My Journey- 12pm #digimeet for #bameed
Who are you?
I am Amjad Ali, 32. Male. British, English, Pakistani, Muslim. A son of a father, an economic migrant, who arrived at 12, with 18 on his Birth certificate. With a mother who raised 5 children. I am the First Of my family to go to University, and to be involved in a profession.
Around 2 years ago, I recorded this 'rap' about me, have a listen! (haha)
Where are you now?
Where did you come from?
I grew up in Reading, Cemetery Junction. I grew up with my mother and father both telling me to study. But having an illiterate father, and an extremely busy house keeping mother, who would be making crackers for Marks and Spencer's, or packing bags for British Airways in our living room, they couldn't 'help.' They just knew it was important.
To be honest, I have not really achieved that well, academically, I have not really ever worked that hard either. Until recently. I am beginning to do more, in a better way.
How did you overcome any obstacles/barriers?
By being relentless, by continuing to challenge the mould. I have been writing about diversity for years, it was only until @allanag13 challenged me to be active and do something about it, rather than just moaning. We then, together launched #BAMEed, my obstacles, appear non-existent. I am appear privileged. I speak at events, I have twitter followers, I am in a good position, professionally, but this isn't about me. I believe that our students need to know, see, feel and hear that they can achieve. They will do that if they see us doing the same.
What advice/messages do you have for others in the same position?
Follow #BAMEed, speak up. Get involved. Challenge, quietly, with a clear mind, free from emotion, and if like me you then get dubbed the Diversity Police, wear the badge with pride!