Maxine is a public speaker and workshop facilitator on anti-racism in Education. She supports universities and schools to reflect on how inequality manifests contextually, and strategise on how liberatory approaches can be implemented. Maxine’s work on anti-racism centres students’ voices, a natural continuum from her time in student representation. In the 19/20 academic year she served as Co-President: Democracy and Education at SOAS Students’ Union. Her priorities focused on championing liberation across the institution.
Maxine is currently studying International Social and Public Policy (MSc) at the London School of Economics and Political Sciences. Consistent with her work, Maxine’s research interests include: race and ethnicity; education; social movements; and urban violence. Prior to her masters, Maxine graduated from SOAS School of Law in July 2019. Her LLB was interdisciplinary, incorporating open modules in Anthropology and Cultural Studies. This piqued her interest in understanding how law and policy are experienced by different communities and demographics.
During her final year of undergraduate she co-launched ‘Bridging the Gap: a Student Collective’. This initiative raised awareness of the racial attainment gap among students; gathered qualitative research through focus groups; proposed solutions for the law department; and launched a professional BAME mentoring scheme.
Since then Maxine has delivered workshops for a number of schools, universities and students’ unions. At the national level, her work has led to her being a panellist at two Universities UK conferences, contributing to a Guardian article by Harriet Swain and speaking twice for Westminster Briefing.