2022 EDI Conference
Friday 17-18 June
Following on from the success of the 2021 EDI Conference, we're back for another year to hold the second Students Association Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference.
EDI runs through everything the Students Association does, and we want to continue to develop
Running from 17-18 June, the conference sees a variety of events for all students who are interested in developing their understanding of equality, diversity and skills on becoming the best active ally they can be for a range of groups.
The conference is run specifically for OU students.
Friday 17 June
Accessible Benefits session
Friday 17 June, 10.00am - 11.30am, MS Teams
Grow your understanding of the complex web of funding and support options available to you whilst studying if you have a disability or accessibility need. Our guest speakers from Diversity & Ability and the OU’s Disability Support Team will shed light on the ins and outs of Disabled Students' Allowance, how other benefits may get impacted by your course and what support the OU can offer you.
E D I at the Open University with Professor Marcia Wilson
Friday 17 June, 12.00pm - 12.30pm, MS Teams
The Students Association and Open University endeavour to ensure EDI is implemented into everything they do. Dean of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professor Marcia Wilson will speak on what the OU are doing and how E D I is being implemented.
Adobe Connect and accessibility workshop
Friday 17 June, 1.00pm - 2.00pm, Adobe Connect
Meet Senior Product Development Manager for the OU Zoe Gipson to develop your understanding of Adobe Connect, how to use it, and the accessibility functions of the programme to ensure you can get the most out of Adobe Connect.
E D I at the Students Association
Friday 17 June, 3.00pm - 3.45pm, MS Teams
Hear from our very own Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Team, including Patrice Belton, Vice President EDI, about the work the Association and students do to ensure EDI runs through everything they do.
Allyship and Equality Panel
Friday 17 June, 5.30 - 6.30pm, MS Teams
The Students Association have a variety of groups and students from minority groups with lived experiences, stories and tips that could help you better understand others and beginy our journey of active allyship. Join your VP EDI Patrice Belton and a panel of students who will bravely tell their stories and discuss ways you can champion people from different backgrounds.
Saturday 18 June
Refugee Students and Education
Saturday 18 June, 10.00am - 11.00am, MS Teams
In this session we aim to give an insight into refugee experiences, by introducing intersectional barriers experienced by students at the Open University (OU) and the wider Education sector to; help bring attention to refugee students, celebrate their successes and to misspell common myths and unhelpful assumptions through discussions, an interactive activity and storytelling in collaboration with the OU Students Action for Refugees (OSTARs) Club.
Active Allyship workshop
Saturday 18 June, 12.00pm - 3.00pm, MS Teams
Please be advised this session is a workshop and therefore has a cap of 40 attendees that will be granted on a first come, first served basis.
We want you to be able to ensure you have a variety of information and tools to equip yourselves to be better allies for others. Join Diversity, Equality and Inclusivity Consultant Chikere Igbokwe to develop your understanding of allyship and diversity, and how with more work, you can work towards equality within the Association, OU and day-to-day life outside of your studies.
This session is perfect for all students.
Demystifying neurodivergence: Student insight session
Saturday 18 June, 4.00pm - 5.30pm, MS Teams
A relaxed and informal workshop to explore, celebrate and discuss neurodiversity. We will bust myths, challenge our thinking, and find out where you can access support at the OU, Association and beyond.