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.
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;
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:
Why I'm not Longer Talking to White People about Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging by Afua Hirsch
Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
The Good Immigrant by Nikesh Shukla
Don’t Touch My Hair by Emma Dabiri
My Name is Why by Lemn Sissay
Mother Country: Real Stories of the Windrush Children by Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff
Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad
How To Be Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Superior: The Return of Race Science – Angela Saini
Why we need to take care over COVID-19 and race – Angela Saini
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
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.
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.
Rachel Archbold, Head of EDI, 01913346761 firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Callaghan, EDI Lead, 01913346763 email@example.com
Athena Enderstein, EDI Lead, 01913346762 firstname.lastname@example.org
Melanie Earnshaw, EDI Officer (Race and Religion), 01913346760 email@example.com
Louise Wright, EDI Co-ordinator, 01913346522; firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Wilson, Project Manager, 01913346766; email@example.com
Julia Guy, Project Coordinator, 01913346765; firstname.lastname@example.org