skip to primary navigation skip to content
 

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity word cloud

Improving Diversity and Inclusion across the Faculty

The Faculty’s new Equality and Inclusion working group is composed of both students and staff and has begun work on various initiatives to improve inclusion across the Faculty.

Pride Month 2020

Pride parade London

Due to the current situation around Covid-19, the Pride in London parade, scheduled for 27th June 2020, has been cancelled for this year but will return in 2021. This is an important event in the LGBT+ calendar and for those who choose this location for celebration and recognition of the LGBT+ community. The Equality and Inclusion Working Group would like to acknowledge Pride in London weekend and recognises the work which still needs to be done across the Faculty of Education to make it a safe, inclusive and representative space for all from our LGBT+ community. To our LGBT+ staff and students holding any virtual and appropriately socially-distanced events in lieu of the Pride in London parade this weekend, enjoy and stay Covid-19 safe.

Statement from the Equality and Inclusion Working Group

We, colleagues representing the Faculty of Education’s Equality and Inclusion Working Group, stand in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter and other global communities calling attention to systemic racism. Unless we are from Black communities, we cannot truly understand the deep-rooted and justified anger, anxiety, fear and frustrations felt about the killing of George Floyd and the wider lived experiences of racism and oppression faced by broader marginalised communities, but we see and acknowledge the systemic failings which have brought us here today. Change is long overdue.


We support and are inspired by protests in the US and around the world responding to the unjust killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and countless other BIPOC. We sincerely hope that recent events in the US alongside the solidarity shown across nations and communities will make people, particularly White communities, think about the human impact of discrimination. We recognise that Black communities have suffered a long history of varied and violent colonial projects across the world and their associated “racial violence, terror, exploitation and long-term harm” (https://www.v-c.admin.cam.ac.uk/projects/legacies-of-enslavement/initial-report). We also recognise the injustices, marginalisation and segregation that Black communities continue to face.


We have a long way to travel for the equity to which we aspire, but we are committed to social justice and change for good. Robust engagement with the University’s Race Equality Charter (REC) work is central to our agenda. Our aim is to be a force for change within the Faculty of Education in aspects of the wider REC action plan, which can be found at https://www.race-equality.admin.cam.ac.uk/strategic-initiatives-overview/race-equality-charter. We also aim to celebrate and champion those staff and students addressing and confronting racial inequalities at the Faculty and beyond. As we work to improve, we recognise the disproportionate labour of BIPOC colleagues and students in educating White colleagues and students. We commit to sharing that labour better and to supporting those who have suffered in the context of our past and ongoing failures. As a diverse Working Group, we are also aware of our particular privileges, and we feel strongly about addressing these to benefit our whole Education community at the Faculty and beyond. In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, its disproportionate effect on BAME communities, and the economic, cultural, and political precarity in which so many people live, we stand in solidarity with all students, staff and alumni. In particular, we stand shoulder to shoulder with marginalised groups across our Faculty and University community and pledge to drive for change.


The Vice Chancellor’s statement can be read here: https://www.cam.ac.uk/notices/news/message-from-professor-stephen-j-toope-vice-chancellor


For anyone who needs support related to the events surrounding the killing of George Floyd, we especially recommend the following sites:


Sandwell African Caribbean Mental Health Foundation (https://www.sacmhf.co.uk/). SACMHF is a charity that provides a range of culturally sensitive services predominantly for Black African, Caribbean, Dual heritage people who are recovering from severe and enduring mental ill health, their families, carers and the wider community.


Mind (https://www.mind.org.uk/). This national mental health charity helps anyone who requires support, but it has engaged in two specific projects looking at the mental health of young Black men: The ‘Up My Street programme (https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/our-policy-work/the-nhs-long-term-plan/up-my-street/) and ‘300 Voices: Time to Change’ project (https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/sites/default/files/Time%20to%20change%20-%20300%20Voices%20Toolkit%20comp.pdf).


University of Cambridge’s Staff Counselling Centre and related resources can also be found at:
https://www.wellbeing.admin.cam.ac.uk/wellbeing-initiatives
https://staff.counselling.cam.ac.uk/


Sincerely and in solidarity,
The Equality and Inclusion Working Group.

New Initiatives

Current projects include:

  • training for staff and students,
  • improved hiring practices,
  • representation for equality issues in Faculty governance,
  • embedding diversity in strategic planning,
  • a system to champion areas identified for improvement.

Find out more about this group

If you would like to know more about the group or if you would like to suggest issues for the group to discuss, please contact the chair, Janet Ramdeo: jr786@cam.ac.uk 

Further information on E&D at Cambridge

The University of Cambridge Equality and Diversity website provides further information on E&D including policies related to E&D, new initiatives, E&D events and training.

Quick Links

University E&D