At Canterbury Christ Church we stand against racism, discrimination, harassment and bullying. We believe that everyone has a right to a good quality education, in which diversity is celebrated.
Racism is the oppression and marginalisation of individuals based on the colour of the their skin. It is a form of prejudice, hatred or discrimination against a person because of their skin colour and/or ethnicity and it largely affects individuals from Black, Asian and Minority ethnic backgrounds as well as individuals from mixed-heritage backgrounds. Racism can be overt (e.g. racial slurs) and/or covert in the form of micro-aggressions (e.g. touching an individual's hair because it is different or asking questions like, where are you from?) and systemic racism. The impact of racism on those that are experiencing it is damaging and long-lasting including feelings of upset, depression, loneliness and fear.
Racism is never OK and it is never the fault of the person experiencing it. Therefore, it is crucial that we all work together to tackle racism and promote racial equality.
Together we want to shine a light on racial inequalities, build a supportive learning and working community in which members of Christ Church and Christ Church Students' Union can stand together against racism. Most importantly, we recognise the importance of allyship in tackling racism and dismantling assumptions.
Through IMATTER and Allyship, we want the university community to come together to provide an opportunity for Black voices to be heard and non-black individuals to stand in solidarity.
Allyship plays a critical role in helping us to dismantle inequalities within our society. Allyship involves being empathic, actively listening to the lived experiences of marginalised groups, calling out racism and standing in solidarity.
As an ally of the IMATTER/Allyship you will have the opportunity to support individuals from the black community and use your voice alongside theirs but not instead of. In this way we can all work together to promote racial equality within our society.
To take part in the IMATTER/Allyship campaign at Christ Church please sign the pledge and post a picture using the IMATTER/Allyship hashtags.
At Canterbury Christ Church University we do not tolerate racism, bullying, harassment and violence of any kind. Any staff, students or visitors to the University that experience or witness any form of racism to report using our Report + Support system.
We have several useful resources that you can use to educate yourself on race, racism, and privilege. View the resources now.
Staff member Kristy shares her personal reflections on anti-racism practice and the journey towards allyship. Read the blog now.