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'A Different Hue of Blue': Tribute, an autobiographical classroom intervention


The research project ‘A Different Hue of Blue’ aims to expose the realities of embedding diversity and inclusivity within the curriculum of Higher Education courses. As a development initiative, written from the perspective of an educator of colour, the project uses constructive alignment (Biggs, 2014) to instigate a deeper enquiry-based journey and question perceived differences to enhance students’ academic, personal and professional development. Part of this project, the case study intervention described in this article entitled ‘Tribute’, is a two-pronged live intervention that began in the classroom, migrated into the public domain and became a pedagogic tool of great efficacy. By encouraging open discussions about race and stereotyping in the classroom, whilst tackling assumptions, prejudices and fears, this intervention provoked a sense of curiosity and motivated students to critically reflect on their belief systems. 


diversity, assumption, curiosity, intervention, cultural appropriation, social stereotype


Author Biography

Diana Donaldson

Diana Donaldson is Course Leader of the Graduate Diploma in Fashion Media Styling at London College of Fashion and an Associate Lecturer at Central Saint Martins. With a lifelong passion and involvement in the arts, Diana’s experience as a creative stylist and style consultant in allied disciplines such as film, television, editorial, catwalk and personal styling spans over 16 years in the UK, Europe, United States and Asia. Her versatility as a creative stylist is exemplified through her work with high profile celebrity clients and global brands.  She is also active in producing projects for the charitable and HE sector. Diana has a multi-faceted approach as an educator and has maintained a role in education alongside her professional industry practice - as stylist, style consultant, fashion editor and art director. 


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