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We have an ambitious five-year Race Equity Plan with the aim of creating long-term organisational change. The plan focuses on combatting all forms of racism within the organisation, including the subtler forms of racism.
The approach being used is grounded in the view that racism is deeply embedded in all parts of society, including schools, universities and workplaces. The Plan came about following a complaint in Feb 2015 by the then Black Students’ Officer. In response, NUS commissioned an independent review and the findings revealed shortcomings in the understanding of race and racism within NUS.
We have taken the outcome of the investigation very seriously and are committed to creating the necessary change so that NUS is an organisation that is inclusive for everyone.
This is a defining time for NUS and everyone in the organisation will have a collective responsibility in creating the necessary change. We therefore have a far-reaching programme of internal activities, staff training and targets across the organisation planned in for the next few years that will require involvement from all staff.
Ultimately, our work will also strengthen race equity work in the student movement and the third sector as a whole and we’d like our approach to educate and inspire others to break the mould of traditional approaches to equality, diversity and inclusion. Our comprehensive programme of work on race is set out in our Race Equity Plan.
More broadly, our work on attracting and retaining outstanding people and building a diverse workforce is set out in NUS 100.