Diversity at TwinsUK: Taha Bhatti

Taha is a Project Coordinator whose main role is to set up and oversee projects relating to the engagement of twin participants. This includes working closely with the wider teams to develop remote data collection, manage the onboarding of new twins, and develop strategies to ensure continued involvement of long-standing twin members who can no longer visit. This critical role contributes to the longevity of TwinsUK by facilitating participant engagement and data collection.

What about your culture are you most proud about?

As a British Asian I have to say tea, naturally. I can’t attribute it to only one heritage as both nations are equally obsessed. Growing up, tea played a huge role in social gatherings and was served as a symbol of hospitality. It’s something that brings people together; from a classic afternoon tea with scones to a traditional spicy chai, tea is an integral part of both cultures and for me it’s a hug in a mug. 

What customs do you practice?

Being brought up with the principle of “treat others how you would like to be treated”. In essence, the idea is to approach every interaction with others with a sense of empathy and understanding. Heavy emphasis is placed on respect for elders, hospitality, and community-oriented values. I benefit from the positive impact of this ideal as I found it fosters stronger relationships and enhances my overall sense of well-being and happiness.

How Important Is Diversity To You, And What Value Does It Bring?

Diversity is important to me because everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect regardless of their background or characteristics i.e. race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, and socio-economic background.

Embracing diversity means recognising that everyone has something unique and valuable to contribute, and that our differences should be celebrated rather than used as a basis for discrimination or exclusion. Diversity contributes to the richness and vibrancy of our community and is essential for innovation and creativity as every individual brings a unique perspective.

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