Equality, discrimination and inclusion: lessons learned, challenges, and positive notes along the way

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This is a reflective piece on my trajectory and contributions in the field of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in Scotland and beyond. I start with a highlight in my career and then reflect back in order to identify what helped me get there. I want to share some insights into EDI work that I have gathered along with others over the past 23 years or so.
EDI is a fertile career path and even an industry these days, partly as a result of the consciousness-raising of contemporary movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter. Yet, the issues raised by these movements internationally, have been well-known locally for decades and a great deal of work has been done to respond to them. What does this seemingly novel interest in, for example, intersectionality, equality, diversity, inclusion, belonging, anti-racist approaches and the decolonisation of the curriculum mean?
I know where my interest stems from and, whilst sharing some reflections around these terms as buzzwords, I have rather focused in this piece on some lessons and on the processes that led me to learn them in my career in EDI.
Necessarily, in this piece, I will share my EDI experience as a Mexican in Glasgow, which includes migration’s mark on my well-being, opportunities and safety in hostile anti-migrant environments. However, I also want to share what has become a life mantra of mine, a means of survival, my permanent wish to find in everything, a positive note.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-26
Number of pages14
JournalScottish Affairs
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2024


  • equality, diversity and inclusion
  • anti-racist approaches
  • institutional racism
  • migration
  • Police Scotland


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