Race equality: share your personal reflections

Chair of the Black, Asian and other Minority Ethnic (BAME) Staff Network, Professor Amaka Offiah, invites you to share your personal perspectives on race equality to support the open conversations that we must continue across the University.

"Thank you to everyone who has shared their concerns, reflections and suggestions about race equality, particularly over the past few difficult weeks. It is vitally important that we all continue to talk, share and learn together as we progress our commitment to long-term actions that will improve race equality and culture in general and at the University in particular.

"One way we think we might do this is to share some individual personal perspectives from BAME staff and students and from our student and staff allies who are non-BAME. The thinking is that these could be reflective pieces that support the open conversations that we have started and must continue across the University.

"If you would like to share a personal reflection for consideration for the BAME Staff Network web pages and/or the University’s inclusion web pages, please submit a maximum of 300 words to bamenetwork@sheffield.ac.uk by close of play Friday 10 July. If you would like, please also include a good quality photo of yourself. If you prefer that your piece is anonymous, please let us know and we will be sure not to include any identifying information. We will work with the University communications team to select and prepare pieces for the web pages and reserve the right to edit content without altering the fundamental meaning or perspective of your comment.

"Below are some ideas you may wish to consider when writing your reflective piece. Feel free to use some or all of these, or not, as suits you. Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you."

Many thanks,

Professor Amaka C Offiah

Ideas you may wish to consider when writing your reflective piece

  • What are your personal reflections on recent events in the United States and across the world and the Black Lives Matter movement? What do you think this means for UK universities?
  • What do you feel are the main issues affecting Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities in the United Kingdom at this time, including for example your reflections on the Covid-19 pandemic?
  • If you'd like to, please share something of your own personal experience as someone from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities - one positive experience and one difficult experience. These could be work-related or not.
  • How do you think we in the United Kingdom will look back at this time in history?
  • What for you is the most important action we can take as a University to progress race equality?
  • Are there any resources such as books, films, websites, podcasts that you’d like to direct people to?