welcome any feedback or suggestions about how we could improve it for the benefit of our members. If you have any ideas for future editions or would be interested in writing an item for the next issue please contact the IEDP office on: 

The deadline for contributions to the next issue is 15 November 2021. Please circulate this newsletter to anyone who may be interested in our work or who may wish to join the Institute.
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