Click here to read Gary Bhupsingh’s (Champion for Respect) statement

The MPA is committed to creating a working and learning environment which is inclusive of and accessible to Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people. We want to ensure that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people are treated with dignity and respect and are given the support they need to thrive. We want to listen to and learn from the needs, concerns and experiences of our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic colleagues and our members and take informed action to be more inclusive and supportive. To demonstrate our commitment, we are delighted to be a signatory of the Race at Work Charter.  We know that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people can face a variety of challenges entering and progressing in the workplace.

What is it about and who can join?
The goal is to use the Race at Work Charter as a framework within which we can address race equality issues in a broad and inclusive manner. The 7 action points in the Charter will be used as a structure to enable us to progress the agenda on race equality and to make progress in addressing relevant issues relating to our colleagues.

Some of the key issues to be covered by the Network will include:

  • Understanding and celebrating race and ethnicity (including organisation of Black History month activities).
  • Recruitment, hiring and interviewing processes.
  • Mentoring/shadowing and work experiences.
  • Supporting employee progression for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds.
  • Investigating and addressing issues around racial bullying and harassment.

The Network is open to all MPA Member employees, including those of us working at the MPA who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic. It is also open to allies.

How is the Network hosted?
The Network is hosted on Microsoft Teams, where members can have conversations on Channels, share files and resources and host meetings online. The Diversity, Equality and Inclusion (DEI) Team are on hand to help, and to take forward any issues raised by the Network.

The Microsoft Teams site is a private group and though there is some degree of visibility when you join (other members can see who you are), we request that members maintain strict confidentiality about its membership and contents.

This Network is supported by the MPA DEI team, but it is not our Network: it is yours. We hope that the Network will be led by you for you. We are currently gathering ideas on how members want to run the Network and what you want to get out of it. Colleagues will have the opportunity to contribute in a variety of ways: for example, through Team Meetings online, Channel discussions via Teams as well as by email or phone.

Who should I contact if I wish to join the MPA Respect Employee Network?
Helen Choudhury

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 07513 700785

Click here to read Gary Bhupsingh’s (Champion for Respect) statement



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