REACH students, welcome to your digital hub!
REACH stands for Race, Ethnicity and Cultural Heritage. This was chosen as the new name of the network (formerly known as BAME) by members of the student body in the 22-23 Academic Year, and is for the empowerment and promotion of diverse voices. This network is open to all students of African, Middle-Eastern, Asian, Caribbean, Indigenous American, and Indigenous South Pacific Islander heritage.
This is a space for students to come together and bring about positive change to REACH students' experiences at university and beyond. We want to ensure that the views and needs of students who identify with REACH are heard in the Guild, University of Liverpool and wider society. With this network, we want to inspire connections, conversations and community.
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Discover useful resources, support and how to get involved below.
- Racism at University – 24% of students from ethnic minority backgrounds have experienced racial harassment since starting their course. The figures were highest for Black students (29%) and Asian students (27%) 20% of students had been physically attacked. 56% of students who had been racially harassed had experienced racist name-calling, insults and jokes (Tackling Racism in Higher Education; EHRC 2019)
- Why is My Curriculum White? – We must consider the content of our courses, how it is taught and who is teaching us. REACH students are under-represented by our curricula, with our histories and ancestral narratives omitted from mainstream discourse. We are also under-represented in academic – 92.39% of professors in UK academia are White (Aiming Higher Report, 2015).
- The government’s own figures show serious disparities in academic awarding, with only 56 per cent of black students achieving a First of 2:1, compared to 80 per cent of their white peers (Gov.UK, 2022)
- In 2016-7 just 25 black women were recorded as working as professors, out of a total of 19,000 professors. More than 14,000 white men were recorded as professors, compared with just 90 black men (Independent, 2019
- Individuals identifying as a minority status are more likely to experience feelings of social isolation, prejudice, and discrimination...the effects of minority status have been reported to negatively impact mental health, leading to an increased perceived stress score and depressive symptoms. These two factors are known to contribute to earning potential and academic progression (Bridging the BAME attainment gap, 2022)
- Disproportionate representation of ethnic minorities in academic roles has previously been described as hindering the ability of BAME students to envisage careers in related fields and is a source of demotivation (Bridging the BAME attainment gap, 2022)
Join the REACH Network for a safe space to socialise, share experiences and discuss issues with likeminded people, make real change and gain CV boosting skills through organising campaigns, events and social activities.
There are lots of societies you can get involved with, such as our Celebrating Culture societies
BME Medics formed their society in 2018 with the aim of uniting students of Black and Ethnic Minority Groups in the medical field. They seek to combat the feeling of isolation often felt by minority ethnicities by creating a community in which students can share experiences and learn together.
Afro-Caribbean Society (or ACS) produce interesting and exciting events that inspire and entertain their members, aiming to celebrate African and Caribbean culture. They stand for unity and provide a comfortable, friendly and enjoyable environment for everyone and anyone to come and partake in experiencing Afro-Caribbean culture. From parties to career-networking events, they provide opportunities to excel in your university career and enjoy your time here.
1. I May Destroy You
2. Top Boy
3. Lady Parts
4. Man Like Mobeen
5. In the Long Run
6. Dear White People
8. When They See Us
10. Sex Education
11. Chewing Gum
14. Kim’s Convenience
15. Awkwafina is Nora From Queens
16. The Mindy Project
1. Hidden Figures
2. Coded Bias
3. Black Panther
4. The Farewell
11. Get Out
13. Queen of Katwe
14. Crazy Rich Asians
16. Spirited Away
1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
2. The Girl with a Louding Voice by Abi Dare
3. Love in Color: Mythical Tales from Around the World, Retold Book by Bolu Babalola
4. All Boys Aren’t Blue by George M. Johnson
5. Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
6. Misfits: A Personal Manifesto by Michaela Cole
7. Natives: Race and Class in the Ruins of Empire by Akala
8. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
9. Girl, Women, Other by Bernadine Evaristo
10. Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
11. Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
12. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
13. The Colour Purple by Alice Walker
14. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
- UK Black Pride - is an organisation that advocates, fights for, supports and celebrates LGBTQ people of colour. Although 2020’s Black Pride event had to be cancelled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, 2021’s Black Pride is going ahead, so your donations will help to fund this and other events (both digital and physical) as well as supporting community outrush and hardship funds. DONATE — UKBP (ukblackpride.org.uk)
- Discrimination Law Association - “The DLA is a non-profit network that brings together a broad range of discrimination law practitioners, policy experts, academics, and concerned individuals and organisations, all united around a commitment to strengthening anti-discrimination law, practice, advice and education in the UK. Who we are | Discrimination Law Association
- Access UK - (African Caribbean Careers & Employment Support Services UK), is a BME careers solutions specialist. A charity/social enterprise that offers end to end, bespoke IAG services for young BME (Black Minority Ethnic) beneficiaries. Our culturally competent and community-based services centres around improving outcomes within the three E's of EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT & ENTERPRISE. “https://www.accessuk.org/