Professor Heidi Mirza
Professor Heidi Safia Mirza BA, PhD is Emeritus Professor in Equalities Studies, UCL Institute of Education and Professorial Research Fellow in Race, Faith and Culture at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She is known for her pioneering intersectional research on race, gender and identity in education and has an international reputation for championing equality and human rights for Black and Muslim women through educational reform.
She established the ‘Runnymede Collection’ at the BCA (Black Cultural Archives), an important race-relations archive documenting the hidden civil rights struggle for multicultural Britain.
Professor Mirza hails from Trinidad and Tobago, and as a child of the Windrush generation is one of the first Black women professors in UK.
In recognition of this achievement she was invited to deliver the 50th Anniversary Martin Luther King Lecture at St Paul’s Cathedral with Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
She is author of several best-selling books including, ‘Black British Feminism’ and ‘Young Female and Black’, which was voted in the top 40 most influential educational studies in Britain.
She is a leading voice in the global debate on decolonisation and co-edited the flagship book, ‘Dismantling Race in Higher Education: Racism, whiteness and decolonising the academy’.