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Black Lives Matter

11 Jun 2020

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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.

What we are doing

We have always tried to be inclusive, but we are taking additional steps to strengthen our approach, including:

  • Setting up a working group, which will be chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and the Director of Equality Diversity and Inclusion;
  • Developing a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy with a specific action to narrow the gap in degree awards received by Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) students;
  • Working closely with the Students’ Union to support and listen to our BAME students around issues you face. Any concerns will be taken seriously, and will be overseen by the University Board;
  • Acknowledging the concerns of students whose ability to focus on assessment may have been impacted by the current situation. We are working with our assessment board Chairs to ensure this is considered;
  • Continuing to raise the profile of the contributions of our BAME students and colleagues;
  • Continuing to remind students and colleagues about support available and how to report discrimination.
There will be opportunities for you to get involved and we will keep you updated on those opportunities.

In the meantime, if you have any ideas on how we can improve what we are already doing please email equalityanddiversity@uclan.ac.uk

 

What help and support is available?

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.

How can you help?

Stop. Listen. Educate.

Stop

Think about and acknowledge the issues being raised.

Listen

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.

Educate

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:

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Read

 

Watch

  • Not All Superheroes Wear Capes – How You Have The Power To Change The World – Nova Reid
  • Let’s Get To The Root Of Racial Injustice – Megan Ming Francis
  • White People, Enough: A Look At Power And Control Jaelyn Coates
  • Netflix: Black Lives Matter – A collection of films, series and documentaries about racial injustice and the Black experience in America.