School of Media, Film and Music

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Black Lives Matter

We pledge our support to our Black students and staff across the University. We condemn the violence and terror of racism, particularly within governments and law enforcement bodies tasked with protecting people. Black lives matter.

Recent events are a stark reminder that we can lose no more time in producing the cultural shift we would like to see reflected in the wider society within which we work. We know that we have a role to address racism and secure racial equality within the HE sector, to ensure that our staff, students, and curriculum reflect the values that will move us towards justice. Staff and students are critical in helping us all to learn about our shortcomings and these conversations inform our ambitions for the future and feed our commitment to dedicating resources towards making changes.

Whilst many of our students and staff work tirelessly on anti-racist projects already, we acknowledge the labour that this entails, and that that labour is overwhelmingly provided voluntarily. This is not acceptable. We will continue to urge the University to support this work by putting additional actual resources in place. At School level and beyond, we will work to develop increased mental health support for Black students and staff; to improve recruitment practices to ensure more equitable opportunity for Black applicants; to continue our support for decolonising the curriculum; to make training on cultural competency and race equality mandatory for all staff.

The School of Media, Film and Music is committed to understanding why there is an awarding gap between Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and their white counterparts in the school, and has made this a standing item for the School's Senior Management Team to develop resources to help overcome this gap.

The School of Media, Film and Music's mission includes critical engagement with equalities, freedom and social justice. As part of this we acknowledge the need to be part of addressing the issue that has been impacting the lives of black people and people of colour for generations: Racism. In 2019, the School appointed Dr Naaz Rashid as its Director of Race Equality; other colleagues focus on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; all these colleagues are on the School's Management Team. But we recognise the need to do much more, and to stand in solidarity with our Black students and staff by helping to embed principles of justice and equality into the foundation of the new School of Media, Arts and Humanities, which the School of Media, Film and Music will join in September 2020.

Links to further information for students and staff wishing to learn more about the broader context in relation to these issues:

Eddo-Lodge, Reni, Why I’m no longer talking to white people about race (Bloomsbury, 2017), Available via this link: https://ebookcentral.proquest.com/lib/suss/reader.action?docID=5246807

An article in the Guardian 30 May 2017 by the same author: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/may/30/why-im-no-longer-talking-to-white-people-about-race

Statement with further links/resources by the Sussex Students’ Union: https://www.sussexstudent.com/news/article/ussu/Black-Lives-Matter/