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Counterpoints Arts

Thursday 10 June 2021

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm




London South Bank University






Refugee Week logo - Refugee Week website

As part of LSBU's activity to mark Refugee Week 2021, this event will shine a spotlight on refugees & migrants in the UK - the challenges & barriers many of them face but also their successes & achievement. Some of our staff & students will be sharing their own incredible stories and we're proud shine a spotlight on them in the lead up to Refugee Week.

The London Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) will be joining us to discuss the community toolkit they developed in collaboration with the COMMEET Fellowship for Community Empowerment and a number of other global partners focusing on the wellbeing of migrants & displaced persons. They'll share how the toolkit came about & why embracing refugees & migrants into communities can have huge mutual benefits for society.

We're thrilled to also be joined by two incredible organisations who will explore the current situation for refugees & migrants in the UK as well as what support is available to them and what we can all do to create more opportunities & a more welcoming society for them.

Lambeth Council will be discussing about their initiatives and how they are supporting refugees at a local level and the Refugee Council will be addressing the state of play for refugees nationally.

The theme of Refugee Week 2021 is 'We Cannot Walk Alone'. We hope this event encapsulates the theme and that our audiences walk away feeling inspired by this.

After hearing from our guest speakers, there will be panel discussion to create a space for interaction and shared experiences followed by an opportunity for audience Q&As.

Provisional programme

5pm - Welcome & zoom functionality - Neil Hudson-Basing, Corporate Events Manager, LBSU

5.05pm - Intro & scene setting - Safia Barikzai, Associate Professor, School of Engineering, LSBU

5.10pm - A history of refugees & migrants at LSBU - Ruth Macleod, Data Curator & Archivist, LSBU

5.15pm - Gaim's story - Professor Gaim Kibreab, Course Director for Refugee Studies, LSBU

5.30pm - Ivan's story - Ivan Koula, Consultant, Cloud Technology Consultant at Microsoft & Coach and LSBU Alumni

5.45pm - Promoting the wellbeing of migrants & displaced persons: A toolkit for communities - Ros Wade, Chair, London RCE and Emeritus Professor for Education for Sustainability, LSBU

5.55pm - Supporting refugees locally - Arantza Faiges Hijon, Edge of Care Team Manager, Lambeth Council

6.05pm - Supporting refugees nationally - Andy Hewett, Head of Advocacy, Refugee Council

6.15pm - Panel discussion

6.40pm - Audience Q&A

6.55pm - Closing remarks & summary

7pm - Close

This event will be delivered via Zoom Webinar. The joining instructions will be sent out two days before the event takes place.

You can also see the full list of LSBU's activities for Refugee Week on the following Eventbrite Studio page!