Welcome to the 58th episode of the Diverse Minds podcast. This is the first episode for Black History Month 2020. It is also Dyslexia Awareness Week, which runs from the 5th to the 11th of October 2020. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to talk about neurodiversity, race and culture. In order to help me do this is an expert, colleague and friend Jannett Morgan. 

Listen to the episode

In today’s show, we talk about:

  • About my guest Jannett Morgan. [00:55]
  • How Jannett began working in the area of neurodivergence. [03:28]
  • The differences between the terms neurodiversity and neurodivergence. [06:44]
  • Intersectionality and neurodivergence. [11:35]
  • What workplaces can do to support staff who have neurodivergent conditions more effectively. [20:33]
  • Three things that organisations can do to make Black History Month more authentic. [27:54]

About my guest

Jannett Morgan is a teacher, trainer, consultant and coach with over twenty years’ experience working in further, higher education and commercial sectors. She has designed and delivered inclusive leadership development programmes in higher education and third sector organisations. 

Currently, Jannett is the Associate Programme Director for the Diversifying Leadership Programme. This is Advance HE programme for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) employees. Jannett’s unwavering focus is on the empowerment and promotion of talented individuals from marginalised and under-represented groups. 

Prior to this, from 2008-10 Jannett was the London & South Associate Regional Manager for the Network for Black Professionals (NBP). NBP was a national social justice organisation supporting Black professional to excel and shine. 

She is a member of the Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education, as well as a British Dyslexia Association-accredited workplace practitioner. Jannett has tutored at several London universities. She works as a neurodiversity consultant in the workplace. In 2019, Jannett delivered the “Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic and Dyslexic” course on behalf of Aspire2inspire Dyslexia. She regularly delivers her “Neurodiversity: why race matters” presentation for practitioners. She is currently writing a book to support people of African heritage who are also dyslexic, which will bring together the theme of neurodiversity, race and culture. 

Quotes about Neurodiversity, Race and Culture

  • I wanted to make sure that my own child would thrive in the UK education system.
  • People have the right to self identify.
  • When we talk about neurodiversity, we do mean everyone, but it’s a recognition that there are some people on this spectrum who will present and learn differently to the way most of us do.
  • I’ve always been interested in what happens when discrimination on the grounds of visible difference, and in this case, race or ethnicity intersects with discrimination on the grounds of hidden difference.
  • There’s also an element of Black History Month that is an invitation to try and do better.

Connect with my guest

Jannett Morgan on LinkedIn and Twitter.

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