Inequality and Discrimination: How we must talk about intersectionality - Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust

1:30pm - 2:30pm / Thursday 10th May 2018 / Venue: Lecture Theatre B Central Teaching Hub
Type: Seminar / Category: Department
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Please join us at the launch event for the School of Physical Sciences Equality & Diversity Seminar Series. In this series, we aim to discuss issues relating to equality and diversity as inclusively and broadly as possible, examining how the different barriers that people face can intersect with each other, and exploring how we can change our School culture to improve the experiences of everybody.

We are delighted to welcome Dr Wanda Wyporska, Executive Director of The Equality Trust, to deliver the first lecture in the series, entitled “Inequality & Discrimination: How we must talk about intersectionality”.


For years, we have worked in equality silos, with very little interaction. We cannot ignore the effects of economics on equality, nor the effect of equality on economics. In this seminar, Dr Wanda Wyporska will bring draw upon insights from her work in both areas, to stimulate discussion about what needs to be done to make society fairer.

Speaker Biography

Dr Wanda Wyporska, FRSA is Executive Director at The Equality Trust, where she leads the work of the organisation in its mission to improve the quality of life in the UK by reducing social and economic inequality. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of York. In her previous role, she established a vibrant equalities function at the Association of Teachers and Lecturers, founded the Safer Schools Network and led the union's work on anti-bullying, child poverty, social mobility and violence against women and girls. Between 2006-2012, she worked with business and trade unions at unionlearn, the TUC’s learning project, funded by governments of all hues. She is a trustee of Schools OUT UK, the Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) and Gingerbread.

Wanda was a Starun Senior Scholar at Hertford College, Oxford, where she was awarded a doctorate in European History and subsequently published her first book, Witchcraft in Early Modern Poland 1500-1800 in 2013. It was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. She has spoken at various literary events, conferences and seminars and regularly comments in the media, having appeared on BBC Radio 4's The Moral Maze and on BBC 1's The Big Questions.