The whole day event brought together many distinguished panellists from both in and outside of Kingâ€™s to shareÂ their experiences of inequality in the academic workspaceÂ as a result of being a woman of colour.
The audience also had the chance to ask questions to the speakers regarding anything from the language surrounding the matter of race, to the particulars of their research and careers.
There was a goodÂ student presence at the event, showing the growing awareness of key issues surrounding race and genderÂ amongÂ Kingâ€™sÂ students.
Here is what the panellists had to sayÂ on the day:
Professor JoanÂ Anim-Addo:
â€œThis event is particularly important because first of all, itâ€™s an initiative thatÂ has come from the student bodyÂ and,Â secondly, it starts the kind of dialogue that offers such a rich exchange, which can culminate intoÂ change.â€
Professor of Caribbean Literature at Goldsmiths University;Â Panellist on BME Women, the Body and Institutions
Â Dr Deborah Gabriel:
“ThisÂ platformÂ isnâ€™t actually hereÂ for me to reach out to students of colour; to tell them how to function successfully within a racist system. Thatâ€™s whatÂ the organisationÂ Black British Academics is for.â€
Lecturer in Marketing Communications at Bournemouth University; Panellist on BME Women in Academia
“If it was somebody else, they would offer it (the money) to them, but me -being a woman of colour-Â I have to ask. And this sort of thing happens all the time.â€
Lecturer at the University of the Arts London and artist; Panellist on BME Women in the Arts
Dr Angela MartinezÂ Dy:
“The internet isnâ€™t something that is inherently liberating. Itâ€™s not something that is separate fromÂ society, but embedded within it.The internet isÂ notÂ neutral and can be used in a variety of ways:Â both to resist and enforce these challenges faced by BME women.â€
Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University;Â Panellist on BME Women in Tech
“I felt so privileged to hear so manyÂ incredible women speak today. The quality and depth ofÂ the conversations that were exchangedÂ were amazing and inspiring and I really hope that the work we’ve begun with this project continues on in the future.”Â
President of KCL Intersectional Feminist Society