The history of institutional racism has prompted covert and overt acts of violence and discrimination that have promoted pain, trauma and suffering for generations of people from Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) backgrounds globally, locally and even in our own institution. This is deeply distressing mentally, physically and emotionally for students and staff. The University of Kent's BAME Staff Network acknowledges the support of our colleagues and the University's Senior Management Team who vehemently condemn the scourge of racism that is manifested in these abhorrent acts. Recent racialised, tragic events (including reports with statistics outlining the disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on people from BAME backgrounds) serve as a poignant reminder for us all to reaffirm our commitment to the promotion of social justice and equality. We need to work collaboratively to create and sustain a community where we are all equally respected and are provided with equal opportunities to belong and grow. We continue to strive to develop and secure critical institutional policies, practices and processes in that regard.

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What is in a Name? A Conversation on how we describe people of different ethnic groups 

Tuesday May 11th 11.30-13.00

to join this event please register via Eventbrite
Link here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/can-you-hear-me-what-is-in-a-name-tickets-152509761803  

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The BAME Staff Network at the University of Kent would like to promote Dr Martin Glynn and the launch of his new book ‘Reimagining Black Art and Criminology in May (see registration link https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TwQvDZmBTwm3C1Acdqf8Cg

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Martin is an exceptionally creative scholar. His work on ‘dataverbalisation’ for researchers (https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07QF485PC/ref=rdr_kindle_ext_tmb ) is refreshingly imaginative

May 28th 2021 4pm 

2020/21 Meetings

5pm  Thurs 29 April, Fri 28 May, Thurs 24 June, Fri 23 July, Thurs 26 August, Fri 24 Sept, Thurs 21 Oct.

About us

Our BAME Staff Network was launched in October 2019 to support the University’s commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity and provide an active forum for BAME staff to discuss issues and share experiences important to them. Current Network Co-Chairs are Dr Bridget Ng’andu, Dave Thomas, Dr Barbara Adewumi and Vanisha Jassal; all have been staff members at Kent for several years. Two of the Co-Chairs are also studying at the University. We bring a range of experience and knowledge related to both staff and students – critical to a nuanced contextual understanding of BAME experiences at the University.  We have brought this BAME network together to create a community for academic and professional members of staff who identify as being part of a Black Asian Minority ethnic group.  Our aim is to help each other connect in ways that will create a sense of belonging through sharing our experiences and providing support that will drive progressive equitable change. 


To find out more about the chairs, please read their Meet the Co-Chairs blog: BAME Staff Network – Talent and Organisational Development Latest News (kent.ac.uk) and watch their video introductions:   https://kent.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=bd83cd50-a3fd-4a6d-a1fc-abc000ab144c


Terms of Reference

  • The BAME Staff Network aims to:
    • support the University in meeting its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusivity, as governed by the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty, through consultation on the development, design and implementation of policies, processes, services and working practices 
    • work in collaboration with the University in identifying strategies  to address (intersecting) inequalities and provide accessible and appropriate mechanisms of accountability 
    • provide an effective channel of communication between Senior Management and staff of colour who identify as belonging to a BAME background 
    • provide a forum for coaching, mentoring and advocacy for BAME staff/staff of colour 
    • to raise awareness of the broad range of knowledge, skills, expertise and contributions of BAME staff/staff of colour so that the university can make fully informed decisions in advancing its strategic aims, objectives and corporate social responsibilities, as well as promote positive staff experiences 
    • raise awareness of discrimination, harassment, micro-aggressions, pay and/or promotions gaps and other disadvantage experienced by BAME staff/staff of colour

Challenging Racism at the University of Kent Webpage 


Access to Challenging Racism Together Microsite with 3 pre-recorded webinars 

Members

It was agreed to have several co-chairs to take on a shared labour approach to the set up of the network and its future activities in 2019/20 and that these positions should be held by a mix of PS, academic and precariat staff. The following members have kindly agreed to take on the role of interim co-chairs:

BAME Staff Network Co-Chairs:

  • Bridget Ng’ andu
  • Dave Thomas
  • Barbara Adewumi
  • Vanisha Jassal

  Email: bamestaffnetwork@kent.ac.uk

Meeting Minutes

Click on the dates below for notes, summary discussions and good practice examples:

Information

This section is about sharing information and allows members of the BAME network to know about information from organisations or people that might be particularly useful for BAME members of staff (but may not necessarily be exclusive to a BAME audience). 

What is VitaMinds?  
VitaMinds is your local NHS talking therapies service, known as IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). It is a free service. 

VitaMinds are aware that statistically those from a BAME background are significantly under-represented in terms of seeking support for their mental health.  


