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Celebrating Black History Month

It’s Black History Month so we’re celebrating Black people in our community who are making history.

Abadesi Osunsade

Congrats to Abadesi Osunsade, recently appointed as Brandwatchs first-ever VP Global Community & Belonging. We can’t wait to see what a difference she’ll make. 

Abadesi is Founder & CEO of Hustle Crew, author of "Dream Big. Hustle Hard" and co-host of the diversity in tech podcast “Techish”. She’s also number 13 in Computer Weekly’s Most Influential Women in UK tech.

Congratulations to Brighton and Hove City Council for appointing Stephanie Prior to aid council decision making and ensure diverse perspectives are heard. Earlier this year Brighton and Hove City Council made a pledge to be an anti-racist council and we look forward to seeing the impact on the city.

Great to see Sunetta Kiarie, who made such an impact at Platf9rm, has joined award-winning global company The Gel Bottle as their new Brand Communications Manager.

Johana RiquierSpecial mention to Johana Riquier, Strategic Partnerships & Business Development at Unity. Since joining the gaming industry, Johana has taken steps to promote and represent minorities in the digital and gaming space. She has worked head on to diversify content, content creators and the community as a whole, bringing awareness of the growing African and Middle-Eastern gaming industry.

And if you’re looking for a Diversity and Inclusion specialist, choose - Yassine Senghor, Marlborough Productions Chair and Stonewall Activist.

 

Does your Brighton Business support Black lives?

As a business leader, you have a unique position and a powerful platform to bring change, and take a tangible leading role in making our city better.

Our Events and Marketing Lead and organiser of SheSays Brighton, Rifa Thorpe-Tracey, has written an open letter, find out what Brighton businesses can do to bring about change, and why. 

Learn more

Activism is not a sprint to a finish; there is no finish, but rather a life-long marathon commitment to showing up every single day. Like running, it requires training and a strategy

- Tatiana Mac

If you’d like to understand more about how tech can be complicit in perpetuating systems of oppression, here are some recommendations of books to read from Tatiana Mac, an American software engineer and product designer who builds inclusive, accessible, and ethical products.​

  • Algorithms of Oppression, Safiya Noble
  • Rage Inside The Machine, Rob Smith
  • Technically Wrong, Sara Wachter-Boettcher

We at Wired Sussex support diversity and inclusion at all levels and we know from working with our members how much value you see in attracting diverse talent and creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive. 

We’re a founding member of The Diversity Working Group here in Sussex for those in the digital sector who are committed to increasing diversity and inclusion, and we have a dedicated toolkit of resources, case studies and best practice to help you support and celebrate diversity in your own organisation.

If you’d like to explore what you can do, or familiarise you and your team with some of the issues in the sector and locally, here are some resources to support you on this journey.

Events this month in Brighton

Brighton & Hove Black History

Brighton & Hove Black History Month is a programme of arts and heritage activities put together by members of the local community which aims to raise the profile of Black and Black and Ethnic Minority experience, heritage and culture in particular (but not exclusively) African-Caribbean arts, culture and history. 

Race equality: Anti-Racism, Allyship and Action
Monday 26th Oct

Khadija Mohammed, Senior Lecturer from the University of West Scotland will give an online seminar with the University of Sussex around anti-racist culture and allyship, providing opportunities to engage in some critical discussions about racism and whiteness. It will be an opportunity to ask questions and share good practice in developing effective allyship leading to tangible actions.

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