Whilst making ammendments on one of my job descriptions, I noticed the words “equality and diversity” and it caused a reaction in me. A strong reaction.
One of my main job responsibilities (and that as a human being) is centering marginalised voices. Sharing stories with other Disabled, Neurodivergent and Queer people is fundamental to my research work. We are a group of people who are often ignored, even when we have the resources and privilege to be able to self advocate.
It is my responsibility as a community researcher to listen to those I do research with and raise these voices up.
So, no, my work is not about equality and diversity, it is not about ticking a box for funding or credibility.
E and D does not support marginalised people, it just makes our oppressors feel better about invalidating us, ignoring us or down right hating us.
I am not a tick box exercise, I am a person and I deserve to be treated as such.