London Tech Ladies: How to Think Critically about Race with Elijah Lawal, Author of “The Clapback”
Following the ongoing murders and the many protests against police brutality that sparked outrage across the globe, addressing race inequalities and the differences between white and BAME daily experiences is not just important but also vital.
But let’s be honest, talking about race is difficult. It’s uncomfortable, and can be painful and exhausting.
“I like to use the metaphor of talking about race as going to the dentist – it’s unpleasant, but you have to go, otherwise, things will just get worse”. That’s not from us but from Elijah Lawal, our guest speaker for our September event: How to Think Critically about Race.
Elijah, Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google and author of “The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling Out Racist Stereotypes”, will share his experience and help us understand why it is crucial, before starting any discussion, to first think about how we perceive race: What are the stereotypes we might have internalised? Where do they come from? How can we deconstruct them?
With this event, we want to open avenues for new discussions and hopefully make those conversations respectful and constructive so we can all support each other and push for a more equitable future.
Who should attend?
Anyone from any background, gender identity or industry who wants to empower themselves to better speak out about racism and strive to make a change.
Our amazing speakers:
🎤 Elijah Lawal 🎤
Communications and Public Affairs Manager at Google
Author of “The Clapback: Your Guide to Calling out Racist Stereotypes”
Elijah is responsible for showcasing how Google is helpful through the products and the services that it provides to Google’s various audiences including: everyday users, influencers, regulators and customers.
He is also very passionate about diversity & inclusion, especially getting more diverse individuals into creative industries. He is an author, having penned ‘The Clapback’, a definitive guide to calling out racial stereotypes.
He is also a board member of Creative Access, an organisation aimed at helping young people from black, Asian and other non-white minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, as well as those with a lower socioeconomic status to secure both jobs and paid training opportunities in creative companies.
🎤 Speaker 2 to be announced soon! 🎤