Kent receives Diversity Award from Medway African and Caribbean Association

Sam Wood
52 awards were distributed over the evening.

The University has been formally recognised for its support of championing diversity, receiving an accolade from Medway African and Caribbean Association (MACA).

MACA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to promoting an awareness of African and Caribbean Culture through arts, educational and social programmes in Kent and Medway, awarded Kent a Diversity Award at its annual award ceremony on Saturday 23 October.

Kent has been working with MACA through public engagement activities, including exhibitions on the huge contribution that Black people have made to the economic, cultural and political life of Kent and Medway. Joint activities between the University of Kent and MACA also include seminars on hate crime, a regional conference on knife crime, and hustings for Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Professor Alex Stevens, Director of Public Engagement and External Relations at Kent’s Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice has been working with colleagues and MACA to boost awareness of the work that the Association is doing.

Professor Stevens said: ‘We are delighted to win the Diversity Award this year. The work that MACA is doing for the benefit of its members and the wider community is making a real difference, and we are proud to be working with them to drive this further.’

Carol Stewart, Chairperson of MACA, said: ‘This award is very well deserved, and we are really proud of our relationship with the University of Kent, and look forward to more exciting initiatives to ensure that diversity is well represented across all sectors. The work the University has done and continues to do with regards to addressing inequalities and integrating diversity into the curriculum and driving up achievement in particular of Black students is something to be proud of.’

The University received the accolade from the Medway African and Caribbean Association.