LIFTING THE BARRIERS TO BLACK ACADEMIA

Black Academia Series, Vol. 2, 2024

LIFTING THE BARRIERS TO BLACK ACADEMIA THROUGH DECOLONISATION AND POSITIVE ACTION — POLICY ROUNDTABLE REPORT

By L’myah Sherae and Rhiannon Llystyn Jones

Edited by Dr Leona Vaughn, Malik Al Nasir and Dr Rebecca Loy

This roundtable report follows a series of panel discussions titled “Barriers to Black Academia – Slavery, Colonialism and the Case for Reparative Justice,” held online during 2021. Hosted by the Centre for the Study of International Slavery at the University of Liverpool, these symposia began on Slavery Remembrance Day (23 August 2021) and continued until the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade (25 March 2022). 

The discussions explored the underrepresentation of Black academics in UK higher education, its impact on students, and necessary reparative actions. Themes from these symposia were compiled in the report “Barriers to Black Academia – Slavery, Colonialism and the Case for Reparative Justice, Black Academia Series, Vol. 1, 2024.” 

A subsequent roundtable, co-convened by Malik Al Nasir and commissioned by Professor Philip Taylor from the University of Bristol, examined the legal and policy solutions to these barriers. The goal was to identify strategies for universities and higher education providers to promote racial equity and combat racism and anti-Blackness. 

This report synthesises the insights from these events, offering a blueprint for fostering an inclusive educational environment where all students and academic staff can thrive.

The report is free to download.

Cite as: Sherae, L., Jones, R.L. (2024). ‘Lifting the Barriers to Black Academia through Decolonisation and Positive Action’ Policy Roundtable Report, ed. Vaughn, L., Al Nasir, A. M., Loy, R., Fore-Word Press. Black Academia Series, Vol. 2, pp. 1-92. Available at blackacademia.co.uk/lifting-the-barriers-to-black-academia