I joined the Global Majority Collective (GMC), a student-led group, just over a year ago and I knew it was a safe space for me as a black student to express myself freely surrounded by my colleagues.
Consequently, the topics of discussion attracted the attention of the teaching team and top management who have been supportive. A highlight for me was when Jill Childs, the Programme Lead for Social Work and Wellbeing at Oxford Brookes University attended one of our GMC meetings to get feedback from fellow students on issues they were/are facing.
Since then, I have seen an implementation of some issues we reported to Jill take effect. For instance, having The Mandela Model and Ubuntu being taught in class will equip students with a good representation of how the world is and this will open conversations/discussions on how to decolonise old curriculums and dwell on the news that is relevant, inclusive, and equitable for all, thus resulting in an anti-racist university experience/environment.
Additionally, working together with Jill and the academic team has opened a dialogue to create an anti-racist university experience. This has been successful through having the GMC platform that meets every other week to discuss matters at hand and feeding back to Jill. Also, there is plans underway on how GMC members will reverse mentor the teaching team at Brookes which will enable education on racism and provide a space that embraces diverse/global thinking.