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Student Tosin Attah, 20, from Lagos, Nigeria who went to school in the West Midlands, first heard the term BAME at university, in London, where there were ‘BAME officers’. But she would never use it about herself, likening it to the word ‘coloured’.

“I mean, it is a white term, if we’re being honest,” she says.

“White people made it so they don’t have to say ‘black’, because they feel weird saying black for some reason. I feel like ‘BAME’ is just their safe word to not come off as racist.”

‘Don’t call me BAME’: Why some people are rejecting the term.

Nora Fakim and Cecilia Macaulay
BBC News, 30 June 2020

https://bbc.in/2BdJEAB

Universities must listen more closely to their BAME staff and students

Deborah Husbands
Guardian, 8 January 2019

“We’ve known for years about the gap between how well black and white students do, so let’s do something different about it.”

“In my experience as a lecturer, universities aren’t doing enough to listen to the lived experiences of BAME staff and students. I attended several talks that have discussed the attainment gap: they were primarily aimed at (mainly white) widening participation staff tasked by their universities with “fixing the problem”. On the occasions that BAME staff or students were present at these events, they often functioned as “bystanders”, with few opportunities to participate in discussions. This was compounded by the use of confusing university policy jargon.

I’ve found that many BAME students and staff have grown weary of the usual initiatives aimed at improving race equality in universities, such as mentoring, which can feel tokenistic. We know that nothing will change unless these initiatives are part of a comprehensive strategy for equality, diversity and inclusivity that is owned and driven by senior managers.”

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