WHAT WE'VE ACHIEVED SO FAR

 

As a Students’ Union we promise to be transparent in everything we do (#nobullshit). 

This page has been set up to provide an overview of where we’re at with our promises to tackle racism at Essex and beyond.

For each promise we’ve made we’ll add the latest update on progress underneath. 

If you have any questions or comments on any of this please email us at president@essex.ac.uk

PROMISE: Set up SU Tackling Racism Meeting and Anti-Racism Action Group

Latest Update:

Both have been set up and are underway.  Below is a breakdown of who’s on each group, when they meet and the actions they’re taking.

Tackling Racism Group

Members:

  • Hannah Akhalu (Chair) - Southend Black Officer
  • Andrea Curtis - Colchester Black Officer
  • Vinnosh Kumar - VP Welfare
  • Ria Buachie - VP Southend
  • Adrian Tejan-Jalloh - VP Community & Engagement
  • Molly Purcell - President
  • Craig Stephens - CEO
  • Steve Haugh - Director of Marketing & Strategy
  • Fiona Harvey - Deputy Director of Activities and Sports
  • Caron Moor (Secretary) - Governance Co-ordinator

Dates of next meetings:

  • 18th August 2020
  • 1st September 2020
  • 15th September 2020
  • 28th September 2020

Actions:

Actions arising from Tackling Racism Meeting

Terms of reference:

Tackling Racism Terms of Reference

 

Anti-Racism Action Group

Members:

  • Reeves Watson (Chair) - Director of Services, Activities & Support
  • Fiona Harvey - Deputy Director of Activities and Sports
  • Molly Purcell - President
  • Lisa Rowe - Learning and Development Officer
  • Jennifer Day - Engagement Manager
  • Adrian Tejan-Jalloh - VP Community & Engagement
  • Ria Buachie - VP Southend
  • Caron Moor (Secretary) - Governance Co-ordinator

Dates of next meetings:

  • 26th August 2020
  • 9th September 2020
  • 23rd September 2020
  • 7th October 2020
  • 21st October 2020

Actions:

Actions arising from Anti Racism Meeting

Terms of reference:

Anti Racism Terms of Reference

 

PROMISE: We will review the SU’s recruitment process to ensure that opportunities are opened up to black applicants and people of colour

Latest Update

A full review will start in September/October when the HR Manager returns from Furlough, however ahead of this an action plan will be created by mid September and is tracked as an action by the Anti Racism Group

PROMISE: We will implement recommendations made for Sub Zero

Latest Update

This is being tracked as an action by the Anti Racism Group to ensure that all of recommendations from made for Sub Zero are completed. 

In relation to the recommendation regarding Sub Zero door staff, the SU has placed its Security contract out for Tender. Several companies have been identified and have been asked to submit tenders. The process is on track to be completed by mid-September. As part of the tender process the SU President, a member of the Trustee Board and several Sabbatical officers will be involved in the process of selecting which company will provide Security for our venues going forward.

PROMISE: We will act on feedback from our black members and use it to implement voice of our services and activities

Latest Update

At the last Trustees Board meeting held on 25th June it was unanimously agreed that the elected Black Officer be co-opted to the Trustee Board for 12 months.  This will start for the academic year 2020/2021.

PROMISE: We will act on feedback from our black members and use it to implement voice of our services and activities

Latest Update

At the last Trustees Board meeting held on 25th June it was unanimously agreed that the elected Black Officer be co-opted to the Trustee Board for 12 months.  This will start for the academic year 2020/2021.

PROMISE: We will ensure that all staff are trained to understand the experience of black students and staff

Latest Update 

All SU staff have been requested to refresh their training for Unconscious Bias and Equality and Diversity by end July.  The completion rate is being monitored by HR to ensure that this is completed.  Further training is being considered and is an action that is tracked via the Anti Racism Action Group