EmbRace is LSE's BME staff network

Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @lseembrace

LSE EmbRace exists to raise awareness of and influence change around culture and diversity issues which affect LSE staff. It seeks to promote mutual understanding through equality, transparency, respect and recognition.

The aim of the network is to provide support as well as development and networking opportunities for all members.

EmbRace is open to all members of LSE staff.

If you would like to join our network and be added to our mailing list, please subscribe below. 


If you're interested in joining our committee or have any other suggestions or feedback, please email us.

Read EmbRace's Black Lives Matter message here and our sponsor, LSE's Chief Operating Officer Andrew Young's statement here.

Black History Month 2020

Visit our webpage for more information about our events and activities for Black History Month.

Upcoming Events

Please make sure you are subscribed to our mailing list to receive information about our upcoming events. 

Ongoing events

EmbRace Bookclub 

We are carrying on reading Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and will be meeting on 02 October, 3pm-4pm.

If you have finished with Americanah and wish to get started with the next one, the title is The Invisible Crowd by Ellen Wiles.

Do get in touch via embrace@lse.ac.uk if you want to join the club or share any interesting finds you might have come across.

EmbRace Coffee Break

The next coffee break will be held on Thursday 15 October, 2-3pm. For further details, please ensure you are on our mailing list to receive invitation emails.

Our Committee:

Read the leaving message from our outgoing Chair Marlene Worrell.

Chair - Maryane Mwaniki

Deputy Chair - Ikenna Acholonu

Events Team - Sonia Gomes, Yvonee Olusoga, Nadia Abukar & Nikita Gibbs

Finance/Fundraiser - Hafeez Olarewaju 

Marketing/Comms - Laura-Ann Royal & Yoshi Shungu

Partnership - Maryane Mwaniki & Ade Akande

Policy - Sam Mejias & Anouska Nithyanandan

Secretary - Fatima Jeetoo

Project Officers - Kojo Apeagyei, Shey Forbes-Taylor & Rochelle Ferreira

The committee is also supported by the following members of LSE staff:

Daniel Beckley

The History of EmbRace

On Thursday 31st March, 2011 EMBRACE held its official launch. The Chair of EMBRACE, Daniel Beckley, opened with a heartfelt speech, outlining how the group was formed and arrived at this point, the dedication and commitment of members and its hopes for the future.

Professor George Gaskell, Pro-Director (Research and Planning) welcomed everyone to the event.  He spoke about diversity initiatives at the LSE and the School's stance on equality and diversity issues. He also spoke about the new Equality and Diversity Ad-Hoc Committee, how and why it was formed and its membership. It was encouraging to hear that the School looks on equality and diversity with such positivity and importance, and the progress being made in these areas at LSE.

The evening's keynote speaker was the Honourable Mrs Justice Dobbs. Justice Dobbs is an LSE alumnus and member of the LSE Court of Governors.  She holds a number of honours which include being the first black person to be appointed a high court judge in the UK.  Her speech focused on the Equality Act 2010; its background, importance and place at LSE. She spoke of how encouraging it is to have a network of this nature at LSE, and the importance of networking and mentoring amongst peers, which is very much at the heart of EMBRACE's ethos.



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