February 2021 – Guest Speaker at: Closing the Gap in Buckinghamshire, Parental Engagement Conference
Head Teachers Virtual Conference, with speakers presenting research on the psychology of parents’ attitudes affecting children, Parental Engagement ‘Do’s and Don’ts
Presented selected research findings shared entitled: ‘Minority mothers – partner or pariah?’
Education Leadership Webinar Series
Advent? Christmas? Hanukkah? Yule? Kwanzaa? Winter Festival? multicultural approaches to holidays.
‘The third webinar in the series, will discuss a topical issue: how the school should tackle diversity in students celebrating holidays. Inclusion, all aspects of it, are very high on the agenda in ESHA, this is the reason why we are focusing on inclusion.
Taking diversity and sensitivities into account together with the role of school to introduce students the world around them and help educate open-minded people, including holidays in formal curriculum and school programmes is an important leadership theme.” ESHA
‘Suma Din’s professionalism in events as a speaker with us in the European School Heads Association as well as Parents International, is always scaffolded by an honest, personal reflection based on her own experiences, making her contribution all the more impacting.She has been a great contributor in the context of inclusion – both when specifically discussing parental engagement and when discussing in the broader context of school.
In a period when anti-Muslim voices are often too loud, her calm, honest and to-the-point statements are very important for any professional community wishing to work on inclusion and living together peacefully.’
Eszter Salamon | Director | Parents International
Consultant: European School Heads Association
June 2020 – (attendee) ‘Challenges for Mothering 2020: Social Policy and Education’ Lithuania
November 2019 – (attendee) ‘Maternal Influences Conference’ Queen Mary’s University QMUL UK
November 2019 – With Equal Step Podcast: Schools Don’t Own Education
Two-part interview on themes from MMCS and parent-school engagement with Nancy Angevine-Sands, Family engagement Consultant and Practitioner.
October 2019 – Interview about MMCS on ‘The Book Club Show’ Inspire FM with Imrana Mahmood
September 2019 – Presentation ‘Silenced at the intersection; finding the voices of minority mothers on their children’s schooling.’ De Montfort University & Stephen Lawrence Centre, Leicester
At the Conference: Radical Pedagogies: Macpherson 20 years on
The main focus of the event was on how radical pedagogies can be used to highlight and address issues relating to race and institutional discrimination.
Attendee feedback: ‘Just wanted to say I found your short presentation very moving. You were conveying very strong messages but using a very soft approach and voice, teaching me a lesson. We don’t always need to be angry? I have been personally struggling with this. So much work to do. So much injustice.’ Secondary school teacher, UK.
March 2019 – (attendee only) MCB Women’s Conference, University of London
November 2018 – Brunel University, Panel speaker
Diversifying the Ivory Tower; Liberating Libraries , a Student Success Project SSP
October 2018 – NSC (Norwegian Study Centre) @ University of York, guest lecturer and seminar presentation for visiting teachers & BA Social Science undergrads
Some attendee feedback
‘An immensely valuable experience for these teachers, who are taking home something really transformative. Several said to me how much they had enjoyed it.’ Dr Tonning NSC Director
‘There are some important issues to discuss and for people to enlight(en) themselves about. It is so important not to generalise and understand that Muslim mothers think and do just like all other moms even more. Thank you for the insightful lectures!’
‘I realise that I do have a lack of knowledge about Muslims and their society. It has been interesting to hear your thoughts on education and what kind of issues Muslims struggle with.’
‘Hi! This was very useful to me. Specially to hear about the method you have been using. It was a pleasure to listen to you talk as well. I would very much like to read the book. You have an important message. Thank you.’
‘I’ve learned more about challenges that Muslim women can have with the education system. I will take some of what I’ve heard back to my own class and teaching to try to be more aware of the different challenges and think about how to help mothers and fathers from other cultures, beliefs and languages be more involved with their children’s education.’
MBRN (Muslims in Britain Research Network)
MBRN Research Day: Gender and Muslim Spaces: Community and Academic Perspectives ‘No more a shadow: making space for Muslim mothers’ narratives.’
NSC (Norwegian Study Centre) @ University of York, guest lecture and seminar for visiting teachers, trainee and experienced on the research findings in MMCS. Seminars on chosen themes from the book and reflecting on their own practise in schools.
‘Thanks so much for coming and for being so brilliant. I admire your seminar ‘management’ and am not at all surprised that you received such good feedback. You achieved much good.’ Dr Meg Roughley
March 2017: Workshop Delivery: The need to hear mothers voices about education.
Delivered to Jewish and Muslim mothers on challenging stereotypes and moving ahead with good practise.