October is Black History Month and the Union is proud to be working with partners such as the National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland to celebrate. Read on for more details and also what's happening in Your Union and beyond.
NUS has launched the #beingBlackmeans campaign showcasing the experiences of Black students across Scotland and what being Black means to you.
#beingBlackmeans is designed to showcase the diversity and the intersectionality of our identities.
#beingBlackmeans allows students' associations and student groups on campus to download an editable digital frame for you to upload a photo and a short quote that says something about what being Black means to you and your fellow students.
You can then Tweet your images on #beingBlackmeans or use our editable poster to print them out and showcase them on campus. This year we're calling on Black students to celebrate experiences and diversity - so please share this with other Black students on your campus.
Once you've created your pictures, let NUS Scotland know! Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org as they're starting a gallery to celebrate the diversity of the movement!
Earlier this week, the Union's Equalities Zone elected a new BAME Officer, Summy Ud-Din, who will be working to ensure that all BAME students are represented in the Union and its work.
Project Myopia is an academic online platform which aims to diversify the curriculum. It was started up by Rianna Walcott and Toby Sharpe at the University of Edinburgh. The idea is that students write reviews of academic works specifically made by those from marginalised groups. This is to include marginalised groups such as Black, LGBT+, disabled, women, and non-binary people (who traditionally are excluded from educational platforms) within the academic curriculum.
All of the reviews of academic works are displayed on the website alongside commissioned artwork. This platform is used to give students the opportunity to display their writing, design, and editing work.
The ultimate aim of the project is to diversify the curriculum and to offer educators an easy platform where they can find diverse academic writing that they can study.
A bit more info on the project can be found here, on their Facebook page here and website here.