York St John joins Race Equality Charter
On 1 August 2020, York St John University officially committed to the five guiding principles of the Race Equality Charter.
The Race Equality Charter provides a recognised framework for institutions to identify and self-reflect on institutional and systemic barriers standing in the way of minority ethnic staff and students, so that they can take action.
Membership of the Charter will generate space for students and staff to embed race equality, to challenge and improve discriminatory policies and practices, and to contribute transformative solutions. A self-assessment team will lead on the application for a bronze award.
In 2019, the University’s Executive Board accepted six recommendations from the race equality taskforce. As well as joining the Race Equality Charter, we have set a target that by 2026 at least 10% of new and promoted senior level appointments (grade 9 and above) are Black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals. We are also working towards the following:
- forming stronger relationships in areas with high BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) populations and promote York St John as a destination for study
- decolonising the curriculum
- introducing anonymous marking where possible
- improving the University’s response to reports of race-related incidents
We will now join the Race Equality Charter network and work towards an award by the end of the academic year 2022/3.
This work will help York St John University offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for a culturally rich and diverse community and increase the representation of BAME staff and students.