Bristol University BAME Staff Advisory Group
25 October 2017
Bristol Dental School Student Administration Manager Michelle Alexis, and Procurement Manager Rebecca Scott, have formed the University of Bristol Black and Minority Ethnicity (BAME) Staff advisory group.
The group’s aim is to raise awareness of race equality and cultural diversity therefore creating an inclusive environment. A key aim is to increase the number of staff who identify as BAME in the University’s professional services staff, which currently stands at 8%.
On October 17th, the group ran an event, as part of Black History Month, in the Wills Memorial Building where 90 children from local schools were invited to take part in activities designed to empower. As well as a chance to look around the University, the students took part in creative writing & dance workshops with influential local arts leaders, and discussions on reframing the portraits in the Wills Building, imagining who they would see there in the future, for example themselves and Black Leaders.
Michelle and the group have also devised a project plan for work experience across the university, with the aim of encouraging applications from individuals in the BAME community. The group has a Facebook page which, in addition to building a community, is used to post University jobs in order to reach a wider audience via non-traditional advertising.