Please see here a direct link to their online referral form: 

Direct link for online referral to VitaMinds. 

Access the Vitaminds webpage where you can find free self- help resources and webinars.

Past Events:

We had an amazing event where we invited the distinguished Professor Sir Hilary Beckles to provide an online talk at our BAME staff network Annual Race Equality Lecture on the 2nd November 2020.  

To listen to the lecture on "British Universities As Architects Of Slavery And Violent Colonialism: Undoing the Harm" click here.

Please note: in order to listen to the recording, you will need to enter the password: ?1WXVN=7. 

Resources

If you have found a book, article or any other kind of resource particularly helpful as an ally, please email ldev@kent.ac.uk and we can add it to this page.

Research:

The BAME Staff Network seeks to disseminate important research which addresses racial inequalities of any kind.  The below research undertaken by Kijiji Ltd. indicates that Black safeguarding professionals (BSPs) feel that there is a lack of fair and equal progression opportunities for (BSPs) and that their ethnicity has imposed barriers to their career progression:

Solarin et al (2021). Survey Report: opportunities and support for Black safeguarding professionals. (Kijiji Ltd)

UK charities

Twitter threads

Articles

Books

  • Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni-Eddo Lodge
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Brit(ish) by Afua Hirsch
  • The Good Immigrant edited by Nikesh Shukla
  • How to Argue with a Racist by Adam Rutherford
  • Superior: The Return of Race Science by Angela Saini
  • Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
  • White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo

Discover more through Imperial As One's reading list (Imperial login required)

Diversity Mark Toolkits - Tips to diversify your reading lists 

5 tips for being an ally

In this short video, comedian and activisit Franchesca Ramsey, also known as Chescaleigh, gives her five tips for being a good ally.

White saviour vs ally

Learn about the difference between a white saviour and a white ally
Actress and comedian Amanda Seales explains the differences between a white saviour and a white ally. 

Deconstructing white privilege

Understand more about white privilege and what it means
Academic and author Dr Robin DiAngelo deconstructs white privilege and discusses 'white fragility'. 

Talking about race with white people

A brief but spectacular take on talking about race
Author and journalist Renni Eddo-Lodge explains what happens when she tries to talk about race with white people. 

What to do as an ally

Doing anti-racist work: The story of DecoloniseUofK project and the Kaleidoscope Network.

Listen

Listen to what Black people are saying. Check in on your Black friends, family and colleagues and ask what you can do to support them. Remember to acknowledge that there is a lot of hurt and pain. Do not be offended if you are trying to engage and someone is not automatically receptive. You should centre the conversation on their needs, rather than make a performance out of your allyship.If you are on social media, follow the accounts of Black activists. A good place to start is the @ukblm Twitter account, a coalition of UK Black Lives Matter activists.

Boost the voices of Black people

On social media, share threads/posts with donation links and resources and ways to support.

If you come across images or videos of violence against Black people, avoid sharing these as they are traumatising for many and contribute to the further dehumanisation of Black people.

Acknowledge your privilege

Understand that you have white privilege and think about how you can use this privilege to make change and educate others in your community. 

This may not be an easy topic but start by educating yourself and reading on the topic. 

Keep the conversation going with other white people

If you have friends or family who take a different stance on these issues, now is the time to have a hard conversation with them and ask them to rethink their views. 

Now is also the time to have conversations with other like-minded allies. Talk about how you can do better and discuss what you can do to help and pool your efforts.

Practice Social distancing

The UK Government has published their 'Disparities in the risk and outcomes of COVID-19' report. This shows that BAME people are at higher risk of death from COVID-19. The death rates of Black men are 3.9 higher than that of white men, and the death rates of Black women 3.3 times higher than that of white women. 

Practising social distancing is extremely important to save all lives but especially Black lives.

Imperial has a dedicated site for College updates on COVID-19 for our community.

Educate yourself

Do your own research and do not ask or expect Black people to educate you. Read books, especially nonfiction books, by Black authors. Buy them from independent bookshops or borrow them from your library. 

You could start with the suggested articles, books and videos listed below on this page. 

Speak up and challenge racism

If you hear people make racist comments, call them out. It's important to be proactively anti-racist. 

Imperial offers a general Active Bystander training workshop, to empower staff to challenge poor behaviours and bring about cultural change.

Take action and donate

You may not be able to attend a protest due to COVID-19, but you can do other things. For example, contact your MP to ask them about what they are doing to combat racism.

Aside from donating to support the Black Lives Matter cause in the US, you can also make donations to causes closer to home. Or find and support local Black-owned businesses and charities 


Other Ally resources 

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