The Journey From Critical Conversations to Critical Action: We stand united against racism
In the third webinar in the series of the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) funded project ‘Tackling racism on campus: Raising awareness and creating the conditions for confident conversations’, join the following speakers who will discuss ‘The Journey From Critical Conversations to Critical Action: We stand united against racism’.
- Dr Donna MacKinnon, Director of Access, Learning and Outcomes, Scottish Funding Council;
- Professor Craig Mahoney, Vice Chancellor, University of the West of Scotland;
- Paul Little, Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow College
- Khadija Mohammed, Project Steering Group Chair;
- Professor Rowena Arshad, Professor of Multicultural and Anti-Racist Education, University of Edinburgh
- With a message from Richard Lochhead, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, The Scottish Government.
The EHRC inquiry ‘Universities Challenged’ (2019) explored racial harassment in universities. In Scotland, we recognise that the issues raised are not contained to university campuses but reflect the experience of the black and minority ethnic population in Scotland. Accordingly, we recognise that the experience that staff and students report in our universities is likely to be experienced in our colleges. For this reason, this project will support and provide resources for use in both colleges and universities.
The Race Project Steering Group came together from early 2020 to being forward an SFC funded joint tertiary sector response to the EHRC ‘Universities Challenged’ Report. The predominately BAME Group quickly recognised the need to openly name racism. This ‘naming’ was recognised as a way to support tackling the systemic nature of racism across FE/HE education settings, in both physical and virtual campuses, as microcosms of society. These elements amplified the pressing need to address the hidden characteristics of racism embedded in how our institutions work and push for necessary structural change.
To these ends, the Steering Group focuses on three pillars of action;
The Declaration: A joint, public intention that names, rejects and addresses racism
The Statement of Intent: A framework supporting embedding anti-racism
The Campaign: Tools to further awareness and capacity building for tangible change
In this webinar, we as leaders in the Scottish sector are here to support the work against racism and racial harassment, and will be sharing
1) Why we are supporting the Declaration
2) Our vision for our institution
3) How we start to understand and prioritise the actions required to ensure longevity and sustainability in anti-racist work.
A first stage in galvanising the sector comes from Scottish colleges and universities making a Declaration of anti-racism. I am looking forward to welcoming you to the session on the 14 August 2020 as we begin that process.
Race Steering Group Project