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University hosts an audience with Alyas Karmani

30 June 09

The University of Bradford will be hosting An Audience with Alyas Karmani on Monday 6 July 2009.

The event, part of the 'Faith and the City' programme, has been developed by the University's School of Lifelong Education and Development in partnership with the Bradford District Faiths Forum. This event will see Alyas draw on his extensive knowledge and experience in his talk about 'Muslim Youth and Disaffection'. He will discuss the position and place of young Muslims today and the pressures which shape their perspectives and responses.

Alyas is a Muslim social justice activist who has been involved in anti-racism work since his teens, writing his first paper on racism when he was just 14. The paper explored racism in the criminal justice system, the impact of the Sus law on black youth in London during the 80s and the disproportionate representation of blacks in the criminal justice system. Today he is still active in challenging racism in the criminal justice system.
Alyas has had 20 years of broad work experience. This has involved work in the academic sector, government sector, and voluntary and community sector covering a broad range of social policy issues such as mental health, housing, criminal justice, education, HIV/AIDS, international development and the arts. 

He was the former Head of Race Equality for the Welsh Assembly Government 2003 to 2004, with responsibility for race policy across the whole of Wales, and the lead on refugee and asylum seeker issues, religion and religious discrimination, gypsy traveller issues, and mainstreaming race equality through the functions and operations of the Welsh Assembly Government. 

Currently he is a policy advisor to the Welsh Government on international education, youth development/empowerment and emotional well-being. He also works with London Probation Service in relation to Muslim offenders. Alyas is foundering member of JUST West Yorkshire, a civil liberties and social justice organisation and has formerly worked for the Commission for Racial Equality. 

Raised in Tooting, South London, Alyas moved to Bradford in 1991 where he currently lives in the inner-city. He is married with four children.

The discussion will be held at 6:00pm in the JSB Lecture Theatre, Richmond Building at the University.  Places are free but must be booked. To reserve your place please e-mail or call 01274 395398

30 June 09

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