Tamanda joined us as a Cumberland Lodge Scholar in September 2017. Tamanda is an independent consultant working internationally on issues of identity and inclusion within education, employment and community settings. She is a founding member of the Forum on Religion in International Affairs, and an Associate Consultant & Trainer for global law firm Eversheds Sutherland, and interfaith and gender equality charities 3FF, St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace and Fearless Futures.
Tamanda’s professional background includes work within youth and community settings, the justice system, private sector equalities and diversity and intercultural programming. She works across the public, private and voluntary sectors with partners such as Network Rail, Brtivic, DCLG, ACAS, Unison, British Council, Amnesty International and TeachFirst.
In recent years her work has focused on religion and belief and its intersection with race, gender, sexuality, class and other protected characteristics. She is passionate about delivering nuanced, transformative and participatory learning experiences, with an intersectional approach that is heavily informed by her experiences growing up as a mixed race, culture, faith and class individual in Southern Africa and Northern Ireland, during apartheid and ‘The Troubles’.
Tamanda’s academic background includes an MSc in Education, Power & Social Change from Birkbeck University of London, where the focus of her dissertation was the development of religious literacy amongst public professionals. She is a White Rose Consortium funded PhD candidate at the University of Leeds. Her research explores how employers are engaging with religion and belief in ‘secular’ public and private sector workplaces.