UCL Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering


What are you #ProudToBe?

26 October 2021

In conversation with Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering (EEE) researcher Sephora Madjiheurem, to discuss 2021's BHM theme #ProudToBe.

Sephora EEE researcher

As a Black woman in the tech sector I always felt doubly underrepresented in a field that is, historically, mostly white and male.

I started noticing that this lack of diversity translated directly into the kind of problems we were looking at and solutions we might come up with.

This helped me to always consider all angles when tackling research problems instead of always jumping to the obvious option.

My background and passion enable me to achieve this through impactful research.

I am proud to bring unique perspectives to science and engineering, and perhaps to inspire younger aspiring researchers who identify with who I am.

I am proud to be a Black woman working at the forefront of AI research at UCL.

I am proud to have participated in the Black Lives at UCL podcast series, and the UCL Engineering Race Equality event.

I am proud that in addition to providing an excellent research environment, UCL is encouraging me to be vocal about the issues my community faces within academia and providing me a platform to share these. 

I am #ProudToBe. What are you #ProudToBe?

As well as being a valued member of the EEE community, Sephora hosts a podcast entitled 'Not My Problem', available on all podcasting platforms. One specific podcast surrounding issues of race in individual and institutional form also features, entitled 'Racism? Not My Problem!'. 

Sephora's BHM recommendations: 

  • READ the book “Why I am no longer talking to white people about race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • LISTEN to the podcast “About Race with Reni Eddo-Lodge”
  • WATCH the TedTalk “How to deconstruct racism, one headline at a time” by Baratunde Thurston