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Student Guide

Race and culture

We are proud of our diverse community and celebrate the wide range of cultures through events and societies.

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The University is also committed to addressing any perceived barriers in providing and promoting inclusive practices for staff and students from black and minority ethnic (BME) groups and target areas to remove inequalities. Continue reading to find out more.

Student Success project

The Student Success (EDI) Project is an institutional research project investigating student attainment and retention, with a particular focus on BME students.

The award-winning project has introduced several initiatives to improve your learning experience, including student progress profiles and the virtual student adviser. They also run Inspirational Speaker events which feature BME speakers and inspire our students. View the programme.

Events

Black History Month

Black History Month is an important event in the equality, diversity and inclusion calendar and we wish to recognise its significance as a part of race equality.

We are currently planning our activities for the forthcoming year and invite you to celebrate and explore black history, heritage, culture, and achievements with us during 2018-19.

See what we have done for Black History Month in previous years on the Student Services webpages and School of Music and Fine Arts blog.

Worldfest

Worldfest, is the University’s annual festival of multiculturalism and diversity, which takes place at both Canterbury and Medway campuses in the spring term.

Each year we hold a variety of events and activities to celebrate Kent’s diverse student population.

The more students who get involved the better. We would like to hear from you if you would like to be involved. Please email Becky Lamyman for further details.

Kent Union initiatives

Kent Union supports the ‘Diversify my curriculum campaign’ which aims to diversify Kent's reading lists by asking students to suggest books to their lecturers with a focus on under-represented ethnicities and genders (including non-binary genders). For more information visit the Kent Union website.

Kent Union Part-Time Officers for 2018-19

  • Davino Beckford - BME Officer (Black Place)
  • KG Bankojo - BME Officer (Open Place)

Student groups and societies

Kent has a number of societies that celebrate cultural diversity.

This includes: ABACUS, African-Caribbean, Arab Society, Asian, Bangladeshi, Black Art Studies, Chinese, East African Society, Kent Hong Kong Society, Indian, Indonesian, UKC Japan Society, Kent Mauritian, Kent Zimbabwe, Kurdish, Malaysian Society, Nepal Society, Nigerian Law Society, Pakistani, Persian, Pan African Think Tank, Singapore Society, South African Society, Tamil Society, Taiwan, UKC Filipino, UKC Korea, Vietnam, West African Union.

Find out more about these societies on Kent Union's website.

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