Nov 20th 2020
Top 6 diversity advocates to follow on social media
New technological advancements are influencing our world in increasingly apparent ways, with social media being one of the biggest phenomenons of the 21st century. In today’s fast-paced world, many of us turn to social media as a valuable tool to make our lives easier; it’s hugely impacted the way we communicate with each other, find jobs, make decisions on where to eat or what to buy, and stay up-to-date with world events.
Social media has become an undeniable force in modern society. And one key example of this is its use as an outlet to show solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement that arose in June. We have seen a shift towards the use of social media as a platform to access news, educational resources and thought-provoking opinions on diversity and inclusion.
If you are looking to diversify your social feeds or gain a deeper understanding about diversity and inclusion, here are 6 UK-based diversity advocates and thought leaders to follow today. From beauty influencers to hip hop artists, you are bound to get a fresh perspective from at least one of them.
Munroe is a transgender model and social activist. She became involved in modelling after being motivated by the lack of diversity in the industry. She is currently on L’Oréal UK’s diversity and inclusion advisory board, where she will help the brand advocate for unrepresented communities by donating to causes that support social justice.
Munroe has over 500k followers on her Instagram account, where she frequently speaks out against racism, transphobia and their intersection. She hopes to use her large platform to tackle the continuing prejudice she faces, especially as a Black transgender woman.
David Olusoga is a British-Nigerian historian, presenter, and author of the bestselling book ‘Black and British: A Forgotten History’. On Twitter, where he has over 155k followers, he actively educates his audience about the forgotten details of Britain’s imperial past and its impact on contemporary society – and especially on Black communities.
“Black history is a series of missing chapters from British history. I’m trying to put those bits back in.”
Malala is a student and activist for girls’ education and women’s equality. At age 17, she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her fight for the right of every child to receive an education, making her the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate.
She has a large following of over 3 million followers across her social media platforms, notably Instagram and Twitter, where she continues to fight for a world filled with equal opportunities for young women to learn and lead.
Akala is an award-winning hip hop artist, writer/poet, and activist. He has been named as one of the top 100 most influential Black British people in the UK by the Powerlist. Akala is extremely passionate about tackling racism, gang violence and knife crime among young Black teenagers in the UK. He is widely known for his alternative viewpoints and thought-provoking tweets on Twitter about these topics.
“We live in a dangerously anti-intellectual age when we’re encouraged to think all opinions are equal, but my opinion on what it takes to build a decent bridge is not equal to that of a structural engineer.”
gal-dem is an online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour. And their Instagram page is no different. If you are enticed by colourful aesthetics, then their page may just be your cup of tea. The gal-dem team does a fantastic job at sharing a diverse range of voices covering all topics related to diversity and inclusion, from gender norms to body image to debunking stereotypes in mainstream media.
Emma is an academic, broadcaster, and author of ‘Don’t Touch my Hair’. She says her experience growing up isolated and as the target of frequent racism informed her perspective. Emma uses her voice to fight against the discrimination of natural afro-textured hair. Across the UK, cases of Black school children being punished for their hairstyles have escalated and Emma is on a mission to amend the Equality Act to state afro hair as a protected characteristic. Emma frequently shares insightful resources on Instagram and Twitter to educate her audience on racism, allyship, and of course, afro-textured hair.
Want to read more about diversity? Have a read of our blog on diversity and inclusion across universities in the UK.