In partnership with the university, we commissioned a report into students’ experiences of hate crime and hate incidents, launched our #NeverOK campaign, contributed to the Race Equality Charter Submission and worked hard to increase BAME student participation in our democratic processes.
We’re extremely proud of this work, but we still can’t say with certainty that Black students have a truly equitable experience to white students at Keele. We know that some of this work might be uncomfortable, but we also know it’s crucial and pressing. We know we have a lot of work to do in educating ourselves, dismantling white supremacy, and supporting Black students. It is not the place of black students to educate others on racism, this is not our intention. As a Union, we strive to ensure that our campaigns are member led.
Our responsibility to you involves gathering student opinions and ideas on anti-racism. So, we are asking all of our students to tell us what you want to see your Union do to tackle racism head on. We are committed to creating change on an individual and institutional level, working with existing student groups doing anti-racist work and engaging new student campaigners. We have created the space below for you to send us your confidential submissions and suggestions. These will be passed to the new Elected Officer team who start in July and will be setting the organisational priorities for the next year.
If you would like more resources, NUS have compiled this Twitter thread.
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