There is growing awareness in UCC that there are issues experienced by people of a minority ethnic background as a result of their ethnicity that must be addressed. As a starting point, the UCC Equality Committee and the EDI Unit convened a Race Equality Working Group in early 2019 in order to explore what these issues are and how they may be addressed. This working group became the Race Equality Forum, which provided a platform for BAME staff and students to air their experiences, identify issues and make suggestions as to how the university can improve. This report is in the process of being drafted at present.
In tandem with this, the EDI Unit ran a workshop for academic staff, which focussed on Race Consciousness in Postgraduate Supervision, and a series of workshops for both staff and students on Race Consciousness in Higher Education. These have been unfortunately interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic.
More workshops and training are in the pipeline - more details to follow.
(Last updated June 2020)
If you have been a victim of racism, whether overt, subtle or systemic, there are resources within UCC which may be of assistance.
UCC EDI Unit: www.ucc.ie/en/edi/ The EDI Unit is happy to advise students and staff on equality-related issues.
Students and staff seeking to make a formal complaint about an equality-related issue have a range of supports, which include (as relevant):
UCC Student Advisor and Ombudsman: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentombudsman/
UCC Campus Watch: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentexperience/campuswatch/
UCC Human Resources Business Manager (relevant to your University Area): https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/people/
UCC Staff Ombudsman: https://www.ucc.ie/en/staffombudsman/
Other Supports for Staff
Employee Assistance Programme: https://www.ucc.ie/en/hr/eap/
Irish Federation of University Teachers (IFUT, UCC): Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Services Industrial Professional and Technical Union (SIPTU, UCC): Email email@example.com
UCC Researcher Staff Association: https://www.ucc.ie/en/rsa/
Other Supports for Students
First Year Experience Co-Ordinator: https://www.ucc.ie/en/study/undergrad/orientation/first-year/
First Year Student Peer Support: https://www.ucc.ie/en/pass/
Student Counselling and Development: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studentcounselling/
Student Health Centre: https://www.ucc.ie/en/studenthealth/
Student Union Welfare Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCC Niteline Listening service Mon-Thurs 9pm-1am: 1800 32 32 42 or Chat https://www.ucc.ie/en/pass/niteline/
- enables people who experience or witness racism and/or those supporting them to do something about it and break the silence.
- provides a national, confidential and user-friendly way to report racism from any online device.
- is used for monitoring racism in Ireland.
- provides evidence and data on racism in Ireland.
- is a resource to counter an increase in racism and hardening of racist attitudes.
- responds to the need to focus the discussion on finding solutions to racism.
This is an important data-gathering inititiative, and we encourage everyone to make use of it.
Responding to racism guide: How to report racism and where to find help: On 4th April, ENAR Ireland launched their publication ‘Responding to racism guide: How to report racism and where to find help’.
Racism in Higher Education
As institutions of higher education, aiming to create the next generation of thinkers and doers, we have a responsibility to tackle discrimination at every turn. So what can Institutes of Higher Education do to tackle racism?
|Colleges must take a new approach to systemic racism||Inside Higher Ed||9th June 2020|
|Universities can and should do much more to address systemic racism||Timies Higher Education||12th June 2020|
|How Higher Ed can fight racism: 'Speak up when it's hard'||The Chonical of Higher Education||1st June 2020|
|College to implement race and ethnicity general education requirement in fall 2021||The Emory Wheel||19th May 2020|
|Harvard students are teaching Harvard ho to be anit-racist||Curbed||11th June 2020|
|What anti-racist teachers do differently||The Atlantic||17th June 2020|
Racism in Ireland
Ireland is fighting its own battle with racism, both overt and systemic. Here are some article and discussions on Irish racism.
