Belonging PART 2

#bameed

WHY AM I SHARING THIS?

Because since #womened I have become a stronger, more empowered version of my old self. I have become a better version of me. Was this a conscious decision? No. Has the change been good? Yes.

But more significantly, since the launch of our Diverse Leaders Programme and #bameed I have learnt even more about myself through others.

I, Hannah Wilson, the white woman who has curated a programme for BAME educators, delivered a TEDx on Diversity and taken on 1200 educators in Banff about the lack of diverse representation has grown by working with a group of 50 inspiring BAME leaders. 

What have I learned through developing others?

That everyone wants to included.

That everyone wants to be valued.

That everyone wants to have  a sense of self-worth.

But not everyone is included, valued and feeling worthy which leads to low self-esteem and disenfranchisment. 

I knew the shared narratives of the #womened   community as I have trod that path. I didn't know the common experience of the #bameed  community; I still am only scratching the surface, but by creating a safe space for personal and professional growth I have been privy to some deep journeying work.

I now know what it is like to be a #HeForShe in a room of women. I am used to being the only white woman in the room. Have I felt isolated, helpless, disempowered? No. I have felt very privileged to witness the journey our Diverse Leaders have gone on? Yes.

Questions I am still working through AS I CHALLENGE MYSELF TO CONTINUE TO GROW AS BOTH A HUMAN AND A LEADER:  

What are my biases and how do I acknowledge them and work within that frame? Am I in denial and ignoring my privilege? Do I have a sense of entitlement? How do  I support #BAMEed without speaking on behalf of people? How can I keep the door open to ensure that we keep welcoming diverse educators into the profession? How can I ensure that we invite diverse leaders to the party and to sit/speak at the table?

I have more questions than answers at the moment, but I will continue to contribute to the conversation because:

"The idea of belonging shouldn't be considered a privilege only for some, it should be considered a human right for all".

Because at the end of the day, we want all want to hear:

"You are accepted. You are loved. You are chosen". 

As a profession we are this voice of acknowledgement, tolerance, acceptance and recognition for our students. But just as we focus on student wellbeing at the expense of staff wellbeing,  as a profession we are also guilty of  focusing on student representation and identity at the expense of our workforce's. 

The DFE Diversity Grants, Runnymede Report, #BAMEed launch are all steps in the right direction and today's #digimeet has been enlightening. Thank you all for sharing your stories and for helping the profession to grow & learn.

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Hannah Wilson

Hannah Wilson

Headteacher Designate | DfE Coach | #WomenEd Co-Founder | SLE | NPQML/SL facilitator | NPQH | Governor | Leadership Matters Ambassador

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Comments

Martha Da Costa-Sherwood Martha Da Costa-Sherwood @dacosmeconsult 2 months ago
Yet another great post. Questioning your own bias and privilege whilst those that need it and challenging others. Happy to be in the same tribe fighting the same battle.
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Anoara Mughal Anoara Mughal @ano 2 months ago
We all want to hear positive inclusion messages but the sad reality is that we don't. Being Asian, Muslim and Female is one of the hardest things. However, with brave and inspiring leaders like yourself questioning the lack of diversity, we continue to have hope. Thank you @misswilsey.
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Suzie Happy Suzie Happy @suhappyness 2 months ago
You empower others Hannah and this is evident in your blogs. Thank you for sharing
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Parm  Plummer Parm Plummer @parmplum 2 months ago
Hannah, you are inspiring. I hope that, one day, I will be able to lead in such an inclusive and honest way.
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