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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion - School of Modern Languages and Cultures

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment. We believe that this endeavour is crucial to maximising creativity and innovation in education and research within the School.

Our Values

  • Making anti-racism, religious tolerance, anti-sexism, and anti-bigotry central to a culture of excellence in the School
  • Valuing differences in others and the contribution they make
  • Working and studying within the University on a co-operative basis
  • Demonstrating a commitment to upholding the University's policies on Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Forum

SMLC's ED&I Forum meets regularly to support the School's initiatives in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Its terms of reference are to:

  • Oversee implementation and progress on the School’s Inclusive Education Action Plan;  

  • Raise awareness and advise the School about issues relating to equality, diversity and social inclusion and actions taken to address these issues;  

  • Ensure the School’s SMG, SSLCs, Education Committee, Research Committee and Plenary are active parts of the University’s Social Inclusion Strategy and the School’s Inclusive Education plan by reporting actions regularly and consulting widely with staff and students.  

Chair: Kelly Mayjonade-Christy

Minutes of the meeting of 26 October 2023

DRAFT Minutes of the meeting of 08 December 2023 (subject to formal approval by the forum)

Current Projects and Initiatives in SMLC

  • Student Networks. A team of student coordinators engages groups of students in the following areas: widening participation, Black students, LGBTQI+ students, and disabled students.
  • Staff Pedagogy Reading Group. Meets twice per term to discuss issues relating to pedagogy. Readings have included topics on gender, decolonising the curriculum, pedagogical inclusivity, student wellbeing, and cultural insight.
  • Support for those who have fled the war in Ukraine. Our Russian language team initiated contact with a local Ukrainian refugee community to offer multilingual support. Warwick students in higher level Russian classes are helping Ukrainian refugees to develop their English language skills. One of our Russian tutors works with a more advanced group, using their prior experience as an ESOL teacher to facilitate discussions and exchanges. Along with the University, the SMLC stands with Ukraine.

Many of our SMLC research seminars, workshops, conferences, and modules engage with ED&I as a central feature of cultural and linguistic contact.

Support Services & Reporting