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Decolonising DMU: Building the Anti-Racist University

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Decolonising DMU: Building the Anti-Racist University

  1. 1. Decolonising DMU: Building the Anti-Racist University 'That Other History' Symposium, UEA Lucy Ansley and Richard Hall @DecolonisingDMU
  2. 2. Decolonising DMU: Some context Beyond the sector BAME Awarding Gap: whole institution • Freedom to Achieve 2017-2019 • Decolonising DMU launch November 2019 • 5 strands: student; staff; institution; Library; research/evaluation. Racial Disparities amplified • COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter • Conversations about White Privilege/Fragility • Real action and change: the anti-racist University
  3. 3. • 4 commitments: • equality of education and research; • progression, talent and representation; • governance and accountability; and • understanding culture and behaviour. • A potential focus on mapping to Access and Plan, Race Equality Charter, and the awarding gap Decolonising DMU: Some context
  4. 4. What Decolonising means to the DMU Community
  5. 5. Data Collection • Staff Stakeholder Survey (Spring 2021) – 214 participants • Student Stakeholder Survey (Spring 2021) – 85 participants • DDMU Team Journals (ongoing) – 19 entries • Staff interviews – 14 participants • Engagement in surveys significantly impacted by Covid. • Ethical review obtained.
  6. 6. Key Findings Decolonisation is: • A challenge to where we are now • The moral, ethical thing to do • Rethinking the university • Transformational thinking • Catering for all • Reducing racial disparity • Increasing racial literacy for all • Addressing the attainment gap
  7. 7. Key Findings Decolonisation is: • Impossible within neo-colonial structures • Impossible within our extant, wider society • Cosmetic • Divisive terminology • Problematic for some Black/of colour students and staff (tokenistic, not trusted) • Problematic for some white students/staff (stuck in the past, white working class)
  8. 8. Key Findings Anti-racism Decolonising Daily approach Long term strategy Personal Institutional Local Global Challenging Unlearning Behaviour change Culture change The goal The process Policy and structure change Curriculum change
  9. 9. A working position DDMU at the intersection of plural, material histories • Defining decolonising: dignity of difference • Diversify the syllabus, canon, curriculum, infrastructure and staff • Decentre knowledge and knowledge production away from the global North • Devalue hierarchies and revalue relationality • Diminish some voices and opinions that have predominated, and magnify those that have been unheard The Working position is available here.
  10. 10. Some resources T: @DecolonisingDMU E: decolonisingdmu@dmu.ac.uk DDMU Resources/Publications DDMU Podcast

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