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June Sarpong penning book on diversity, race and prejudices

NEW BOOK: June Sarpong

AWARD-WINNING presenter and writer June Sarpong has written a "timely, truly global book" celebrating diversity.

Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration is an "intelligent and empowering" polemic which argues the case for how limited the UK is by social division while inspiring the community to make a change.

"What I hope this book will do, is spark some conversations in terms of diversity and issues surrounding race and prejudices and intolerance and inequality in general," Sarpong MBE said.

"I understand first hand what it's like to be discriminated against."

The book has been acquired by HQ - which is part of the Harper Collins umbrella.

"HQ are thrilled to announce the acquisition of UK and Commonwealth rights to a timely, truly global book celebrating diversity by TV presenter and co-founder of the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Network, June Sarpong MBE," HQ said in a statement.

Watch Sarpong discuss the new project here:

Lisa Milton, executive publisher of Harlequin, added: “I cannot think of a better time to announce this acquisition. Diversify is exactly the kind of book I want HQ to publish: bold, clever and relevant. June is an incredible ambassador for positive change for everyone, and especially women. Together I hope we can really make a difference.”

Working with professor Anthony Heath, head of the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford University, in Diversify Sarpong considers how we create and use stereotypes, and how they negatively impact our social interactions both overtly and covertly.

Using personal anecdotes, referencing stories of success, and by introducing the 'Ism Calculator, Diversify encourages readers to calculate their levels of discriminative views and limiting beliefs that they can challenge or possibly conquer as they the complete six steps.

EXPERT ADVICE: The journalist with professor Anthony Heath

“We are all guilty of 'Otherizing' and excluding people who seem different to us, and if unchecked the results can be catastrophic. In Diversify I will be exploring exclusion in its many forms including discrimination by age, gender, gender identity, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic background, religion or sexual orientation,"

"As a fully signed up member of modern inclusive cosmopolitan Britain, I admit I became complacent and thought that the war had been won and the arguments settled. However, I suspect I'm not the only one who has had a thundering wake-up call recently. So, recalling that the pen or the keyboard is mightier than the sword, I figured it was time help ignite a much needed honest dialogue. Because racism and any kind of exclusion or prejudice is bad... for all of us. In short, diversity is not only morally right but also economically right.”

Supported by the Race for Opportunity network, Diversify: Six Degrees of Integration will be published in hardback, e-book and in an innovative digital edition in May 2017. The digital version of Diversify will feature video interviews conducted by Sarpong with experts, and a ground-breaking interface that will allow the user to seamlessly experiment with the content and text.

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