Huddersfield New College today revealed that it is joining in the UK’s first ever Race Equality Week (1 – 7 February 2021). This will see thousands of organisations coming together to create change to achieve Race Equality in the workplace.
Race Equality Week is a UK-wide initiative to unite organisations and individuals in activity to address issues affecting ethnic minority employees. Over the course of the week, following a series of focus groups, HNC is exploring some of the issues raised by these focus groups around racial inequality in society, and working to further educate students too as they prepare for their next steps into employment.
As part of this focus week, students will be invited to share who they feel is leading the way in achieving race equality as part of a special competition. Both staff and students will be submitting their nominations, and asked to share the individuals they feel are challenging stereotypes and changing society.
Race Equality Week is an opportunity to shine a light on racial inequality, and staff will be looking at a range of areas as part of this week. Many of the issues staff will be further informed about during this week affect the young people in our care outside of College, such as racial profiling and unconscious bias. The week will celebrate diversity too, including sharing words from other cultures that have shaped the English language and highlighting the importance of ensuring correct pronunciation of names for example in creating a respectful and harmonious College culture.
Erika Montgomery Director of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion comments: “We are really proud of our reputation and how our College celebrates diversity and welcomes all. Our staff body leads the way in ensuring our College culture ensures equality but we are always of course always looking at how and where we can improve what we do. Race Equality week is an opportunity to reflect and focus on some key issues that also affect our wider student body outside of College. One of our students who recently won our competition asking students what respect at HNC means summed up our approach, sharing ‘Respect at Huddersfield New College is much more than tolerance, it means acceptance and inclusion and the celebration of everyone’s uniqueness, individuality and differences.’ This is something we are proud to say is at the heart of our College culture."
“Although this week has a core focus on racial inequality in the workplace and making change, we are also using it as a platform to support our students to understand the role they play in tackling discrimination in all forms – our young people will soon enter the workplace themselves, and will be responsible for playing their part in achieving racial equality, and challenging any behaviour. Our competition is designed to help our young people to reflect on how racial equality helps our society to achieve more, and consider those who inspire them. I look forward to seeing entries from staff and students!”
Students can see Moodle News Bites for more details, and entries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org