North West Migrants Forum

Nominations open for Advancing Race Equality Awards 2024!

THE North West Migrants Forum’s Advancing Race Equality Awards 2024 are open for nominations.

Now in their fourth year, the awards recognise the outstanding work being done within communities to tackle racial discrimination, promote racial equality and foster positive relationships between diverse groups of people.

The Advancing Race Equality Awards have become a highlight of the diversity calendar as they celebrate the efforts and achievements of individuals, volunteers, schools, colleges and universities and those working in the public and private sectors.

“Ulster University was incredibly proud to be a sponsor of the 2023 Advancing Race Equality Awards,” said Ulster University’s Chief People Officer Damian McAlister.

“We look forward to linking up with the North West Migrants Forum once again as a sponsor for the 2024 Awards and we would encourage as many people as possible to nominate those proactively demonstrating a positive commitment to tackling racism by challenging racist behaviours and attitudes.”

Pupils from Oakgrove Integrated Primary School, Chapel Road Primary School and St Anne’s Primary School (main picture) helped officially launch the awards alongside Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council and Chief Executive of the North West Migrants Forum, Lilian Seenoi Barr.

“Our aim is to recognise individuals and groups who are making a positive impact on diversity, equity and inclusion across the island of Ireland,” said the mayor.

“All too often the outstanding devotion of so many people and organisations towards creating a fairer society and a more just world goes unnoticed.

“The Advancing Race Equality Awards are about putting that right and we look forward to shining the spotlight on our incredible role models and change makers.”

Carlos and Diana with their son Liam, Ahmed, Sallam and Swar. All our volunteers are urging you to nominate in this year’s Advancing Race Equality Awards.

In March of this year over 300 people gathered in The Everglades Hotel to see ten awards handed out.

The next Advancing Race Equality Awards ceremony will take place on March 6 with nominations being accepted across the following categories:

Anti-Racism School of the Year

 Anti-Racism Teacher of the Year

 Anti-Racism Art Ambassador of the Year (Primary School)

 Anti-Racism Art Ambassador of the Year (Secondary School)

 Young Leader

 Community Champion of the Year

 Advancing Racial Justice and Fairness

 Anti-Racism Media Award

 Anti-Racism Leader of the Year

 Lifetime Achievement

A new award has also been introduced – the North West Migrants Forum’s Special Recognition Prize. The inaugural winner was Sarah Roberts who was chosen for the courageous stand she took against an anti-migrant agitator in west Donegal.

Sarah Roberts was shocked to learn she had won our Special Recognition Award. But it was fully deserved!

Ms Roberts said, “The Advancing Race Equality Awards are the most amazing way of recognising individuals and organisations who work day in, day out to create a society that is better for all of us.

“If you know anyone who is worthy of such recognition, please do nominate them.”

To nominate someone click HERE or email your entry to If you would like to come onboard as a sponsor, we would be delighted to work with you. Again, email us at or call Conor on 02871 362184.