Over the course of the last few days, many of us have been reflecting on the death of George Floyd and the outpouring of feeling across the world in response to this tragic event.
We’ve also been listening to the feedback we have received from students and alumni and taken time to consider how we can use this to make positive changes in our organisation that reflect our commitment to tackling any form of prejudice or injustice.
Discrimination of any kind has no place in our institution and we want to apologise to any of our students, past or present, who have experienced racial prejudice or any other form of discrimination while studying at BIMM. This is not representative of our institution and we will not tolerate this now or in the future.
To begin addressing these issues, we will be taking the following steps over the coming weeks:
- We will establish a working group to develop our ‘Diversity and Inclusion’ plan that will make sure this is always part of our evolution as an organisation. This group will be led by a diverse group of people made up of students, alumni, staff and lecturers.
- We will initiate specialist training across all levels of our organisation to help encourage and ensure that in the future we have more diverse teams and leaders throughout BIMM.
- We will establish new approaches within our recruitment processes and create new partnerships to improve our ability to attract candidates from a more diverse range of communities at all levels and across all functions in our organisation.
- We will involve our student body in establishing student-led feedback groups, forums and networks that will design schemes and help us find solutions to improve the experience of our Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic students.
We are committed to doing everything we can to make sure all students feel welcomed into the BIMM community and able to reach their full potential. We will update students by the end of this month on the progress we have made and the next steps we are taking.
We want to hear from anyone that would like to contribute to this conversation, please contact us and we’ll follow up with you directly.