Black History Month; an update


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At the University of Nottingham Students’ Union, we’ve recently celebrated Black History Month 2020 by empowering and supporting our members to organise over 30 student-led events. We also recognise that October is not the only month that we should platform Black voices and champion Black liberation work.

 

Because of this, we are now committing to producing an update each term on the work we have done which aims to improve the experience of Black students at the University of Nottingham. 

 

During Term 1 at UoNSU, we have: 

  • In line with Black students' feedback, we are training all Students’ Union staff to ensure we are equipped to signpost and support victims of hate crime, hate incidence and microaggressions
  • Recently delivered our brand-new Inclusion and Liberation Training day for student group committees. Over 360 attendees learnt about 21st-century oppression, inclusive language, hate-crime training and how to be inclusive in their student group’s activities
  • Organised the opportunity for URN and Impact Magazine to interview the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Equality, Diversity, Inclusion, and People, and Stacey Johnson MBE regarding the work that University is doing to improve the experience for Black students
  • Engaged in ongoing conservations and work regarding a racist incident which occurred in the School of Medicine 
  • Set up our first Black History Month Student Planning Committee to make sure our Black student Societies and Liberation Networks had the sufficient support and funds to deliver a comprehensive range of events for Black History Month 2020

We commit to do better, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us with any questions or suggestions.

 

Hera Aryubi, BME Officer | Sam Hawkins, Liberation Officer 

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