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.
Visiting Lecturer at the Royal College of Art, Goldsmiths University and the University of London
PhD student at The Open University
After many frustrating years of both learning and then teaching dominant Eurocentric capitalist models of fashion design, I began a part-time PhD at the Open University to investigate ways of teaching anti-capitalist and anti-racist forms of fashion design. As a female of South Asian Indian heritage, I have been inspired by decolonial and black feminist literatures which have given me the confidence to draw on my family histories to practice alternative fashion design pedagogies centred around a politics of love as a tactic to disrupt and replace neoliberal educational agendas.
Student Partnership Co-ordinator
Sociology BA Graduate | International Relations MA
Having recently completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Westminster, Kyra has continued her studies for a Master's in International Relations. As a woman of mixed African-Asian descent, identity work has been a complex task for Kyra, but nevertheless a process that has also inspired her efforts towards creating decolonial and anti-racist tools and spaces in the academy. Approaching her final years in education, she hopes that her work on the project can help to transform the ways we think about and engage with pedagogy at Westminster.
Leverhulme Research Fellow | Visiting Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences
Olimpia (she/her) is a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Westminster. As a white, lesbian/queer migrant, Olimpia’s work has focused on issues of inclusion/exclusion and the transformative potential of queer activism. She is currently working on a project on the global politics of homocapitalism in the Global South, looking at the relationships between LGBT politics and multinational corporations.
University Director of Student Partnership at the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation
Principal Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences
A non-binary queer academic at the University of Westminster, Jennifer has spent the past 20 years in the UK teaching and researching at the intersections of literature, gender studies, queer theory and critical pedagogies. Their approaches to education are also shaped by experiences as a white settler migrant in Canada and by growing up between different linguistic and geographic spaces of ‘home’. These both/and experiences of identity formation have taught them to centre building relationships and sharing stories to develop collaborative analyses. Jennifer loves that the Pedagogies for Social Justice project brings them into contact with other dreamers and co-conspirators for change.
Kate M. Graham
Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre) in the School of Humanities
Director of the School of Humanities New Writing Festival | Co-Director of the Queer London Research Forum
A neurodivergent, queer woman from London, Kate (she/her) is a Senior Lecturer in English Literature (Theatre). She is the co-director of the Queer London Research Forum, is the EDI Lead for the School of Humanities, and sits on the steering committee for Black History Year.
Manvir Kaur Grewal
Lecturer in Law at Westminster Law School
Manvir Kaur Grewal is a Sikh academic, writer, and lifelong learner, with descendants from Punjab. She was a first-generation university entrant, from a low-socio economic background, which meant she found it difficult to navigate the complex dynamics of higher education. Now, in academia, Manvir is mostly interested in socio-legal theory and decolonial thought, with particular focus on if and how the legal profession and higher education perpetuate inequalities. Manvir acknowledges that despite systemic challenges, she is also privileged as a cis-heterosexual, permanent resident in the United Kingdom and a native speaker in both English and Punjabi.
Academic Liaison Librarian for School of Media & Communication
Undergraduate at Westminster
English Literature with Creative Writing
Cheyenne Holborough 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.
Student Partnership Lecturer at the Centre for Education and Teaching Innovation
Lecturer at the Westminster Business School
An Egyptian-German, female, Muslim woman lecturer and researcher at the University of Westminster. Existing at the intersections of what is often socially perceived as contradictory identities – Arab-Western-Muslim-liberal – resulted in a constant process of having to culturally translate her ‘self’, attest the appropriateness of her values and compatibility of her identities. Fatima spent her life between Egypt and Germany and has been living in the UK for the past five years, where she finished her doctorate and is continuing her professional path.
Business Management (Marketing)
Her 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.
Undergraduate at Westminster
English Literature with Creative Writing
Biomedical Science BSc
In her final year of 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.
Multimedia Journalism (Broadcast)
Pursuing her Master's degree in Journalism, Shivangi has always been interested in the fine workings of society and how different communities interact with each other. She believes that the histories and cultural differences do not create a divide but can actually facilitate bringing everyone together to build a better functioning and more tolerant world. Through her work she hopes to bring forth the stories of Asian communities, their sufferings and how marginalisation has changed the course of their lives in order to promote a deeper understanding of the intricacies of their history and culture. Coming from India and being a former student of Literature, she understands the power of narration and the importance of stories in creating an environment that is conducive to growth and positive change. By sharing the experience of her community, Shivangi aims to help build a space in Westminster that will be more appreciative of the differences of various cultures and will serve as an example to inspire students of all ethnicities and social groups.
Lubna Bin Zayyad
Master's of Journalism
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.