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Racism at Work – Has Anything Really Changed?

3 February 2023 at 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Free – £18.00

Speaker: Norma Molla, Research Psychologist, Pearn Kandola

So much has occurred over the past 4 years.

From the outspread of the COVID-19 virus and the subsequent transition to a world of working remotely; to the tragic, extrajudicial killing of George Floyd, which led to the international revival of the Black Lives Matter campaign.

Organisations across the world committed to enhancing their policies on inclusion and fairness, and vowed to practice allyship towards their Black and Minority Ethnic employees. But amidst so much promised revival, has anything really changed?
In this session, Research Psychologist Norma Molla will explore whether there have been changes since 2018 in both the perceptions and experiences of racism at work. Norma will draw upon research from Pearn Kandola’s ‘Racism at Work 2021’ report, compiled by herself and Professor Binna Kandola OBE, to present an overview of experiences of racism within the modern UK workplace. Norma will also use these findings to make key recommendations to organisations on how to enhance inclusion and fairness. Some of the topics she will explore include:

• Attitudes and perceptions of racism
• Witnessing and responding to racism at work
• Recognising racism
• Experiences of racism
• Actions taken by organisations
• Implications and recommendations

Norma Molla is a Research Psychologist at Pearn Kandola, whose mission is to drive organisational impact in the areas of racism, diversity and inclusion.
Norma holds a BSc in Psychology and an MSc Occupational Psychology, and has conducted extensive research into race-based micro-incivilities, both within British politics and the modern workplace. Her project “Don’t Touch My Hair!”: Exploring the racial microaggressions experienced by Black women working in British politics’ was exhibited at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology Conference, after she had been awarded a Distinction in both her research and MSc degree, as well as a Gold award by her university.

Norma plays a crucial role within the Research team at Pearn Kandola and recently worked alongside Senior Partner Professor Binna Kandola OBE to conduct a survey of over 1,500 participants exploring experiences of racism across UK workplaces. The research report (Racism at Work in the UK 2021) has received widespread attention and acclaim, having been featured in a variety of publications including Forbes, People Management, Personnel Today, HR News, Asian Times and many more.

Before joining Pearn Kandola, Norma built a portfolio of clients as a freelance consultant and facilitator, and has worked with divisions of national and multinational firms such as ARUP, SHL, Surrey County Council (with Impact Black), Imagiphoria Studios and Morneau Shepell. She has also worked with Occupational Psychologists on reviews of assessment practices for recruitment within law firms and Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).



3 February 2023
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Free – £18.00
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