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Brian Ruane Lecture on Human Rights and Human Rights Education
Policy windows or open doors? How does anti-racism get into education?

Dr Lucy Michael

While education is often espoused as a solution to racism, efforts to create anti-racist education systems often meet with great resistance. Racism is reflected in and reinforced by our education system in a wide variety of ways, and only an explicit effort to address systemic discrimination will reduce the complicity of our education system in its reproduction. Drawing on the experiences of students and teachers in Ireland of trying to address racism, Dr Michael explores the extent to which the Irish education system appears open to those explicit efforts towards change. How well are the systemic effects of racism understood, and addressed, in state and activist responses to racism in education? And why are we seeing such slow progress in key areas, despite the availability of international good practice to follow?

Dr Lucy Michael is a sociologist and consultant on equality, diversity and integration. She has 18 years experience working with ethnic minority and migrant groups to address racial discrimination and inequalities in a wide variety of contexts. She is also a Commissioner on the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission.

Dec 9, 2021 06:00 PM in Dublin

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