We are working on supporting our black students further, and we want to listen and lead change within the union and King's community. Here are some of our past initiatives and current work to support our black students, and where you can find support if you need it:
Black Students Consultation
KCLSU is hosting focus groups and 1-1 interviews with black British students at King’s to gain better insight into the needs of this community and how they wish to be represented and supported. If you are interested in participating and receiving a £10 Amazon voucher for your time, please get in touch by emailing [email protected].
Black History Month
October is Black History Month in the UK and at KCLSU; it is a time to celebrate our members who are of African and Caribbean heritage. During the month, we support student-run and staff-led events that explore the culture, history, challenges and journey of Black people in the UK and globally. We also shine a spotlight on their achievements and contributions to our King’s and KCLSU community.
People of Colour Network
KCLSU has multiple Networks to represent marginalised communities within our student body, including the People of Colour Network. People of Colour refers to all students who self-define as African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean, with the term being created to unite those experiencing systemic racism. The Network brings together our cultural societies and campaigning groups to act as a platform to discuss the numerous issues they face, alongside holding events and campaigning on issues that affect these communities.
In addition to the People of Colour Network, the Student Voice team also support more specific community groups such as the Black PhD Network, a group that seeks to bring together and support black PhD students. If you are interested in more information or wish to join the group, please contact repre[email protected]
As well as supporting our black students through work led by staff, we want to make sure that our non-black students are also aware and equipped to support our black members in standing up to anti-blackness and racism within and outside of the university.
Over the summer, KCLSU Student Voice team will be hosting online training workshops, which will help prepare our community leaders for the year ahead. Among others; these will feature sessions entitled ‘Introduction to inclusion’; ‘Introduction to Allyship’ as well as more specific allyship sessions such as Antiracist Allyship: Challenging Anti-blackness. If you would like to know more about these sessions and how to attend, please email [email protected]