The following tool is currently in production and will be structured as an A-Z list of terminology that offers definitions, historical context, further reading, and guidance on using terms associated with race and coloniality. This glossary is dedicated to students and staff interested in further developing their knowledge and pedagogy by recognising how terms impact their own and other’s lives in the context of academia.
Hafsah is a British Asian, Muslim women who has always had a key interest in decolonising work. Hafsah is in her third year studying Sociology and since coming across the Eurocentric nature of the higher education system in the UK, she has often challenged and questioned the curriculum. Hafsah wishes to understand and explore different perspectives in the future by working alongside non-profit charities who support and raise concerns about injustices in society.
Cheyenne is a British Caribbean student entering her final year undergraduate studying English Literature with Creative Writing at the University of Westminster. Over the years, she has found that studying English has never been relatable to her as the literature studied was never from the black perspective. Cheyenne hopes to not only change things on her course but for the entire university so that all the people who feel like her can be heard.
Lauren’s Lebanese/Irish background and her interest in their histories have largely contributed to her fight for a voice as she empathises with the strength of their civilians to stand strong during difficult times. Lauren aims to combine her degree with humanitarian work in the future in the hope to improve third-world countries in the economic, political and social sense. As well as this, she is a strong advocate for women empowerment in which she strives to work with women who are underrepresented, specifically in the Middle East, where they continue to be treated as inferior to their male counterparts.
Lubna Bin Zayyad
Having recently completed her Master’s of Journalism degree from the University of Westminster, Lubna seeks to explore stories that are reflective of her passion for culture, history and the everyday lived experience. As a Canadian of mixed heritage (half Arab and half Indian), her ethnicities inform many of her own experiences, especially that of belonging, identity politics, and identity creation. She aims to continue searching and writing stories that seek to connect people and deconstruct colonial, racists and limiting beliefs especially in the areas of the Middle East and Islamic history. Lubna brings a cultural anthropology, historical and digital media background to the definition of colonization.
Having completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Westminster, Tino intends to continue her career in the world of biomedicine and healthcare. Tino has a keen interest in merging all disciplines and a belief that multiple perspectives are key for social progress. Born in Zimbabwe; she has been inspired by the voices of black writers and academics, taking inspiration to make science anti-racist and accesible. As a young woman navigating identity, in her final year she aims to draw on her own personal experience to create tools that forge a safe, open and de-colonial space at Westminster.