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Live Q&A: Diversity in Publishing with Delayna Spencer

September 29, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This live Q and A aims to look deeper into issues of racism, inclusivity and diversity within the publishing industry.

About this event

Hosted by Mandy Gao, a British-Chinese woman who runs the podcast series ‘Diversity in Publishing’ and works in academic publishing herself, this live Q and A aims to look deeper into issues of racism, inclusivity and diversity within this coveted industry. Joined by Delayna Spencer, a Mixed-Black Senior Commissioning Editor at SAGE Publishing with years of experience in academic publishing, they will talk about Delayna’s work in the BAME Group at SAGE, her Little Guide for Teachers series, the Social Science for Social Justice series, and what they both hope to see for the future of publishing.

Delayna Spencer

I joined SAGE in 2015 as an Editorial Assistant and having worked across a range of subjects, I’ve happily settled as a Commissioning Editor in Education. It is a privilege to work with authors who are passionate about education and who want to create books which support people in being the best practitioner they can be. I’m keen to hear from people with new ideas and work closely with them to translate that idea into an invaluable resource for students and practitioners. Outside of work, I’m teaching my dog not to bite me and am often suspended from an aerial hoop. Reach me @delayna_spencer.

Mandy Gao

Hi! I’m Mandy, and I’ve been working in publishing since I graduated from University of Manchester with a degree in modern foreign languages. I’m passionate about diversity and inclusivity, having grown up British Chinese myself, and currently run a podcast series called diversity in publishing. If you are interested in being a guest/ a host for an episode, please contact me @

This event will be hosted on Zoom on Wednesday 29 September, 2:00-3:00pm.
Tickets are free – just register your place via Eventbrite.
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September 29, 2021
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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