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Anti-racism work

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Anti-racism work

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Our aims

British Medical Association – Racial Harassment Charter 

BSMS are formally committed to the British Medical Association’s Racial harassment charter which provides a framework in order to prevent and address racial inequity and harassment within medical schools. The charter provides a set of actions to help medical schools work towards identifying and tackling institutional and cultural barriers. 

Read more about the BMA Racial Harassment Charter here >

Anti-Racism Action Group

In order to connect the anti-racism work being developed within the medical school, BSMS have established an Anti-Racism Action Group to address racial equality throughout the school. The groups objectives include:

  • Decolonising the curriculum 
  • Providing inclusive guidance on teaching materials for staff
  • Improving the quality of reporting incidents of racial harassment
  • Providing training to staff on how to deal with racism at university and within placements 
  • Introducing student inclusivity representatives to work and engage with students and staff 
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Who is involved?

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Anti-Racism Forums  

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BSMS is hosting a series of school wide Anti-Racism Forums in order to provide regular updates about how these projects are progressing throughout the school. We encourage staff and students to share their experiences of racism within the school and welcome critical discussion, concerns and contributions. 

Past Forums

Monday 29 June 2020: Student and Staff Anti-Racism Forum 
Wednesday 4 November 2020: Student-focused Anti-Racism Forum  

Future Forums

Wednesday 14 April 2021: Staff-focused Anti-Racism Forum
Wednesday 12 May 2021: Student focused Anti-Racism Forum  

For further information please email inclusivity@bsms.ac.uk 

Institutional Racial Equality Charters 

The Universities of Brighton and Sussex have joined Advance HE’s Race Equality Charter, which provides a framework through which institutions work to identify and self-reflect on institutional and cultural barriers standing in the way of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. Member institutions develop initiatives and solutions for action, and can apply for a Bronze or Silver REC award, depending on their level of progress.

Read more about the Advance HE Racial Equality Charter here >

University of Brighton

The University of Brighton participated in the trial framework with 21 other volunteer institutions, resulting in eight institutions receiving a Bronze Award. Following participation in 2015, the university increased capacity and resources to fully meet the expectations of the scheme.

Read more here >

University of Sussex

The University of Sussex joined the Advance HE Racial Equality Charter in December 2018 and is working towards an application under the Charter by February 2022.

Read more here > 

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Resources

  • Mind the Gap Handbook – Developed by Malone Mukwende in partnership with Margot Turner and Peter Tamony from St George’s University of London. The handbook can now be downloaded as an e-book on the Black and Brown Skin website - read more here >
  • Book recommendations - available from the University of Brighton library:
    • Postcolonial banter - read more here >
    • The inner work of racial justice - read more here >
    • Healing Racial Trauma: The Road to Resilience by Sheila Wise Rowe and Soong-Chan Rah - read more here >
    • The Racial Healing Handbook by Annaliese Singh - read more here >
    • The Racial Healing Handbook: Practical Activities to Help Challenge Privilege, Confront Systematic Racism, and Engage in Collective Healing - read more here >
    • The struggle over black lives matter… - read more here >
  • The University of Sussex offers Unconscious Bias training for staff members. Read more here >
  • Links to local anti-racism websites –