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  • Writer's pictureDr Shungu Hilda M’gadzah

Navigating and Challenging Racism in the Workplace

Are you experiencing racism or discriminatory behaviour in the workplace?

Or are you struggling to be an ally and not sure how to respond and support others in your workplace who experience everyday racism.

Last year I supported 7 people and 5 had their grievances and tribunal claims settled out of court, 2 are still waiting for their day in court. All have said whilst the legal support from solicitors and barristers was essential the support I offered was critical in navigating systems that discriminate and in safeguarding their mental health.

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"At the heart of the Six Stages Framework is a psychological tool that is designed to assess where individual people and whole organisations are in their journey towards understanding and dealing with the issues surrounding racial equity, inclusion and racism. "

"The Six Stages Framework recognises the importance of tackling broader issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion – not just in the area of racial equity and diversity, but also related to other areas such as cultural, gender, disability and sexual orientation. It explores the importance of understanding issues of identity and intersectionality and the key barriers that exist in terms of inclusion."

The first and critical step in self development and growth is self-awareness and recognising where you are in your journey of understanding and tackling racism. This takes courage and willingness to open up and to "stretch into your discomfort".

The Six Stages Framework is an action-based positive tool that will speak to many people and provide the language many people feel that they don't have to speak about the biases, discrimination and racism they encounter within the workplace.

Participants will be supported to explore the behaviours they are faced with in systems that discriminate.

“Working alongside inspiring Black female-founded educational organisations that are driven by the same core values. The way these partners have championed my work, recommended my services and brought me in on partnership projects has probably been what’s elevated my business the most and is support I will always be so grateful for. Thank you Dr Shungu Hilda M'gadzah ……

- Finding myself a formidable Black female psychologist coach whose work inspired me. Dr Shungu Hilda M'gadzah has believed in me, supervised my most complex cases, encouraged me and held me accountable to challenge discriminatory practice myself when I’ve wanted to run away. Finding her was a game changer!” Dr Ama Collison, Educational Psychologist


During my DEI coaching sessions its become clear that individuals need support in identifying and talking about discriminatory and racist behaviours.

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Many of my clients have talked about the lack of support from #Unions in helping them collate the evidence for their claims and provide examples of how racism (or other discriminatory behaviours) were manifesting in the work place.

So I have been working on a #PrejudiceRacismTracker. This is designed as a tool to help individuals to keep track of their experiences within the workplace.

It is not designed to be used everyday in a rigid prescriptive way but to enable an individual to collate their treatment within the workplace.

Recently one of my clients who I have been supporting following her experience of racism within the work place lodged a grievance in her work place. At the grievance hearing she was asked to describe the behaviours she had experienced within the work place. Because she had been using the Prejudice Racism Spectrum she was able to describe her experiences and how the behaviour manifested around her. She fed back to me how useful this had been as it allowed her to speak confidently about her experiences.

We need to learn to recognise the 🚦 signs and symptoms 🚥  of how discrimination and racism manifests

We need to be able to recognise, understand and challenge different forms of discrimination.

Discriminatory behaviours can range “between something as simple as a facial expression and as violent as an assault.”

The Prejudice Racism Spectrum helps you to identify discriminatory behaviours so that you can call them out and challenge them. It allows you to do keep the door open for discussion and not to cancel the person #cancelculture.

💡 From low key discriminatory and racist behaviours to high key behaviours.

Any form of racist behaviour should be challenged. The impact is devastating on individuals whether it be low-key or high key racism.

The Prejudice Racism Tracker enables you to monitor and track these behaviours.

It’s only by being able to recognise the behaviours that we can begin to challenge them.

Let me know what you think of the tracker and especially if you get a chance to use it.

How can this tool be improved?

[ps. please respect intellectual property and credit to source].

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