Statement from the Head of School
One thing that I have heard very clearly is how important it is for all white staff and students in the School of Life Sciences to recognise the role that we play, and that we have a lot of work to do. We will make mistakes along the way, because many of us are ‘unlearning’ too, but we are committed to doing the work. As white members of our community we have a duty to take time to listen, realise our ignorance and educate ourselves. We cannot and must not solely rely on Black members of our community to do that for us. They came to Life Sciences to study or work, not to give up their time to keep fighting the system. In creating change in the department we must not perpetuate the systemic racisms we need to tackle. We are an academic, learning community, and we must listen, learn, and create a proactively anti-racist environment.
Professor Lorenzo Frigerio