On Thursday 16 June at West Suffolk College, Eastern Colleges Group celebrated its Equality and Diversity Festival! Joining us were fabulous inspiring guests, amazing food stalls, music and much more.
Jordan Harry is an international public speaker, mixed martial artist and Head of PR at Phoenix Community Capital. He has given a TEDx talk with 3,000,000 views. Jordan is the Head of PR at Phoenix Community Capital, creating the world’s first community-backed crypto asset management fund on the blockchain. Jordan has been featured on the BBC, Virgin StartUp and Santander.
Angelle is a music artist and broadcaster for BBC Introducing Suffolk. She also works with youth and community groups in her local area. Angelle is very passionate about new music, championing fresh talent and providing opportunities to others.
Sheetal Surti was seven when she found a patch of white skin behind her ear. She was diagnosed with vitiligo. There followed years of treatment and medication, but the patches grew and by the age of 22 all of her brown skin had turned white and people no longer recognised her as the proud British South Asian woman she is.
Former Health and Social Care and Business Student at West Suffolk College, she has turned her passion of music into a career and is breaking waves throughout the UK. Watch this space.
Director For Diversity at The Association of Colleges. He is an experienced teacher, coach and leadership mentor who has worked across the education and training sector.
Founder and CEO of Feed Me Good and brand ambassador for IKEA. She is also a Sustainability Chef and Public Health Nutritionist, as a black disabled female from low social-economic status with a passion for everything food, nutrition and community-related.
Daniel Harvey (our resident DJ)
Daniel has been supporting young people within his community since the age of 15. His advocacy for disability, neurodiversity, education and wrap-around support for people with complex needs has been highlighted in government multiple times and it has opened up conversations around the importance of having voices within the room who are very much living it.
His knowledge and understanding of the system come from his own lived experiences of accessing support and understanding the potential challenges in place for people that present under labels that cause a level of uncertainty around the quality of care received due to the complexity of needs. Daniel is currently a governor and appointed lead for SEND at WSC and wishes to continue sharing his advocacy on the importance of accessibility