British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Race Equality Review

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Arday, J., Craig-Atkins, L., Faillace, K., Filipek, K., Hullock, K. M., Lee, M., Redfern, R., Watkin, T. and Williams, A. 2021. British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology: Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Race Equality Review. United Kingdom British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology.
AuthorsArday, J., Craig-Atkins, L., Faillace, K., Filipek, K., Hullock, K. M., Lee, M., Redfern, R., Watkin, T. and Williams, A.
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Abstract

Racism continues to be widespread, subtle and often ignored or selectively attended to within organisations. This review sought to evaluate the British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology (BABAO)’s existing race equality practices, to further support its movement towards becoming an antiracist organisation. The review arose from a commitment by BABAO to interrogate its current structures and redress problematic cultures within the organisation, following a member of colour expressing concerns. In itself, this provides an encouraging example both of the reflexivity of the organisation and the power of a single voice.
Through focus groups and surveys, insights were gained with regards to the organisational culture and in response to issues concerning equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI), particularly regarding the need for BABAO to become a more racially literate organisation. The review attempted to
glean members’ understanding of anti-racism and how some cultures within the organisation may be racially exclusive or marginalising. In addition to this, the reviewers engaged with stakeholders about where areas could be improved within BABAO in continuing their work towards becoming
a racially cognizant organisation. Responses gleaned from the focus groups and survey questionnaire distributed to members revealed that BABAO as an organisation has made some
tentative first steps towards race equality, but has some way to go. The paucity of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic members made gaining perspectives a challenge in relation to experiences of racial discrimination. In itself, this is an indicator that inclusion is an area for growth and reflection. Other key findings included issues with reporting structures and governance processes, with a need for strong and courageous leadership to drive forward conversations around race and racism; a need for training and work to improve racial literacy of the organisation and its members; and a lack of engagement and participation from current members in EDI issues. Nevertheless, the review also indicated that the organisation has made significant strides towards establishing anti-racist practices and are working diligently to engage all members in this endeavour. To this end, the conclusions and recommendations provided aim to
enhance current action and further enable BABAO to achieve an anti-racist, inclusive organisational culture.Based on the considerations outlined throughout the report, there were twenty-seven recommendations made. They reflect the need to build a foundation of awareness, understanding and safety upon which to develop a culture of learning, reflection and shared, collective action. High-level recommendations are synthesised below, with further detail in the body of the report.

KeywordsRacism ; British Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology; Race equality practices
Year2021
PublisherBritish Association for Biological Anthropology and Osteoarchaeology
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
Web address (URL)https://www.babao.org.uk/committee/equality-diversity-inclusion-sub-group/edi-race-equality-review-2021/
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