Hey everyone! It's Triumph Thursday which means it’s time to give my monthly update of what I have been up to recently.
This semester I have launched my ‘Is My Curriculum Inclusive?’ discussions for my Building Bridges for an Inclusive Curriculum campaign. These discussions will be an informal way for both students and staff to come together and openly discuss the curriculum, its diversity, representation and how this can be improved. The whole point is to encourage students to speak up about their experiences and to lobby the university to make the curriculum more inclusive. If you have missed any dates and want to still have a say, please feel free to drop me a Facebook message or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org as I’d love to hear your views. On Wednesday 8th May, I will be holding a roundtable discussion for a set number of students and staff that allow both parties to discuss what could academic staff do to make the curriculum more inclusive for students; more information about this will be out soon so keep an eye out!
Next week, I will be launching a hate crime and harassment survey. The purpose of this survey is to measure and understand the amount of hate incidents, hate crimes and harassment incidents that have occurred whilst students have been at university – this could be student to student, staff to student or local resident (in which your campus is located) to student. This will be available for students to fill out from the end of February to the end of term (Friday 12th April). It is a short survey which will only take five minutes max to fill out.
This semester, I will be releasing a self and collective care handbook for students which will go through what self and collective care is, tips and other relative information and activities. More information will be available within the coming weeks so, again, keep your eyes peeled!
Over the past few months, I have been working with the Careers and Employability department on ways we can reduce the attainment gap between BAME students and white students getting a job after graduation (currently, BAME students are less likely to get a job six months after graduation). They have partnered up with Creative Access which is an organisation that help supply BAME and/or low socio-economic students get a job within the creative industries. One of the sessions coming up is a CV and interview clinic at ITV Offices in London. There are only 15 spaces available so if you are interested and fit the description above, please email your CV to Kasia at email@example.com by Sunday 10th March.
A national campaign that I want you all to be aware of is the Students Not Suspect movement that was came about through the NUS Black Students’ Campaign and the Women’s Campaign. NUS have been campaigning against this since 2015 and the campaign’s sole purpose was to bring awareness of the flaws within Prevent and how it deliberately targets Muslim students as well as fighting against the strategy. Prevent is one of the four strands of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, which is also known as ‘CONTEST’. This strategy is meant to tackle the radicalisation of extremism. The issue with Prevent however, is that is have been widely accuse of being both racist and Islamophobic and used to deliberately target Muslims and restricting their day-to-day lives. There has been a number of students at different institutions across the country that have been affected by it during their time at university which has ultimately affected their student experience.
They have a number of resources that break down what the Prevent agenda is, its history and why they are campaigning against it. If you would like to research this further, here are handbooks that will give you a greater knowledge to what Prevent is:
Anyway, that’s all for today, folks! I will be back next month with another update but, until then, make sure you attend the final few LGBTQ+ History Month events!