Past events

ROTA AGM 2018/19 and "Tackling Informal Exclusions" Conference

On Monday 20th January 2020, ROTA held its Annual General Meeting for the financial year 2018/19 at Resource for London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA.

Following our AGM, a special conference on "Tackling Informal Exclusions" saw over 70 people in attendance.

Conference key note speakers included:

Dan Rosenberg, Simpson Millar Solicitors - Dan is a Public Law Solicitor, working across a wide range of areas in Education Law, with extensive experience challenging informal exclusions carried out by schools. Whitney Crenna Jennings, Education Policy Institute Alex...Read more

Avocado+ Funders Den 2019 hailed as a great success

This year, the Avocado+ event was held in the prestigious surroundings of London’s Living Room at City Hall on 4th October 2019.

The idea of the event was for six small Black, Asian, Minority-ethnic and Refugee (BAMER) charity and voluntary organisations to pitch their business ideas to the representatives of funding bodies assembled on the night – in a similar style to the BBC TV programme the Dragon’ Den. The organisation with the presentation that appealed to the panel of funders the most, would be awarded a package of assistance.

The event was hosted by the Deputy Mayor...Read more

Active Lives, Healthy Minds - End of project conference

Active Lives, Healthy Minds was a a three year (June 2016-2019) refugee-led mental health and wellbeing project in West London run by Race on the Agenda (ROTA) in partnership with Account Trust (Nepali community organisation), Network of Eritrean Women UK, Qoys Daryeel – Family Care (Somali community organisation), the Tamil Community Centre and Ilays. The project was funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and aims to improve mental health and the wellbeing of members of the Eritrean, Nepalese, Somali and Tamil communities.

On the 27th of June 2019, we concluded our Active...Read more

ROTA AGM 2017/18 and "Brexit for BAME Britain?" conference

Following our Annual General 2017/18 on 22nd November, ROTA held a special conference on "Brexit for BAME Britain?" The event saw the launch of our research briefing on the potential impacts of Brexit on Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities. The event was streamed live on twitter and our youtube channel.

The conference was chaired by Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor for Integration, Greater London Authority (GLA).

Watch the full conference here:

See the running order and speaker bios...Read more

Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say

Hardly Hard to Reach: We Are Having Our Say - was the title of a major consultation event which took place on 12 June 2018 at CAIA’s Hayashen Centre. Attended by over 50 people to express their views on the development and updating of Equality Objectives (EO) and Equality Delivery System (EDS), a statutory obligation designed to help CCGs commission and deliver the right services and reduce health inequalities.

The event was organised as a grass root community response to the eight NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCG) in North West London (Ealing, Harrow, Hounslow, Hammersmith...Read more

Institutional Racism and the Mental Health Act Review conference

On 1st June, Suman Fernando and ROTA presented an Institutional Racism and the Mental Health Act Review conference, hosted at University of East London. The event showcased ways of counteracting institutional racism in mental health services by promoting culture-change in professional practice and safeguarding human rights of people who use mental health services or are caught up in the mental health system.

The day featured talks, workshops / panels for professionals and users / survivors of the mental health system on ways of counteracting institutional racism in mental health...Read more

BMER Young People Together for Employment Rights

Workshop 2: Aik Saath, Slough

More than a third of BMER workers in the UK have faced bullying, abuse and racial discrimination by employers, while BMER young people in particular are much more likely to be underemployed and to find themselves in precarious employment (such as zero hours contracts) subject to short-notice hour-reductions. These worrying facts together with the fast-rise of increasingly complex and devious employment practices have informed our objective to address the knowledge-gap BMER young people face upon entering employment and to provide them with the tools to empower themselves and their...Read more

ROTA AGM 2016/17 and "Race, Identity and Belonging" Conference

On 26th February, we held our AGM for the financial year 2016/17 followed by "Race, Identity and Belonging" conference with over 50 people attended, despite the cold weather.

We were joined by Afua Hirsch, a writer, broadcaster, barrister and human rights development worker of Ghanaian, English and Jewish heritage. Afua spoke about Race Equality in the 21st century and her new book "Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging". Attendees had the opportunity to buy the book and get it signed by Afua.

You can buy the book...Read more

Book Launch: Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology by Dr Suman Fernando

On 17th January 2018, Race on the Agenda and London Metropolitan University presented the launch of Dr Suman Fernando's recent book - Institutional Racism in Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology: Race Matters in Mental Health .

Dr Fernando is an Honorary Professor at London Metropolitan University and formerly consultant psychiatrist in the NHS.

The event was chaired by John Gabriel, Senior Professor at London Metropolitan University, who is the author of Whitewash: Racialized Politics and the Media, as well as co-author of Race and Power: Global racism in the twenty-first...Read more

ROTA's 20th Anniversary Event

Year 2017 was ROTA’s 20th anniversary year and to celebrate we held a special Anniversary event at the House of Lords on 30th November 2017.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy think tank set up in 1997, devoted to issues that affect Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in London.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) was originally established in 1984 as Greater London Action for Racial Equality (GLARE) as a membership organisation. Our functions were to provide infrastructure support to London’s Race Equality Councils (RECs) and work closely with the Commission for...Read more