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.

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Dr Deborah Gabriel

Dr Deborah Gabriel is a Senior Academic based in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. Her work is largely focused on embedding social justice and equality into teaching, research and professional practice. Her background is in journalism and strategic communication, especially in terms of critiquing inequalities within the media, social activism and counterhegemonic practice. She specialises in social justice pedagogy and critical race pedagogy, teaching from a critical race/gender standpoint. She developed the 3D Pedagogy Framework to decolonise, democratise and diversify the higher education curriculum and is expert in qualitative-interpretative research using critical, transformative and emancipatory paradigms, heavily informed by Black feminism and critical race theory. She is the Founder and Director of Black British Academics, and leads on strategic, whole institution approaches to advance race equality at the university as Co-Chair of the Race Equality Steering Group.

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