2023 ACEN Annual Anti-Racism Conference

The ACEN annual Anti-Racism Conference is the only school-focused anti-racism event designed and delivered by students and teaching staff.

Date: Friday 17th November 2023
Location: City of London School, 107 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 3AL

09:00 – 16:00 – Teaching Staff & Heads
16:00 – 20:00 – Students (Y10-13)

Three years on, since our initial anti-racism conference held at Dulwich College, and St Paul’s School in the following year, we have taught tens of thousands of teachers and students and collaborated with schools on a large number of anti-racism/EDI initiatives. Whilst our expertise is in anti-racist strategy, our learning journey has been getting to know you, the schools structurally. As such, we want to use this year’s conference as an opportunity to share what we have found to be the largest strategic omissions and revisit the fundamentals by re-centering student and teacher voices of lived experience. Our aim is to encourage attendees to think about the work they have undertaken to date, the order in which they have prioritised this work, explore where some students feel they have been forgotten in these efforts, and examine why some EDI efforts have seen little to no progress.

Event address:
City of London School
107 Queen Victoria St

As ever, our conference is tailored to EDI leads and those with safeguarding responsibilities. However, time and time again we find ourselves engaging with dedicated staff members who, unfortunately, have limited ability to impact these issues structurally. As such, we are offering discounted registration to multi-ticket registrations that include Heads. Repeatedly, we receive feedback highlighting the authenticity and unique voice we bring to this space so we really want to encourage those in power to engage with a perspective that they may not otherwise get the chance to, for the benefit of all students.

Similarly, with students being the focus of the conference, we will also be running an evening component for them. The aim is for them to be inspired, share, network and interact with corporate partners offering world experience, graduate schemes, and other initiatives specifically for African Caribbean heritage students, in acknowledgment that these students are underrepresented in these spaces. We are asking schools to cover the cost of attendance for these students, and we are capping attendance at 6 students per school in years 10-13.

For more information contact aisha@aceducationnetwork.com

Start End Session Title Speakers/Facilitators Location
9.00 9.30 Registration with refreshments Main Hall Foyer & Main Hall
9.30 09.40 Welcome Mark Wardrop, Senior Deputy & Timi Dorgu, DEI Governor at City of London School Main Hall
09.50 10.05 Open ACEN Main Hall
10.05 10.50 Keynote A deep dive into bias & adultification Jahnine Davis, Director of Listen Up Main Hall
11.00 12:15 Workshops Why anti-racism efforts are failing  Dr Enya Doyle, Inclusion Consultant & former Director of Inclusion at Highgate School | David Mulae, Assistant Head Pastoral & EDI Lead at Cranleigh School | Monia Zahid, Head of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Haberdashers’ Boys’ School | Aisha Sanusi, Director of ACEN  Main Hall
What we ‘really’ want you to know Justice Aina, Facilitator of ACEN & ACEN’s Young People’s Advisory Group  Asquith Room
12.15 13:15 Lunch
13:15 14:30 Workshops Why anti-racism efforts are failing  As above Main Hall
What we ‘really’ want you to know As above Asquith Room
14:30 15:30 Presentation  Deconstructing and understanding the backlash on EDI and anti-racism Gardy Guiteau, Program Director of Glasgow Caledonian New York College | Tyler John, Head of DEI, St Paul’s School | Aisha Sanusi, Director of ACEN  Asquith Room
15:30 16:00 Open forum Questions throughout the day All presenters & facilitators Main Hall
Timetable – STUDENTS
Start End Session Title Speakers Location
15:30 16:20 Student registration & corporate exhibitors  Atrium
16:30 17:00 Keynote George the Poet Main Hall
17:00 18:20 Panel Talk Personal insights, career advice, and why we recognise community  Kwesi Bimpong, Co founder of the Black Apprentice Network & Degree Apprentice at Goldman Sachs|
Sagan Daniels, Youth, Inclusion and Community Programme Director and Co Founder of the Rugby Black List 
Abimbola Johnson, Human Rights Barrister and Chair of the Police Independent Scrutiny & Oversight Board 
Lavinya Stennett,  Founder & CEO of The Black Curriculum 
George the Poet 
Main Hall
18:20 18:30 Close Main Hall
18:30 20:00 Networking, corporate exhibitors with canapes Atrium