Welcome and congrats to the founder members of BASE

"On behalf of our growing community within Black British Academics, I would like to publicly thank Elsa Macharia, Naomi Oti-Sampson and Ray Taiwo (three of of my final year undergraduate PR students at Bournemouth University) for taking the initiative to offer your services to support Black British Academics. I am amazed that you all rose so quickly to the challenge of developing a clear mission for this new network and identifying specific needs of undergraduate and graduate students that this network can meet, based on your own experiences. BASE clearly fills a gap we have had at Black British Academics and it is your acorn for you to nurture and develop – with our full support – so that it will grow into a major community of its own, uniting undergraduate and graduate students within higher education institutions across the UK and become a major movement for change. I am so very proud of you."

Dr Deborah Gabriel, Founder & CEO, Black British Academics

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Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Gabriel is a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University in the Faculty of Media and Communication and during her academic career has lectured in journalism, media, politics, culture and communication. She is concerned with contributing to social change through the innovation of pedagogies of social justice and cultural democracy and prides herself on creative thinking and embedding her philosophy of social justice and equality across teaching, research and professional practice. Her research interests are focused around online political communication, political discourse, raced and gendered constructions and representations in media and popular culture, equality, inclusion and liberation in teaching practice and the dynamics of race, ethnicity and culture in higher education.

2 Comments On “Welcome and congrats to the founder members of BASE”

  1. Elsa, Naomi and Ray, I join with Deborah in congratulating you on developing a much-needed initiative. Your courage and determination to cross thresholds and 'make a difference' is made more pertinent by my recent experience of an undergraduate module where a few students were missing for the first seminar, for which attendance was important for several reasons. On checking their profiles, I noted that they were mainly Black females. I reflected on the extent to which they might be 'setting themselves up for failure' by taking such a lackadaisical approach to their studies, not to mention a showing of contempt for teaching staff and their peers. Perhaps, some may have had justifiable reasons for non-attendance on that day. But, even informing the module leader in advance could have been interpreted as a show of commitment (which very few of them bothered to do). So, continue to buck the 'trend' by growing and developing this network with Deborah and others' support. Know that your actions can have a positive impact beyond that which you may even get to hear about. You are being role models for others, as you have also been inspired by role-modelling in Deborah to keep pushing those boundaries.  Wishing you all the very best, Debbi

  2. Welcome Elsa Macharia, Naomi Oti-Sampson and Ray Taiwo! It's great to see inspiring potential change makers coming on board and expanding the Black British Academics Network. It is truly refreshing and heartwarming to read about undergraduates like yourself focused on shaping a healthy future and wanting to make a significant and positive mark in UK education as you progress through your studies. Wish you all the best as you work towards growing the BASE community within global education communities. In addition to BBA and following on from inspirational Black British academics of the late 20th Century such as the late Professor Stuart Hall, Beryl Gilroy and onto current inspirers of our 21st Century such as Professor Paul Gilroy, BBA patron Professor Kevin Hylton and BBA founder Dr Deborah Gabriel, and  of course all members involved in the BBA. Keep up the inspirational work! Welcome, looking forward to further developments from BASE!   

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