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Championing diversity and inclusion: an introduction to BIALL's D&I working group

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 August 2023


BIALL is laying the foundations for a thoughtful, genuine and sustained commitment to diversity and inclusion (D&I), embedded throughout BIALL activities and events. Here D&I Working Group members Narinder Toor and Julia Bhojoo set out the background to this new initiative, including the creation of the working group, and the key goals, progress made and future priorities. To tie in with International Stress Awareness Week and World Kindness Day, the working group arranged the inaugural BIALL wellbeing event focused on mental health. This article highlights many of the speaker's tips and the helpful techniques that can assist with stress and anxiety. It also provides BIALL members with details on how to contribute to the D&I dialogue as well as access useful mental health resources and other wellbeing support.

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