20yrs of Race on the Agenda

This year marks our 20th anniversary.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) is a social policy think tank set up in 1997, devoted to issues that affect Black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in London.

Race on the Agenda (ROTA) was originally established in 1984 as Greater London Action for Racial Equality (GLARE) as a membership organisation. Our functions were to provide infrastructure support to London’s Race Equality Councils (RECs) and work closely with the Commission for Race Equality (CRE) to ensure that the Race Relations Act 1976 and the principles underlying it were implemented in public authorities and beyond.

In 1997 we widened our remit in response to increasing demand for our services beyond our existing beneficiary groups. As a result we rebranded and changed our name to ROTA and reached out to communities from London’s Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups who identified gaps in policy development, voice, advice and representation.

We are committed to working towards achieving social justice and the elimination of discrimination and promoting diversity, equality of opportunity and best practice.