Essex has a zero tolerance approach towards racism and is committed to the Race Equality Charter, which aims to improve representation of the Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) community in higher education. We are also developing resources to help departments decolonise their curricula, using a number of tools including a library guide and a review of reading lists to include a diversity of perspectives.
The Essex End Everyday Racism research project was launched in 2023 to offer students and staff a way of sharing their experiences of racism on an anonymous basis. The aim of the research is to build a picture of the impact of racism on students and staff to support anti-racism advocacy and social justice activism at Essex and beyond.
There are a range of societies and groups for both students and staff that provide a friendly environment for socialising and engaging in social and political issues:
The Student's Union Black Social and Political Society aims to raise awareness of the issues facing the Black community through events and debates, and collaborates with local organisations on volunteering schemes and student career development.
The BAME community staff forum is a group for Essex staff and PhD students to share their experiences, and discuss ways of addressing inequalities.