Research report by Sofia Akel examining the role of race in shaping the experiences of Black and minority ethnic students at Goldsmiths university and Students’ Union.
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Insider-Outsider, researched by Attainment Gap Advisor and Researcher Sofia Akel who conducted interviews, focus groups and a survey with Black and minority ethnic students at Goldsmiths.
The research was concerned with exploring the role of race in key junctures of the student life-cycle, from the classroom to the social, within both Goldsmiths university and Goldsmiths Students’ Union.
Some of the key findings:
- Over 80% of students reported that their courses were representative of the white experience, achievements and works
- 28% believed that their course content is representative of Black and minority ethnic experiences
- 26% reported experiencing racism from students and staff members
- 37% of students felt excluded from participating in university life due to racial discrimination
- 36% of students felt confident in reporting racism to Goldsmiths Students’ Union
This report was published in October 2019 at the Decolonising Goldsmiths: Mission Impossible? event.
Event: Decolonising Goldsmiths: Mission Impossible?
This event, held on 8 October 2019, explored issues of race and racism in the context of Goldsmiths and more broadly.
The evening also sought to provide a space for staff from across Goldsmiths and Goldsmiths Students’ Union to hear about the work that has been undertaking in this area and to share in a conversation about race and racism.
The event included:
- An introduction from Professor Frances Corner (Goldsmiths' Warden) expressing both the College’s and her own commitment to supporting and delivering work on racial justice here
- An update from Marilyn Clarke (Head of Discovery Services, The Library) on decolonising activities being led by the library and how these support teaching and learning
- The launch of Sofia Akel’s (Research and Attainment Gap Advisor, Goldsmiths) report Insider-Outsider (PDF) which documents the experiences of Black and minority ethnic students at Goldsmiths university and Goldsmiths Students’ Union
- Dr Nicola Rollock (Racial Justice Goldsmiths Lead) was in conversation with Nels Abbey, author of 'Think Like a White Man' discussing racism in the workplace, education and more broadly
Professor Frances Corner (Goldsmiths' Warden)
Marilyn Clarke (Head of Discovery Services, The Library)
Sofia Akel (Researcher and Attainment Gap Advisor)
Dr Nicola Rollock (Racial Justice Goldsmiths Lead)
Nels Abbey (author of 'Think Like a White Man')
Deptford Town Hall Council Chamber