Despite the widespread use of the phrase BAME, where possible it should never replace the immense diversity and distinct ethnic identities of each individual.BAME stands for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic and is a term used frequently in Britain as an umbrella term for non-white ethnic minority communities. Other countries may also use POC which stands for People of Colour or BIPOC, which stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour. Ethnic minority communities in the UK can also include some international students who, along with British ethnic minorities, are part of the ‘global majority’.
Your Students’ Union supports over 200 societies, creating plenty of opportunities to meet new people, try new things and get involved.
There are a number of international and cultural Societies available for you to connect with, including the African Caribbean Society (York ACS), the Chinese Society and the Brit Asian Society to name a few.
The student ambassador scheme recruits current York students to work with schools and prospective students to communicate what life is like at York and what it means to be a student. If you're an international student you can apply to become an international ambassador.
There are many ways you can transform your University, YUSU, or the community you live in. If you have an idea and want to spark a conversation:
Make your voice heard! Make sure you take every opportunity to have your say, from the Societies Committee Reps election, to voting for the officers that will represent you to the University and the City of York.
A Student Adviser can help you if you're not sure how to apply for funding, if you're not sure you're getting all the funding that you're entitled to, or if you are simply struggling to manage your finances. Submit a self-referral enquiry to the Student Hub.
There's lots of great resources online to encourage people to learn more about anti-racism, Black history and white privilege. We’ve created a summary slideshow compiling some of these resources.
Taking care of your physical and mental health is so important. The University has many sources of help and support available, as well as a variety of links to external services.
For further information, including tips for your wellbeing and a range of workshops and groups available:
All our students should be able to live, learn and research in a peaceful and supportive environment. However, if you experience or witness misconduct, bullying, abuse, hate crime, harassment or violence, you can report it using the online Report and Support tool.
If you report with contact details a member of staff will make contact to discuss what you would like to happen next and discuss the support available for you. If you report anonymously the University will use this information to better understand the issues impacting our University community, to monitor trends and inform proactive and preventative work.
For more guidance, see our dignity at work and study policy.
If you want to discuss ideas you have related to opportunities, getting involved, or accessing support, please contact Lisa Gill, Student Support and Advice Coordinator at the Student Hub. If you're interested in getting involved with student networks, advocacy and representation, please get in touch with Fiks and Simi, your 2020/21 YUSU BAME officers.