Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education

Over the past two years we have seen a significant increase in work related to gender equality. Over the last 10 years ECU has been proud to run the Athena SWAN charter mark for the progression of women in the sciences. We are currently extending this to all academic disciplines. Universities who sign-up to the charter mark are, in a public manner, acknowledging the gender inequalities within their culture and processes, engaging in dialogue about them and committing to an action plan outlining the work they will undertake to address the issues.

 

Achieving the same result for race equality has taken longer and we are still not there. Universities are not unique in this; there is a universal reticence within UK society to talk candidly about race, racial inequalities, and tackling institutional racism. The ‘r’ word has been a taboo that we have been reluctant to address.

 

via Facing the taboo of race discrimination in higher education.

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