Centre for Leadership, Ethics and Diversity (LEAD)

Community engagement

One important objective of LEAD is to have positive and meaningful impact on society, institutions, communities, and individuals by informing organisational policy/practice and creating advancement opportunity. To this end, LEAD engages with many external agencies and has partnered with various charities and organisations to improve leader and organisational effectiveness, promote social equality, and nurture individual talent and achievement.

The Oakam-LEAD Scholarship

The Oakam Lead Scholarship programme logoWith generous funding from Oakam Bank, LEAD has been involved in the creation of a charity to provide scholarships and bursaries to talented students from socially disadvantaged backgrounds (e.g., low SES, first generation students, BME, recent immigrants). Through these awards, students will receive funding for each of their three years of university plus funding for travel to visit family during holidays. In addition, students will have the opportunity to secure summer employment and year-long placements with Oakam Bank, where they will get hands-on experience in Finance, Marketing, and Management. The first Oakam-LEAD scholarship recipients will begin studying in the 2015-2016 school year. Applications are open.

For more information please contact: oakamlead@sussex.ac.uk

White House Summit on Working Families

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Maria Shriver & Robert LivingstonFormer First Lady of California, Maria Shriver with Director of LEAD, Robert Livingston.

Robert W. Livingston was invited to attend the White House Summit on Working Families. Among the attendees were President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Tom Perez, Political Activist Gloria Steinem, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Former First Lady of California, Maria Shriver (pictured right), and numerous prominent academics, Fortune 500 CEOs, members of Congress, and ordinary citizens. During lunch, Livingston sat next to CEO Mark Weinberger of Ernst and Young. The two have remained in contact and, with any luck, Mark will be delivering a talk at the University of Sussex during the 2014-2015 Speaker Series.

The summit was geared toward gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing working Americans, and women in particular.  Research by Livingston et al. was verbally cited on an illustrious panel comprised of Nancy Pelosi, Debra Lee (CEO of BET), Gloria Steinem, and Katherine Phillips (Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Business School) during their discussion of the challenges that working women face, and the need to have a more diverse and inclusive perspective on gender and disadvantage.





5th Annual Black Youth Achievement (BYA) Awards
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LEAD is proud to be the educational sponsor of the 5th Annual  BYA Awards, an event that celebrates the achievements and contributions of young people of African and Caribbean heritage throughout the country. It is the UK’s only national celebration of Black youth achievement. The BYA Awards serve as a platform to promote positive images and role models within the community and also provide an opportunity for personal, social, and career development through key partnerships with major organisations. Other notable sponsors of the Awards include: Microsoft, British Council, and Cisco. This black tie event will be hosted by celebrity and BAFTA award winner Adam Deacon.  Livingston will be delivering a presentation during the event, which will be held on 23 November at Walthamstow Assembly Halls in London.





Metropolitan Police, London
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LEAD is proud to support the Metropolitan Police of London in its diversity initiatives and strategies. The centre will also host the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe to give a keynote address at the University of Sussex on the challenges and rewards of leading one of the largest police forces in the world in one of the most diverse cities in the world. 

The Commissioner will be speaking at the University of Sussex on the 25 of Feburary at 4pm. 


Forum on Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) in the Academy
BME Speakers

This event was open to students and faculty at the University of Sussex and featured talks by Professor Ann Phoenix from the Institute of Education, University of London; Dr. Carlton Howson from DeMontfort University; and Professor Robert W. Livingston from the University of Sussex. The event was designed to inspire students from BME backgrounds as well as to provide insight and advice to current BME faculty and staff. The event was well-attended