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Durham University

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter - How can I help?

At Durham University we want to inspire and foster a community of expression and engagement. We would encourage our community to be active in the fight against racism. Below are ways we as individuals, and collectively as part of a community, can help and use our voices.

Support Organisations

There are a number of organisations that do essential work to tackle inequalities. Some of the ways we as a community can support the work of these organisations is: volunteering, sharing and crediting their content on social media, and donating. Some organisations you could consider reading about and supporting are;

Signing Petitions

Petitions are a great cost-free way to champion a cause you are passionate about and a way to evoke political and governmental action. Some potential petitions you may be interested in supporting are:


There are lots of resources out there that come in a variety of forms that can enhance your learning and understanding of racism.

Understanding Racial Bias - Short video by Skills Booster.

A Guide to Allyship – Information and guidance on how to be an ‘ally’. Created by Amélie Lamont.

Runnymede – Runnymede is the UK’s leading independent race equality think tank, producing intelligence on race inequality in Britain through research, policy engagement, leading debates and networking.

Colourlines A daily intersectional news platform focusing on racial justice, published by Race Forward.

Equality and Human Rights Commission – Tackling racial harassment: universities challenged report and findings.

Gal-dem – An online and print publication committed to sharing perspectives from women and non-binary people of colour.

You may be interested in buying and reading the following non-fiction and fiction books:

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi-Adichie

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Such A Fun Age by Kiley Reid

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

You may also be interested in these documentaries:

When They See Us available on Netflix.

13th available on Netflix.

Here at Durham University

Liberate my Library We are working to create a diverse library collection, representing all people. You can send recommendations and suggestions via the link above.

Race Equality Charter - Read about our commitment to the Race Equality Charter.

Additional literature on tackling racism in the workplace and in the HE sector can be found here.

Report and Support Tool – We are committed to tackling ignorance, intolerance and hatred. All staff and students who have experienced an incident can make an anonymous report or a report with contact details using our report and support tool.

Support Services

It is important to take care of your mental health, particularly during this time. Below are some support resources.

Black Zen – Black Zen is a movement to provide mental health, wellness, support and meditation resources to BAME communities.

Mind Support tips for relaxation, physical activity and sleep.

Click here to contact the EDI Team


Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI, 01913346761

Mark Callaghan, EDI Lead, 01913346763

Athena Enderstein, EDI Lead, 01913346762

Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Officer (Race and Religion), 01913346760

Julie Wilson, Project Manager, 01913346766;

Julia Guy, Project Coordinator, 01913346765;