Hi, I'm Tomisin and I'm your Member for Racial Equality for the academic year 2018-19!
Hey! I’m Tomisin, a third year Philosophy student and this year’s SRC’s member for Racial Equality.
As a member of the Student’s Representative Council, my goal is to work on and develop projects which aim to promote racial and cultural diversity in the university. This includes promoting a growth in the use of BAME scholars within the academic literature of the different schools in the university, as well as developing ways to increase the amount of BAME students enrolled at the university. In addition, part of my role is working with members of cultural societies in order to promote the amount of events and projects which aim to bring to light the works of BAME students.
Promoting racial equality within the different sectors of the university is an issue which for far too long, has not been treated as a priority across UK university, and as Valerie Amos writes, ‘The problem lies in the fact that, despite university leaders’ rhetoric, there is a complacency within the sector which has led to a slow pace of change.' St Andrews is a university which prides itself on its ever-expanding international community, yet more needs to be done to challenge the lack of racial equality and diversity both academically and socially. In order for there to be progress, it is important that we ask ourselves some key questions, facing up to the realities that BAME students face within the university, no matter how difficult that process may be. We must ask ourselves why we find it so problematic to speak about questions concerning race within the university, despite its clear impact in shaping the experiences of both students and staff alike.
For the past five years, St. Andrews has been named one of the top UK learning institutions, and this is a result of the commitment of those who study and work at the university, yet unless we can reach a position where St. Andrews can be said to offer real equality of opportunity, in all areas, especially Race, then it seems to me that naming St Andrews as a place of inclusivity seems to me as mere rhetoric.
I want to encourage anyone with concerns, project ideas, or anything relating to promoting racial equality to not hesitate to reach out, approach me or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org