|Racism against Travellers 'embedded' in Irish Society||RTÉ||10th June 2020|
|Ireland's anti-Traveller hate speech is the respectable group prejudice||Irish Times||9th June 2020|
|Still 'significant discimination' towards Travellers||Examiner||20th June 2019||Fourth Opinion on Ireland - CoE|
|Do Traveller lives matter?||Extra.ie||6th June 2020|
|Travellers urge end to racism as George Floyd buried||Irish Times||9th June 2020|
INAR have published a number of articles on racism in Ireland: https://inar.ie/beyond-hate-crime-perspectives-on-racism-in-ireland/
|Racist Ireland indictment exposes ignorance wrapped in a threadbare shroud||Kilkenny Now||9th June 2020||Origin and Integration (ESRI)|
|Why Black Studies Matter in ireland and responding to the Murder of George Floyd||Hot Press||8th June 2020|
|Group wants anti-racism laws in Ireland||FM104||10th June 2020|
|'You dirty black *****' - I don't want to say the word out loud||Irish Times||4th June 2020|
|I was a dark secret||Extra||8th June 2020|
|'It's not political. It's about racism. I was so angry.'||Breaking News||9th June 2020|
|People of colour in Ireland need allies 'not bystanders'||Irish Times||18th June 2020|
Violence against Racial and Ethnic Minorities
The recent events in the United States have focussed the world's attention on racism and violence against BAME communities and individuals. We unequivocally condemn the use of violence and stand in full solidarity with our black and minority ethnic community.
There are many conversations happening around racism. Here are some that may be of interest.
Op-Ed: We need to #sayhername: Happy Birthday Breonna Taylor (Entertainment)
Why aren't we all talking about Breonna Taylor? (The New York Times)
Talking about Race
Recognising that white people often find it difficult to talk about race, here are a selection of resources and links that may assist:
Op-Ed: Here's a step you can take to help end racism - learn to talk about it (Los Angeles Times)
Op-Ed: White teachers need to check their racism before teaching it (Speak Up - Rossier online)
- Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners: books for children and young adults
- 31 Children's books to support conversations on race, racism and resistance
- Parenting Forward podcast episode ‘Five Pandemic Parenting Lessons with Cindy Wang Brandt’
- Fare of the Free Child podcast
- Integrated Schools podcast episode “Raising White Kids with Jennifer Harvey”
- PBS’s Teaching Your Child About Black History Month
- Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk About Race: Resource Roundup from Pretty Good
Articles to read:
- “America’s Racial Contract Is Killing Us” by Adam Serwer | Atlantic (May 8, 2020)
- Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement (Mentoring a New Generation of Activists
- ”My Life as an Undocumented Immigrant” by Jose Antonio Vargas | NYT Mag (June 22, 2011)
- Black Feminism & the Movement for Black Lives: Barbara Smith, Reina Gossett, Charlene Carruthers (50:48)
- "How Studying Privilege Systems Can Strengthen Compassion" | Peggy McIntosh at TEDxTimberlaneSchools (18:26
- How To Be An Antiracist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo, PhD
Films and TV series:
- 13th (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
- American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
- Dear White People (Justin Simien) — Netflix
- King In The Wilderness — HBO
- See You Yesterday (Stefon Bristol) — Netflix
- Selma (Ava DuVernay) — Available to rent
- The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution — Available to rent
- The Hate U Give (George Tillman Jr.) — Hulu with Cinemax
- When They See Us (Ava DuVernay) — Netflix
More anti-racism resources:
- 75 Things White People Can Do for Racial Justice
- Anti-Racism Project
- Jenna Arnold’s resources (books and people to follow)
- Rachel Ricketts’ anti-racism resources
- Resources for White People to Learn and Talk About Race and Racism
- Save the Tears: White Woman’s Guide by Tatiana Mac
- Showing Up For Racial Justice’s educational toolkits
- The [White] Shift on Instagram
- “Why is this happening?” — an introduction to police brutality from 100 Year Hoodie
- Zinn Education Project’s teaching materials
A microagression is defined as being a statement, action, or incident regarded as an instance of indirect, subtle, or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group such as a racial or ethnic minority. The term was coined by professor Chester M. Pierce in 1970 to describe insults and dismissals which non-black Americans were witnessed inflicting on African Americans but is now applied to the casual degradation of any socially marginalised group.
Some publications on microagressions including examples and suggestions of how to respond are: