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Race and diversity consultant, Don John, has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by Solent University.

8th July 2019

Race and diversity consultant, Don John has been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts by Solent University today (Monday 8 July). 

Don’s honorary degree recognises his role in the development of Southampton City Council’s race and diversity policies as well as his work in creating a number of social issue projects for Black and Asian communities in the city. 

Don John with his degree in The Spark

During his time with the Southampton Council for Race Equality, Don worked with Black and Asian youth specifically relating to the criminal justice system and racism in education services, later securing a position as the first race and diversity officer for Southampton City Council. In this role, he was involved in developing city-wide policies on racial harassment and forming The Multi Agency Group on Racial Harassment which challenged these issues in the region.  

Don John headshot

Don also founded Southampton's Black History Month , which is now seen as one of the most progressive awareness programmes in the UK.

He continues to make a difference for Black communities in the region, currently working with Hampshire Constabulary on Race and Diversity issues, on a number of initiatives relating to racial discrimination and racial injustice.

Commenting on his award, Don said: “Racial injustice remains an issue in our society, but I hope that through my work, we can create lasting change. I’m thrilled to be honoured with this honorary degree from Solent University – I hope to use this platform to continue to drive forward robust race and diversity policies across the region and bring an end to racial discrimination.”