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We Rise By Lifting Others

A proud South Londoner of Bangladeshi and Irish heritage, Joy Crookes is a multihyphenate artist shaped by a rich tapestry of influences. She’s a singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist. In 2020, Joy made the prestigious BRITS Rising Star Award shortlist, as well as placing fourth on the BBC Sound Poll, and headlining ‘ones to watch’ lists from YouTube Music, Amazon Music, MTV Push, NME and beyond. Renowned for her live performances, Joy has played Glastonbury, BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and Later…With Jools Holland, as well as selling out her own headline tours across the UK and Europe.


Sonia Guimarães

In 1989 Sonia Guimarães became the first black woman in Brazil to earn a doctorate in physics. She was the first black woman to teach at the Aeronautics Institute of Technology (ITA - Instituto Tecnológico de Aeronáutica) and the first woman to teach in the ITA’s physics department where she is a professor of Physics. In 1976, Guimarães joined the Federal University of São Carlos becoming the first member of her family to attend University. She then moved to Italy to join the University of Bologna, then the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the United Kingdom. Alongside her academic work Guimarães has worked to improve diversity in Brazilian research, particularly the representation of black women in science and academia. She has given a series of academic lectures about her experiences of racism in academia and the impact of affirmative action programmes. In 2017 she was awarded the Black Race Trophy in recognition of her advocacy work

Sonia Guimarães

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"If you are diverse, in gender, race, you will only have better results. Give everybody an opportunity."

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