Creating positive change for an equal society with Sir Geoff Palmer

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This month Elevenses with CEC welcomes celebrated grain scientist, prominent human rights activist and proud Scotsman, Sir Geoff Palmer to the podcast to discuss the important role that education plays in ending racism and creating an equal and diverse future.

Join host Medeia Cohan as she discusses Palmer’s extensive career as an activist, his evidence-based approach to positive change and correcting false history and his work with business and government to educate and repair broken systems.

This will be both a hugely inspiring conversation and a practical one where listeners will be gifted guidance for how they as can create positive change and action for good as either individuals or business owners.

More about Sir Geoff Palmer

Sir Geoff Palmer OBE is a prominent human rights activist and is involved in a considerable amount of charity work within Scotland and across the UK. He was knighted in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to human rights, science, and charity. He has spoken out extensively against the slave trade and in 2007, the bicentenary of the passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807 by Parliament, which abolished the slave trade, Professor Geoff Palmer was named among the “100 Great Black Britons” as well as on the 2020 updated list.

In 1989, he became the first black professor in Scotland, becoming a professor emeritus after he retired in 2005. He now serves as the Honorary President of Edinburgh and Lothians Regional Equality Council an Edinburgh-based organisation which works to tackle discrimination and promote human rights and equality in the community.

Palmer’s recent work includes speaking about the Ethnic Coding in NHS Scotland at ELREC’s 40th Annual General Meeting and working with Edinburgh City Council to review statues, street names and other significant city landmarks to see how they can be used for educational purposes.