Singapore’s Social Experiment Key To Economic Success

This article was originally posted on Forbes

Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam stated of their current diversity policy for housing that “As a result of this policy Singapore has long enjoyed the benefits of an integrated society where citizens of all races live and work together. Citizens are also free to practice their religion and culture without fear of prejudice or persecution.” However are Singapore’s diversity […]

Racial Biases in Recruitment

Many organisations are promoting diversity throughout their workforce to create a competitive edge in the market. However, there are questions as to how bias in the recruitment and selection process hinders an organisation’s efforts. Snéha Khilay discusses bias in the recruitment and selection process, and its effect on organisations who are trying to achieve a competitive edge with reference to some thought provoking cases.

Muslim multicultures by Runnymede Trust

The Runnymede Trust has recently launched a new report entitled ‘The New Muslims’, edited by Claire Alexander, Victoria Redclift and Ajmal Hussain. The report explores the wide range of Muslim identities and cultures. The report is accompanied by a short film ‘Muslim Multicultures’ which you can watch in this post.

September 11th, 2013|BME, Islam, Race, Religion|0 Comments|

What’s in a name: identity, acceptance and racism in multicultural Britain

If you have a ‘foreign-sounding’ name, you’d be all too familiar with people regularly mispronouncing your name or even refusing to use your name. Snéha Khilay was in a similar situation recently. Here she reflects on how far multicultural Britain has come if people still have discriminatory attitudes towards names.

LSE GROUPS: Political engagement of ethnic minorities in Tower Hamlets

The LSE GROUPS initiative, designed and coordinated by Claire Gordon and Jane Pritchard of the TLC’s educational development team, forms part of the School’s Maximising Your Potential programme of events. LSE Group Research Opportunity Undergraduate Projects (LSE GROUPS) brings together undergraduates from across the School in mixed-year, mixed disciplinary groups to carry out a research project, including writing a paper and presenting it at the final conference. The aim of LSE GROUPS is to provide undergraduate students with an experience of conducting a social science research project in groups around a different theme each year. This year the theme was ‘Diversity: London/LSE’. Eleven groups from 13 departments spent the last two weeks of summer term working intensely and enthusiastically on a wide range of questions.

One group conducted their research on the involvement of ethnic minorities in local politics within the London borough of Tower Hamlets. The creation of a Political Participation Index (PPI) indicated that respondents from a White British background were more politically engaged. However, South Asians have a greater voter turnout rate in local elections. Interviews with local council workers and councillors suggested that various policies that cater for the community as a whole (‘universal’ policies) and for the ethnic groups (‘specific’ policies) try to foster participation. Survey results suggest that their implementation has had limited success. In this post, the group spells out the research.

Workshop on ‘Faith on the campus’

The Teaching and Learning Centre at LSE is running monthly equality, diversity and inclusion workshops for staff. The first session in the series, to be held on 24 September and delivered by LSE’s Chaplain and Interfaith Advisor, looks at faith on the campus.

Portrayal of Muslim female athletes in the media: Diversity in Sport

Much has been made of the participation of the first Saudi woman in Olympics, with discussions on the headscarf and its compatibility with international sport. While it is an important debate, the media has completely glossed over the participation of many other Muslim women in London 2012. Sertaç Sehlikoglu argues that this is because non-stereotypical images of Muslim women puzzle the male colonial gaze. In this post, she aims to propound a more comprehensive understanding of the debates on Muslim sportswomen.

Kick racism out of football: Diversity in Sport

Racism in sports, especially football, is one of the most discussed topics of our time, John Terry’s acquittal being the most recent controversy. ‘Kick it Out’ is the leading football equality and inclusion campaign. In this post, we talk to Richard Bates from Kick it Out about the potential of sport to bring about a social change.

July 31st, 2012|BME, Islam, Race, Religion|0 Comments|

Through the eyes of a modern Muslim woman

Aisha Farooq writes about her experiences of being a modern Muslim woman in Britian. She criticises the media for stereotypical representations of Muslim women in burqas and deliberates on what repercussions this has on her identity.

Reflection on celebrating the festive season at work

Not sure whether it’s appropriate to wish a certain colleague ‘Merry Christmas’? Not too keen on ‘Happy Holidays’? Find out what Sneha Khilay has to say about celebrating Christmas at work, how to make everyone feel included and what kind of language to adopt.

January 4th, 2012|Culture, Religion|0 Comments|

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