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equality, diversity & inclusion

Your Union takes its role as a champion for equality very seriously. Everything that we do as a Union is bound by our Equal, Diversity and Inclusion policy and we are accredited as a Zero Tolerance Union actively challenging sexual harassment within our society. 

Our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy comes with a framework and action plan which various members of the Union team are responsible for delivering. These actions are coordinated by a sub-group that is accountable to the Trustee Board of the organisation. You can read our Equality, Diversity & Inclusion strategy here.

Below you'll find some information on the ways we work to champion E,D & I at Stirling. If you have any suggestions or feedback, we'd love to know. Please email us at theunion@stir.ac.uk or drop one of our Union Officers a message. 

 

black lives matter

Equality, diversity, and inclusion are at the core of the work we do as a Students' Union year round and we work each October to recognise Black History Month. This is our chance to put a spotlight on all of the incredible Black people throughout history who have left their mark on the world, and to celebrate the unique and enriching Black culture they have cultivated. It goes beyond this as well, by taking this month to self-educate and raise more awareness around Black history and culture, we can then be better allies throughout the rest of the year and actively work on making our world a more just and equal place for all.

Check out this powerful video from Bleed Green TV of some of our Sports Union students talking about what Black Lives Matter means to them. 

 

What can I do to learn/read up now?

We have collated a list of resources and places you can find information on why there is a Black History Month, and why it's so important to educate yourself. 

Black History Month Scotland have a list of available resources specifically about Scottish Black History here.

Articles

https://www.eco-business.com/opinion/climate-justice-is-racial-justice/
Polluting and extractive facilities have been placed in black, brown, and indigenous communities around the world—and they are suffering the consequences.

https://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/default/files/jrf/migrated/files/climate-change-social-justice-full.pdf
This report assesses current research into the social justice aspects of the impacts of climate change in the UK, and of policy and practice to mitigate and adapt to those impacts.

Social Media
If you're already on Instagram every day, why not add some education to your feed with these accounts.

What can I watch or listen to?

BleedGreenTV Host Harriet spoke to Terry, Bawa and DK about The Black Lives Matter Movement and what the movement means to them. If you have suggestions we can add, we'd love to know, email us - theunion@stir.ac.uk 

 

Where else has information?

Where can I get support?

#BlackLivesMatter

Whilst time has moved on from the #BlackLivesMatter movement of 2020, the issues at the heart of it remain in society and we continue to focus on how this impacts our BAME student community.

Petitions to sign:
Sign the Justice for George Floyd petition here.

Sign the petition for #WeCantBreathe here.

Sign the Justice for Belly Mujinga petition here.

Sign the Justice for Breonna Taylor petition here.


How you can help in the UK: 
You can send a letter or email to your local MP. Find your local MP’s information at www.writetothem.com. If you are unsure of what to say, here is an example template you can use - make sure you vary some of the letter and give it a personal touch.

Donate to the George Floyd Memorial fund here.
Donate to the official Black Lives Matter campaign here.

Donate to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust.

Donate to The Bail Project here.

Donate to the Belly Mujinga memorial fund here.

Donate to the Ahmaud Arbery memorial fund here.

Donate to The Movement For Black Lives here.

Find out about more ways to help here.

BAME student experience survey

Trigger Warning: Mentions of Racism, Racial discrimination, LGBTQ+ discrimination, Gender-based discrimination.

As Sabbatical Officers we recognise that racism and racial discrimination is a very real problem facing students at the University of Stirling on campus and in the local community. In an effort to better understand the issues affecting students from the BAME community, we ran a survey in the Autumn 2020 semester for the BAME community. This survey in collaboration and consultation with members of the BAME community sought to carefully and sensitively explore, in depth, the different facets of this issue. We're exceptionally grateful for this input and help from those involved. Findings from this will feed into our contstant review and EDI Framework. 

equalities zone

We have regular Equalities Zone meetings. These meetings are open to all  BAME (Black, Asian, and Minority Ethinic), LGBT+, women, and disabled students to attend. These meetings are a forum for the Union to gather feedback and help solve any issues that may be arising. The Equalities Zone is where the four equalities officers are elected (who represent the four equality groups – BAME, LGBT+, women, and disabled students).

You can see who our current equalities officers are here!

equalities societies

Gender Equality Movement 

We are Stirling University’s Gender Equality Movement. Our aim is to promote equality for all of the genders and provide a safe space for learning about this topic (all while smashing the patriarchy).

We welcome everyone to come along to our weekly meetings at 6.30 on Mondays as well as to our social events. Feel free to come along to meet like-minded people and to find out more. Even if you’re not a registered member you’re more than welcome to come along.

LGBT+ society 

Our group stands for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, plus society, but we also more than welcome questioning or LGBT+ friendly students. We regularly hold socials, attend campaigns and run educational events.

Stirling University LGBT+ aim to provide the following for self-defining LGBT+ students and their straight allies:

• Provide support and a safe space

• Promote and represent the views and interests of LGBT+ students

• Hold social and educational events

• Campaign on LGBT+ rights and issues to raise awareness and work with the wider community

• Be fun and inclusive!

These student led societies are free of charge and anyone is welcome to come along.  You can find out more about them here

Feel there’s an equalities society that you would like to start up? You can contact theunion@stir.ac.uk for more information how to!

inspirational women awards
We think that Inspirational Women at the University of Stirling should be celebrated.

 

We often see women represented in the media from around the world who have inspired us, but what about the women right here at the University of Stirling?

 

We were blown away by the nominations this year and it's so wonderful to see women being celebrated and lifted in this pretty difficult year!

 

The full list of winners and honourable mentions is below in text format and a short video. If you won, we'll be emailing you out your certificate and we'll endeavour to provide a nice real one when we're allowed back to the office!

 

Equality Champion

 

Winner: Carron Shankland

 

Honourable mention: Tamara Dick-Reeder

 

 

Postgraduate Woman

 

Winner: Ashley Brown

 

Honourable mention: Fanni Tamasi

 

 

Woman in the Community

 

Winner: Emily Weir

 

Honourable mention: Merryn Green

 

International Woman

 

Winner: Alba Ruiz Diaz

 

Honourable mentions: Katharina Pruente and Sasha Hird-Saunders

 

Woman of Colour

 

Winner: Samali Weerasekera

 

Honourable mentions: Zothile Nkosi and Roshni Advani

 

Women in STEM

 

Winner: Rachel Norman

 

Honourable mention: Emily Munro and Martina Quaggiotto

 

Woman in Sport

 

Winner: Angharad Hopwood

 

Honourable mentions: Natasha Love and Ellie Younger

 

Woman in Leadership

 

Winner: Julia Grootaers

 

Honourable mentions: Elena Semple and Caitlin Turner

 

Woman Student

 

Winner: Camy Rosen

 

Honourable mentions: Emma Hackney and Esme Foxworthy-Bowers

 

Woman Staff Member

 

Winner: Toni Haastrup

 

Honourable mentions: Lynn Maher and Jenoah Joseph

 

Huge congratulations to all the winners!

 

For any further information, please email president.union@stir.ac.uk

 

preventing and tackling gender based and sexual violence

The Union is proud to work with the University of Stirling to prevent and tackle sexual violence through our joint strategy. We want to ensure that Stirling is a place with a culture of respect, where sexual violence is not tolerated and where it does occur those affected feel they can come forward with the knowledge that they will be believed and taken seriously.

More information on this strategy can be found here.