Alumni Educate on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

On Monday 4 October three Old Carthusians joined us for an Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) & Careers panel. 

Around 150 pupils and staff attended with questions posed by pupil members of our EDI Steering Group and Unity Society about experiences of EDI at School, university and the workplace.

Panellists, Nana-Ama Asabre-Adegbite (G09), Charlie Mole (P07) and Paris Aboro (g06) spoke of the harmful impact of thoughtless and discriminatory behaviour on self-confidence and self-esteem, whether or not they are directed at an individual or simply witnessed. They spoke about instances that may lead to disciplinary action in the workplace. Panellists’ suggestions of effective ways to combat discrimination and support people included:

  • be curious to learn about each other
  • be yourself
  • have a diverse staff and student body and role models
  • say when you are not happy about something – it is like flexing a muscle and gets easier with practice
  • have allies amongst peers, to feel supported even if you are not ready to report a concern
  • have groups and societies for those with protected characteristics, such as Unity, Afro-Caribbean Society, Pride Society and International Action Committee, all at Charterhouse
  • ensure people know how to report concerns and the institution’s response
  • pupil and staff training on discrimination, protected characteristics and unconscious bias

Pupil, staff and Old Carthusian feedback was very positive. Attendees reported feeling that former pupils’ comments encouraged them to be themselves and speak out. People also felt a strengthened commitment to being careful with their behaviour, supporting others and not tolerating negative behaviour. The School plans to organise an EDI panel of Old Carthusians for staff later this academic year. You can read more about our EDI strategy and progress here.