SUBU BME awards celebrate student of colour achievements

SUBU BME awards celebrate student of colour achievements

The SUBU BME awards is a student-developed initiative that aims to celebrate student of colour contributions and achievements at Bournemouth University and is a positive step forward in transforming the institutional culture into a more culturally democratic space. 

The 2017 awards delivered an evening of entertainment and celebration with two choirs, a musical performance, dance performance and performance poetry. It was great to see the contributions that students of colour make towards “enriching the world” being recognised – if only within the student union. While it was nice to see one or two colleagues, it was a pity that university leadership was not there to share the experience .

BU still has some way to go to creating a more inclusive, equitable and culturally democratic environment and addressing racial disparities like the attainment gap. So when students take a giant step forward by developing strategies to create inclusion, these achievements should be more widely recognised and acknowledged across the institution.

I was proud to be there to celebrate student success and to present the award for Academic Excellence to three outstanding students: Ikram Asghar, Claudia Amoah and Sharon Nyangwe.

Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Gabriel is a leader in race, education and social justice as the Founder and Director of Black British Academics. Her intellectual work is interdisciplinary and broadly focused on the dynamics of race, gender and culture and the relationships between race, power, privilege, and inequality. As a consultant, she specializes in strategic approaches to equity, diversity and inclusion centred on social justice and transformation.

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