Dr Margaret Kadiri
In my view, the StellarHE programme is innovative in the way it equips ethnic minority academics and professional services staff in Higher Education institutions with the competencies to draw on our diversity as a leadership strength and to implement strategies that reflect our unique challenges and experiences in navigating our environments to enable us to optimise opportunities and fully realise our leadership potential. To this end, it provides transformational leadership training, networking opportunities and targets capacity building.
Are there one or two key learnings from the programme that you’d be willing to share?
The programme is one of self-discovery, development and growth. Personally, it has enabled me to become more aware, as an ethnic minority academic, of the additional distinctive qualities that I bring to my profession, and this has empowered me to move forward in my career journey while remaining authentic.
Two of the many key learning points so far from the programme that I would like to share are drawn from the danger of a single story and the urgency of intersectionality, two exceptional TED Conference talks that are pre-workshop preparatory materials for the programme, and I would encourage everyone to watch them in their spare time. The first point is on the importance of diversity for building our experiential knowledge of people and communities, and the second, is the need to emphasise that under-representation is not a blanket or homogenous phenomenon but exists across different planes.
How can other SGA colleagues enrol in StellarHE / can you recommend next steps?
Each year, the College funds a number of places on the programme as part of its commitment to race equality and to provide a valuable opportunity to develop racially diverse talent. Professional services and academic staff can apply, and places are awarded on a competitive basis. More information on the programme, the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be found on the King's StellarHE intranet page.