Momentum is building for change. 2017-18 saw an inspiring protest, as well as some thought-provoking events discussing institutionalised racism, white privilege and implicit bias with speakers like Reni Eddo-Lodge and Dr Anita Franklin.
Take Racism Seriously will build on this momentum to educate people about racism and actively challenge racism in all of its forms.
Your email will be received by senior SU staff and discussed with student representatives of BME Committee. Emails will be checked daily to identify any urgent action needed, identify any hate crimes and advise students of additional routes available to them like making a formal complaint to the University. A response, if required, will be received within 2 weeks for non-urgent emails and much faster where necessary.
We may share the contents of your email, and any other information you send us, if we believe you have raised any welfare, safety or risk issues.
As well as action specific to the incident or experience reported, emails will also be used to inform longer term understanding of racism on campus and appropriate ways to combat this.
Take Racism Seriously has a double focus. To identify and tackle incidences of racism on campus, including through the use of firstname.lastname@example.org; and for people (particularly White people) to really understand the problem.
Racism is often seen as a polarity - you’re either a racist, or you are completely immune to racism. But what if we all live in an imperfect society with subtle racist norms and structures?
The next time you hear unacceptable ‘banter’ or experience discrimination, call it out via email@example.com
You can also join the conversation at facebook.com/ShefUniBME or use #takeracismseriously
Racism at university: Black students share their experiences
Reni Eddo-Lodge: ‘Britain is in denial about race’ - Viewsnight