Inspiring other organisations in Camden
Wellcome is committed to making real and deep changes to create a more equitable and diverse place for visitors and employees.
We hope its work will inspire other organisations in Camden to offer more inclusive spaces and training in order that we can increase diversity in positions of power across the borough and beyond.
What needs to change in Camden?
Across Camden, there is a mission to increase diversity and representation for those in positions of power. Reflecting on the learning from the Wellcome Collection, Teresa recommends that Camden create “dialogue with both sides – the people who are affected by these things, and the people that are not doing the work”. Selene adds: “Diversity needs to be thought about differently, not how it is currently thought of, and not as a tick box exercise.”
The curriculum is part of a wider programme of work led by the Wellcome Collection Inclusion Team as well as many other staff. Selene and Teresa hope the curriculum enables staff to be critically reflective and inclusive, to attempt to shape a more inclusive organisation.
Teresa says: “We all have a different lived experience and are all socialised differently. It is important not to assume anything about others, but to be open to asking questions both of yourself and others to better understand one another.”
“However, if you are a white person, remember that the society we are in has been designed for white people to succeed. With that in mind, it is important to acknowledge this and ask yourself what you are doing about white supremacy.”