11 Jun 2020
As a University, we acknowledge that unfortunately race inequalities remain in our society, in our country and across the world and we all still have much to do to address this. The death of George Floyd and others has caused enormous shock and outrage around the world and we have seen and felt the pain and anger in many communities, including here at UCLan.
As the fight against racism continues, it’s important that we all play a part in standing with our black students, colleagues and the wider community. Universities, including UCLan, have a huge role to play in the Black Lives Matter movement and we have and will continue to give our full support in raising awareness and challenging racism in an appropriate way.
We have always tried to be inclusive, but we are taking additional steps to strengthen our approach, including:
We want to hear and understand the experiences and voices of our black students and colleagues, as well as taking action to address racism. Racism and discrimination are issues for every member of our community, and we all have a responsibility to speak out about the racial inequalities in our society.
If you see, hear or experience any instances of racism and discrimination, please report it through our Report and Support site. You can report it directly or anonymously and you can get support from our wellbeing advisors.
If you need assistance or would like to talk to someone about the issues being raised at this time, you can speak to our counselling, mental health and wellbeing advisors or the Students’ Union advice service.
Think about and acknowledge the issues being raised.
We must listen, amplify and share the voices of black people in our communities. Listening to stories and experiences with our deepest empathy will help us to learn and take the right actions.
One of the most powerful ways to support the Black Lives Matter movement is through education. We can seek out information and educate ourselves and others by reading, listening and watching. Once again through education we can better understand the actions that we all need to take.
Why I’m No Longer Talking To White People About Race is by award-winning UCLan Alumnus, Reni Eddo-Lodge. Exploring issues from eradicated black history to the political purpose of white dominance, Reni offers a timely and essential new framework for how to see, acknowledge and counter racism. All UCLan students and staff can download a copy of the book for free.
Reni has also launched a podcast which takes the conversation a step further, featuring key voices from the last few decades of anti-racism activism.
Below is a list of more helpful educational resources: