Read about how we’re taking concrete steps to tackle racism and and support equity, diversity and inclusion, including our progress so far and our plans for the future.

2020 was a tough year for us all. It was also a year where, as a charity, we learnt a great deal. In many ways, we squeezed five years’ worth of organisational learning into one year. 

As we implement our ambitious plans for 2021, we are also determined to continue to improve - and ensure that the 'build back better' rhetoric becomes reality after the pandemic. As highlighted by events such as the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020, equity, diversity and inclusion is an area where our sector can - and must - do better. 

We are on a journey, and we have made progress. We also realise we have much more to do, and that this journey is an ongoing process of embracing change, investing in inclusivity and making space for all stakeholders in the non-profit sector to be heard.

With particular thanks to the hard work of our recently established cross-organisation consultation committee on diversity and inclusion, here's an update on our progress to date.

What have we achieved so far?

  • Refreshed and updated our organisational values and ways of working to reflect our commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Diversified the Board of Trustees through the recruitment of four additional Trustees from different backgrounds
  • Created, and now implementing, a stand alone Diversity and Inclusion Policy
  • Continued to diversify decision making across the organisation by setting up cross-country working groups

What are our next steps?

  • Securing diversity and inclusion training for key staff, with a focus on challenging unconscious bias 
  • Ensuring the UWS Induction process promotes a cross culture understanding and our values of inclusive behaviour, recognising that UWS is a global organisation
  • Revising UWS' 2021-2023 People Plan to ensure it is representative of a global and fully inclusive organisation
  • Investing more in leadership development to enable greater delegation of authority to where we develop and run our schools

We remain committed to further changes in our organisation as we work together to tackle injustice, racism and inequity. We look forward to continuing to learn, improve and encourage others to deliver on a commitment to lasting change - and we invite you, our supporters, to join us in that commitment and to actively hold us to account.

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