Equity, diversity and inclusion: Moving from aspirations to action

Oct 27, 2022 | Diversity

With ISE’s EDI Conference on the horizon, Dr Reena Jamnadas from Cappfinity and ISE EDI steering group member explains why it provides a great opportunity to explore how we move our equity, diversity and inclusion aspirations to action.

As we emerge through the pandemic, our sector has been at the forefront of great strides in levelling the playing field for early career talent.

One of the strongest areas of focus is the adaptation of recruitment and selection processes to create more equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within our organisations. You can read the latest data on this by checking out the recent ISE Student Recruitment Survey 2022.

However whilst this is significant, we’re now asking ourselves questions such as ‘are organisations actually seeing longer-term, sustainable change as a result of these approaches?’

There is clear sense of aspiring to drive longer-term change in inclusive practices across the employee lifecycle, but a lack of clarity about how to get there.

Exploring solutions at ISE’s EDI Conference 2022

This year’s ISE EDI Conference taking place on Tuesday 15 November 2022 is focused on open and honest dialogue about how we can go further in bridging the gap from aspiration to action in EDI for early career talent.

There is a lively, inspiring and engaging line up of speakers. As keynote speaker, we are delighted to have Lee Elliot Major OBE, Britain’s first Professor of Social Mobility, based at the University of Exeter.

Lee works closely with school leaders, universities, employers as well as Government policy makers. He is one of the most prominent public voices in national education debates. Lee’s Penguin book ‘Social Mobility and Its Enemies’ has attracted attention across the world and is widely acknowledged as one of the seminal texts on the topic.

Exploring burning questions

With more than 15 speakers and panellists representing employers, universities and supplier partnerships, we will be exploring platform burning questions such as:

  • Authenticity in assessment – How can we create psychological safety?
  • Hiring for potential – How could this shape your EDI strategy?
  • Neurodiversity – How can we grow neurodiverse talent pipelines?
  • Recruit AND retain diverse talent – What invisible barriers must we overcome?
  • Redefining entry and junior talent – What high-value talent pools are we overlooking?
  • Diversity and tokenism – What do students really think?
  • Students in education – How can we create inclusive cultures for Black heritage students?
  • Artificial intelligence Will AI help or hinder fairness outcomes?
  • Bias – We all know about biases, so what is still getting in the way?
  • Data – Will we look back in horror at our D&I metrics?

 The ISE EDI Conference is an opportunity to meet as peers and change makers across our sector.

This coming together of great minds, combined with rigorous research and science, looks to truly move the dial from aspiration to action in service of early career talent.

Find out more and book your ticket today!

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