Brighton CCA stands with the University of Brighton, cultural and educational organisations across the world, in condemning racism and inequality in all its forms. We recognise that as an institution, and as individuals, we have a responsibility to act. Therefore, we commit to addressing these issues in our decision making and governance, we commit to diversifying our programmes, the opportunities we offer, and the people we work with; to proactively challenge racism and inequality and continue to champion a better, more equal society. We believe that Brighton CCA is fundamentally a place for everyone: a place for voices to be heard and listened to.
We fully endorse the statement below from Debra Humphries Vice Chancellor of the University of Brighton of which we are a part.
The death of George Floyd in the USA, part of a long line of incidents across the world, including here in the UK, that serve to highlight the corrosive impacts of racism and racial inequality on society in dividing, marginalising and isolating communities and individuals.
We recognise that racism and discrimination have long-lasting direct and indirect effects, and have a traumatising impact on our students and staff of colour, and in this particular instance black communities. As an institution committed to inclusion through our organisational values we stand wholeheartedly by our staff and students in deploring racism within our university, within the UK and internationally.
Whilst our university is a welcoming, respectful and tolerant community we want to create an environment which consistently challenges and addresses racism within and beyond our institution. Our work in developing our Race Equality Charter action plan has started and shows us there are many more actions we must take.
We recognise that we must do more to raise the voices of black students and staff, and address racial inequalities wherever they exist in the university.
Your Silence Will Not Protect You, Audre Lorde