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Strategies for change: Beyond the buzzwords

Tuesday 8 February 2021

10:00am - 12:00pm

Online via Zoom

Course leaders: Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Remi Fox-Novák curated by Brenda Rattray


A series of two workshops in which participants will reflect on the changes they believe need to be made in the industry beyond buzzwords like equality, diversity, and inclusion which can become fluffy and ambiguous in meaning. Through discussion, provocation and reflection participants will formulate much clearer and specific changes they wish to make in their institutions/industry, and alongside this, strategies to see such changes through – often a missing ingredient in change-making. It is through strategizing collectively and being specific that we can action change and take the power to make it, into our own hands.

In this session you will 

  • Critically re-assess your assumptions about buzzwords like equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Formulate much clearer and specific aims for change alongside strategies to push them through.
  • Practice collective strategy-making and planning to pre-empt the sorts of responses institutions often have to change-makers.


£25 – Individuals/freelancers; £35 – Organisations with a turnover of less than £100k; £45 – Organisations with a turnover of more than £100k*

*We have a number of bursary places available on our training programme for individuals who have lost income as a result of the pandemic or other circumstances. Please email  with a request for a training bursary.

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan (she/her)

Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan is a writer, poet and educator disrupting understandings of history, race, knowledge and violence. She works to equip herself and others with the tools to resist the oppressive conditions we live in and work towards another reality.

Suhaiymah is co-author of A Fly Girl’s Guide to University  (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), author of Postcolonial Banter (Verve Poetry Press, 2019), and Tangled in Terror: Uprooting Islamophobia (Pluto Press, forthcoming 2022), as well as host of the Breaking Binaries podcast (currently on hiatus). She has essays in I Refuse To Condemn (Manchester University Press, 2020) and Cut From The Same Cloth? (Unbound, 2021) and has written for The Guardian, Independent, Al-Jazeera, and gal-dem.

Suhaiymah’s poetry has millions of views online and has featured across radio and TV stations. She was the National Roundhouse Poetry Slam runner-up in 2017 and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Geography at Queen Mary University of London (2020-2022) and Writer in Residence at the West Yorkshire Playhouse (2021-2022).  She has written plays for The Royal Court, Bunker, and other theatres. (


Remi Fox-Novák (he/him)

Remi’s Linktree

Remi Fox-Novak – Inclusive Practice in Action – Sound Connections Reflections for Think22



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