We are committed to enabling all of our community to develop a deeper understanding about racism and how to combat it. We fully acknowledge that we are part of a sector and country where racism has proliferated and is embedded within society.
This page is designed to provide a starting point for members of the Warwick community who want to begin to explore and learn more about racism and think about what they can personally do to address it.
What do we mean by racism?
When most people think of racism, they will usually think of individuals who hold prejudiced views of certain groups of people based on their race/ethnicity or skin colour. Prejudice is about the internal views and attitudes people may hold. Racism, however, is about the negative behaviours and impacts that members of these groups may experience.
Individual racism is not the only way in which groups in society are subject to these impacts. When the rules of a society and its major institutions consistently produce disproportionately disadvantageous and unjust outcomes for certain groups, this is known as structural or systemic racism. This results in a dominant social group enjoying more power and greater privilege than those who are discriminated against.
Explore the resources below to advance your anti-racism learning and practice:
- Akala (July 2020) Akala x Black British History: An Introduction (Part 1 & Part 2).
- Ibram X. Kendi (August 2019) How to be an Anti-Racist'.
- David Olusoga, BBC (2017) Black and British: A Forgotten History. Some episodes contain reference to violence and sexual assault.
- Robin DiAngelo (28 June 2018) White Fragility.
- Race Forward (April 2015) What is Systemic Racism.
- SkillBoosters – Experiences of Racism and Racial Stereotypes.
- SkillBoosters – Is Racial Discrimination still an Issue in the Workplace.
- SkillBoosters – 5 Steps for Tackling Racial Bias.
- Reni Eddo-Lodge (May 2018) About Race: The Big Question. Includes references to Alan Kurdi's death and the experiences of refugees living in ‘the jungle.’ camp in Calais.
- John Biewen, Scene On Radio (February 2017) Seeing White. Includes references to the transatlantic trade in enslaved Africans and animalistic descriptions of enslaved Africans.
- Angela Saini (2019) Superior: The Return of Race Science.
- David Olusoga (2017) Black and British: A Forgotten History.
- Kalwant Bhopal (2018) White Privilege: The Myth of a Post-Racial Society.
- Ibram X.Kendi (2019) How to Be an Anti-Racist.
- Reni Eddo-Lodge (2018) Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race.
- Robin DiAngelo (2018) White Fragility.
- Layla F Saad (2020) Me and White Supremacy.
- Warwick Anti-Racism Society and Warwick SU (2018) Warwick Speak Out Report.
- Stuart Hall (1997) Race, the Floating Signifier.
- University and College Union (2016) The Experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic Staff in Further and Higher Education.
- Social Inclusion Group – Black History Month reading list.
- The Library and Department of History – Black Lives Matter reading list.
Training at Warwick
- Tackling Racial Inequality at Warwick University: Staff Development Programme.
- Warwick Values Programme for Students.
- Dignity and Respect at Warwick.
- Challenging Inappropriate Behaviours.
Networks at Warwick
- Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE.
- Anti-Racist Pedagogy Teaching Forum.
- BAME Staff Network.
- Race Equality Taskforce.
- Give As You Earn.
- Runnymede Trust.
- Operation Black Vote.
- Kick It Out.
- Blueprint for all (formerly Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust).
- Stop Hate UK.
- Harvard Implicit Association Test. Designed to reveal whether we subconsciously harbour beliefs about certain types of people.
- Peggy McIntosh (1989) White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible (Article).
Report + Support
If you have a concern in relation to racist incidents including bullying and/or harassment, you can speak to someone or report this anonymously through Report + Support.