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Rosa Parks (civil rights activist) being fingerprinted by a white police officer after her arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat

Rosa Parks Symposium

The University of Bradford is proud of its innovative, comprehensive and cohesive approach to equality, diversity and inclusion. The Centre for Inclusion and Diversity celebrates the life of Rosa Parks on an annual basis and reflects on the implications of her contributions to the race equality agenda.


  • facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration on equality and diversity
  • explore the notion of belonging in the context of institutional systems and organisational culture
  • explore Inter-generational issues relating to belonging
  • inspire people to cultivate a culture of belonging for their organisation and the society.

Who is the Symposium for?

  • senior leaders and members of governing bodies
  • people and culture directors and professionals, EDI leads and professionals.
  • frontline staff in public, private, voluntary and community sector organisations
  • researchers
  • students and pupils
  • trade unions and other practitioners.

What we did in 2023

2023 was the 19th Rosa Parks Symposium, the theme was “Belonging Here”.

This theme aimed to salute the courage, achievements, and contributions of Rosa Parks. This highlighted the struggle for equity and stressed the need to build a society where everyone is respected and valued.

The discussions at this symposium sought to answer the questions of:

  • What does it mean to belong?
  • How does it feel to be excluded?
  • How can we create a more inclusive and fairer society
Rosa Parks with Dr Martin Luther King jr circa 1955

Rosa Parks with Dr Martin Luther King, circa 1955

I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.

Rosa Parks