University of Bradford - Can You Hear Me?
What is in a Name? A Conversation on how we describe people of different ethnic groups
Tuesday May 11th 11.30-13.00
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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
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
5pm Thurs 29 April, Fri 28 May, Thurs 24 June, Fri 23 July, Thurs 26 August, Fri 24 Sept, Thurs 21 Oct.
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
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
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:
Access the Vitaminds webpage where you can find free self- help resources and webinars.
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.
If you have found a book, article or any other kind of resource particularly helpful as an ally, please email email@example.com and we can add it to this page.
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)
- Runnymede, a race equality think-tank
- Race on the Agenda, a social policy think-tank
- Stephen Lawrence Trust works with and supports young people
- Operation Black Vote tackles the Black democratic deficit
- StopWatch UK works to ensure fair and accountable policing
- United Families & Friends Campaign against police custody deaths
- 10 steps to non-optical allyship
- So you don't like racism but you're in the UK and feel powerless
- How to be mindful when you check in on your Black friends
- A thread by Equality Diversity & Inclusion in Science and Health
- A thread listing some Black businesses in the UK
- White privilege: unpacking the invisible knapsack
- Guidelines for being strong white allies
- White people, here's how we can be better allies and anti-racist
- Why you should stop saying "all lives matter"
- Racial microaggressions in science
- Is Covid-19 an “equal opportunity disease”? – Social Work 2020 under Covid-19 (shef.ac.uk)
- 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)
What to do as an ally
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.
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