Skip to content

About the Staff Race and Ethnicity Network 

The Staff Race and Ethnicity Network is open to staff from all ethnic backgrounds, including staff who are allies. All members of the Network are expected to be supportive of race equality. 

The Network provides safe and supportive space for staff, as well a formal channel to raise issues to the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Group. The Network takes an action focused approach to driving change at St George’s in relation to race equality. The Network will inform and feed into relevant university policies and initiatives where relevant.

The Network also provides a safe space for individuals from ethnic minority backgrounds to come together and raise issues and ideas. This group meet separately to the main Network.  

Staff can contact the Network at 

Chairs of the Network

Click each name below to find out about the Chairs of the Race and Ethnicity Network.

View all Close all
Sheetal Kavia
Sheetal works as an eProjects Manager within Centre for Technology in Education. She has been involved in the race and equality review within St George’s, a member of the Race and Equality Action and Engagement Group, the Black History Month working group and also part of the external Racism and Learning Technologies group.
Michelle Moroney

Michelle is the undergraduate programme officer for Biomedical Science. Michelle is Mental Health First Aid trained, which ties in well with her background in neuroscience. She is a Fair Recruitment Specialist, which is a scheme that aims to create more racially diverse interview panels. Read more about this scheme here.

Michelle is also a member of ESEA Sisters, a community that focuses on connecting UK-based East and South East Asian women, and challenging anti-Asian racism.

Anthony Wilson

Anthony works as a system administrator for the IT Systems Team, within the IT Department. He has been involved in the Race and Equality review at St Georges and a member of the Race and Equality Action and Engagement Groups.  He is also a Fair Recruitment Specialist and member of the Black History Month working group.

Sheetal, Michelle and Anthony are all members of the Race and Equality Action and Engagement Group. All 3 co-chairs have been involved in the 2020 Race Equality review.

Events and activities

Black History Month: Proud To Be

For Black History Month 2021, the Race and Ethnicity Network would like to showcase the work of young Black and mixed race poets, in collaboration with Poetic Unity and Mixed Race Faces. 

Poetic Unity is a Brixton-based charity, whose aim is to give young people a voice and empower them to reach their highest potential. Poetry can be a creative outlet, an educational resource and a mental health tool. 

To read more about Poetic Unity’s work you can visit their website here.

Mixed Race Faces is an organisation that captures portraits and stories of people with mixed heritage. They challenge the definition of the term mixed-race, and help to show how a mixed heritage influences the way they navigate their every-day lives. To find out more information and to read more stories from other mixed race individuals please visit their website here.

Week 1: Joel

Read more about Joel here.

Week 2: Memo

Week 3: Reya

Week 4: Aaron

Previous events and activities

There have been a number of events run by the Race and Ethnicity Network.

You can find out more about these as well as watch recording of previous events below.

View all Close all
Network Launch: How to build an anti-racist universtity
The network’s launch event in September 2020, was focused on how St George’s can become an anti-racist institution. There were conversations about what anti-racism is, the impact of the unjust murder of George Floyd and how crucial is it to have a race and ethnicity network and the importance of safe spaces. 

The discussion was chaired by Michelle Moroney from the Staff Race and Ethnicity Network, and she was joined by the following four panellists:

  • Jason Arday, Assistant Professor at Durham University
  • Hillary Gyebi-Ababio, NUS Vice-President
  • Vanessa Ho, Associate Dean for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Amandip Bisel, Lecturer in Student Success.

Watch the recording of this event here.

Black History Month: Exploring mental health with Nollywood
For Black History Month 2020, the Race and Ethnicity Network held an event around mental health, depression and the challenges Black women face whilst childbearing and the wider effects on family life.

Attendees were given the exclusive opportunity to watch clips from the Nollywood film For Maria Ebun Pataki, which was followed by a discussion featuring:

  • Nadia Denton, Director of For Maria Ebun Pataki
  • Damilola Orimogunje, Director of For Maria Ebun Pataki
  • Ban Haider, Senior Clinical Lecturer in Primary Care Education
  • Paula Cummins, Lecturer in Midwifery

Watch a recording of this event here.

Find out more

Keep in touch and find other information about the network on the MS Teams.

Visit the Staff Networks page for more information about other EDI Staff Networks.

Find a profileSearch by A-Z