One Day without us is a national day of action on Saturday 17 February 2018 celebrating the invaluable contributions migrants have made, and continue to make, in the UK.
A single unifying action will take place at 2pm on this day where participants across the breadth of UK communities are invited to link arms - or hold up placards - to show their support, then share the moment via social media.
Warwick is, and will continue to be, an outward-facing and international institution - demonstrated through our activities, community and values. Our region is home to a great many global companies and talented people from around the world and we are proud of our recognition as an international university.
Our campus community is made up of a diverse range of international students and staff who not only contribute to our teaching, learning, research and campus experience, but also to the economy, social fabric, and cultural life of the region, and go on to become global ambassadors for the city and region.
We offer a range of wellbeing, diversity, inclusion and guidance services for all staff and students including helping students’ from around the globe feel at home during Arrivals Weekend, and promoting International Students’ Day.
We’re also committed to the Universities of Sanctuary initiative, which creates a culture of welcome and hospitality for people seeking sanctuary. We were privileged to host an event in September 2017 to celebrate universities welcoming asylum seekers and refugees into their community, fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion.
We’ll be celebrating Lunar New Year this February, with a variety of activities taking place on campus, including a themed Market Day on Wednesday 14 February. Warwick’s ASEAN conference also takes place on 17 February. The conference is the first and only student-led conference on Southeast Asia and aims to connect students interested in Southeast Asia with thought leaders within the region to foster a community passionate about the future of ASEAN.
Provost Chris Ennew has written a blog post reflecting on the contributions that migrants have made, and continue to make. Read the blog post.
Are you planning activity in your team or department? Share photos with us @warwickinsite and tell us why you consider your team/department to be international and how you plan to mark One Day Without Us. Don’t forget the hashtags #weareinternational #onedaywithoutus
Support events in the region
There are a number of events taking place in the region on Saturday 17 February 2018. The One Day Without Us website lists them, with more to be added soon.
The Ort Gallery in Birmingham is organising a free event celebrating the contribution of migrants to the UK. Everyone welcome.
The Polish Expats Association is organising a day filled with activities suitable for the whole family, connecting and celebrating migrants and promoting their culture to the wider public. Visit http://www.1daywithoutus.org/ to find out more and don’t forget the hashtags #onedaywithoutus and #weareinternational when you’re posting on social media.