In the final event of our Academic Rep Conference, VP Education Alissa Chohan is co-hosting this workshop with students to speak about what the SU and the University should be doing to improve key areas of the overall student experience for 'BAME' students.
There’s no denying that the student experience has been massively different this year, but that doesn’t mean that problems that already existed have been changed radically by the current approach in providing education. The experience of Black, Asian and other ethnic minorities is one such area and it is about time that the University and the Students’ Union ramp up their work and actions to create a more inclusive, safe and assuring environment for all students from all backgrounds. We must look to build trust that they are part of a supportive community, that not only promotes but genuinely cares, supports and embraces the cultures and difficulties that students from different backgrounds face.
Alissa will be joined by other students, who are seeking to contribute to making long-term impactful change and holding both the SU and the University accountable, to co-lead this session. There will be a range of whole group, and also smaller group discussions, to speak about the key areas of the overall student experience, including catering facilities and events, the academic environment, from the representation of staff and students to decolonising the curriculum, and the level of support services offered to those students who have faced tough experiences.
To follow this session, we will aim to present key ideas and objectives to SU staff and the University, but all comments and thoughts expressed will remain anonymous outside of the session. It will be a safe space for students to express anything they like, but there is no expectation for students to speak about any personal experiences should they not feel comfortable doing so. The thoughts of students under the term ‘BAME’ will vary, but this event is open to all students from all backgrounds to get their voice heard.
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