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The University of Bradford is confronting inequality and celebrating diversity at the 11th Rosa Parks Symposium.


The Centre for Inclusion and Diversity in collaboration with the Equality and Diversity Unit at the University of Bradford and Bradford Council, will celebrate the life of Rosa Parks at this year¿s Symposium.

The annual event reflects the implications of her contributions to the race equality agenda and supports the University’s commitment to confronting inequality, celebrating diversity and fostering greater communication and understanding in society.

This year’s event takes place on December 10 in the Great Hall, Richmond Building, University of Braford. The theme provides an opportunity to focus on the experiences of individuals and communities that have stood their ground and broken away from the norm. The symposium will explore the roles and responsibilities of public sector organisations; facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration on equality and diversity; explore intergenerational issues relating to the achievement of dreams; and identify and discuss strategies and challenges in promoting equality and diversity.

“This year’s Symposium aims to highlight the intrinsic value added to organisations by achieving excellence in relation to diversity and focuses upon practical measures that organisations can implement to achieve this goal” said Professor Udy Archibong, Director of the Centre for Inclusion and Diversity.

Following a welcome by the Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr Joanne Dodds, Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West of England, will make a keynote address at this year’s Symposium. Other key speakers include West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson; MP Naz Shah; CEO of Bradford City Council, Kersten England; and Director of Staying Put, Yasmin Khan.

Participation is free but places are limited and must be booked in advance. For more information and to book a place visit

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