A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along: Chat Room with Shantel Thomas
To complement the project, the University of Hertfordshire organised a very successful online teaching and learning event: A Changed World University-Wide Make-Along, with an open invitation to the entire extended Herts community, including University of Hertfordshire students from FE and overseas partners. Experts in creative writing, communication, art, and media led interactive beginners’ sessions in creative arts. Crafting together in real-time, the project connected virtually in a positive and supportive environment, enjoying moments of pride in their own and others’ creativity.
Shantel Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work. This is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion, and the empowerment and liberation of people. Passionate about the student experience, particularly those of marginalised groups, Shantel currently Co-Chairs the BAME Staff Network. With 10 years of experience working to improve the lives of children from marginalised communities and being a voice for vulnerable children in family law cases, Shantel is committed to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion in everything she does - from service provision for service users to degree attainment for black students. Shantel has published several journals and chapters on issues of social change. ‘I use my position, passion, personal, and professionally lived experience of discrimination and oppression to be the voice for the voiceless and represent the needs of my community using a strength-based perspective.’