This project is for everyone. There continues to be a lack of recognition of the consequences that racism can have for everyday lives. Racism can take multiple forms. For example, online abuse, the denying of racial or ethnic experiences, assuming that one race is less intelligent or capable than another and underestimating their potential, not recognising people’s achievements, racial harassment, name calling, making some groups feel unwelcome in social spaces. Experiences of racism need to be made more visible as part of the process of calling out racism and addressing it.
By encouraging staff and students to share their experiences on an anonymous and informal basis, the project will help the research team to draw on individual stories to develop periodic reports that not only help to map racism but also support anti-racism activities and initiatives.
We aim to develop our understanding of everyday racism with numeric, descriptive and geographic evidence, in order to build a collective case to support antiracism advocacy and social justice activism at the University and further afield.
We are asking members of the University of Essex to participate anonymously, sharing their experiences of what, how and where racism happens. We want to build our understanding of the impact of racism on the lives of students and staff.
It is important you understand this is a research project, not a formal reporting procedure. If you share information about your experiences of racism this will feed into the research and related anti-racism advocacy activities. No disciplinary action will be taken.
Should you need further support, or wish to take disciplinary action, please visit support for victims of racism to learn more.