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News: Being bet­ter allies – BAME Café and beyond

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The events have begun virtually to adhere to social distancing measures
The events have begun virtually to adhere to social distancing measures

At Not­ting­ham Col­lege we are con­tin­u­al­ly striv­ing to cre­ate a tru­ly sup­port­ive and inclu­sive work­ing and learn­ing envi­ron­ment. How­ev­er, there is always more that we need to do. 

Now, more than ever, we all need to lis­ten, learn, and take more action to address any inequal­i­ties that exist. Over the com­ing months, we’ll be high­light­ing some of the ways staff and stu­dents are work­ing togeth­er to achieve this. 

First up, we’re shar­ing a blog post from col­leagues involved in our recent­ly formed BAME Café staff events. 

BAME Café – making change for good

The BAME Café has been set up by some of our staff togeth­er with our Equal­i­ty, Diver­si­ty, and Inclu­sion (EDI) Com­mit­tee. It’s a reg­u­lar event for black and minor­i­ty eth­nic (BAME) staff to share their expe­ri­ences, views and opin­ions in a warm and pro­gres­sive environment. 

The staff BAME Café here at Not­ting­ham Col­lege was in the plan­ning for a while, but was then accel­er­at­ed as a result of con­ver­sa­tions around recent glob­al events and the sup­port for the Black Lives Mat­ter UK movement. 

It also pro­vides a plat­form for open con­ver­sa­tions and dia­logue across our wider Col­lege com­mu­ni­ty and will be in reg­u­lar con­ver­sa­tion with our BAME stu­dent voice groups to see how they can sup­port them as well. 

It will help shape future action in the Col­lege. It’s also a way for staff who aren’t from a BAME back­ground to learn more, and to get involved as allies. 

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What is it all about?

Our main principles/​aims are to cul­ti­vate a change phi­los­o­phy, and more specifically: 

  • Data – using data to iden­ti­fy issues, and to inform deci­sion-mak­ing in terms of the impact on BAME staff and students 
  • Account­abil­i­ty — pur­su­ing trans­paren­cy and account­abil­i­ty. Work­ing towards a BAME strat­e­gy that can be embed­ded into the Col­lege, in an effort to cre­ate pos­i­tive change and expe­ri­ences for the BAME com­mu­ni­ty as stake­hold­ers with­in the College. 
  • Pos­i­tive change – mak­ing con­scious efforts to redress inequal­i­ties and any poten­tial­ly unfair prac­tices that may exist in the Col­lege, which may be reflec­tive of the wider society

What are we doing?

Those of us involved in the BAME Café have some big ambi­tions! We want to high­light the BAME agen­da, help shape strat­e­gy, and pro­mote the pos­i­tive action being under­tak­en in our Col­lege community. 

We’ll be work­ing with stu­dents and staff from across the Col­lege, and we are guid­ed by our five main principles:

A place to capture experiences

It’s a warm, progressive and inviting place. The idea is to gain insights from our BAME staff, to inform decision-making and future strategy.

Providing targeted support

Not only does the café allow staff to support each other, but it’s also a way to find out what support is needed from across the College.

Considering our surroundings

We’ll be exploring ways that we can further promote and celebrate the contributions of our BAME staff and students. We’ll also explore how we can mark BAME contributions from our wider society.

Somewhere to raise concerns

We’ll note down any concerns that people have, and work with the College to improve any practices or areas where inequalities may occur, that might be reflective of our wider society.

A solution-focused approach

We’ll work to identify any areas of concern, then come up with lots of ideas and ways we think the College can improve, together with the College's EDI Committee.

In the short time the events have been run­ning (over the past few months), the group have already start­ed to put an action plan in place. We’ll share some of these achieve­ments in a future blog post.

Note: our cur­rent stu­dents can find all the infor­ma­tion about how to get their voice heard, (for exam­ple through the stu­dent voice groups men­tioned here) on the Col­lege’s stu­dent Well­be­ing Hub, which they can find through the stu­dent intranet. 

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  • 18th January 2021 (9:00 AM)
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