Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Students 

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BAME Students Officer: 

We are currently recruiting for a BAME Officer for 2021/22. 

NUASU defines a BAME student as anyone who self-defines as Black, Asian or any other minority ethnic group this can include but is not limited to African, Middle Eastern, Caribbean or Asian descent; and/or descended from the indigenous populations of the Americas and/or the South Pacific. 

As a student officer, I sit on the Students’ Union Steering Committee and work alongside the SU President to ensure the interests, ideas and feedback of BAME Students are heard and acted on. Here are some of the things you can contact me about:  

  • Campaigns, projects or initiatives – if you have an idea, we want to hear it! 

  • Feedback, complaints or concerns relating to your experience of studying at NUA or living in Norwich. 

  • Representation of BAME students at SU, University and National level.  

If you would like to get in touch, please contact me via: su.bame@nua.ac.uk.  

BAME Society:  

The BAME Society is an award-winning student society that run regular events, meet ups and campaigns for our student community. You can find out more about the society and upcoming events here

Interested in this role?  

Our Liberation officers are elected annually in the summer term and start their role from September. You can view the role description here. If you think you would be a great Disabilities officer, nominate yourself when elections open! 

 Support at NUA: 

NUA aims to be an inclusive and supportive campus. However, we know sometimes things can go wrong on and off campus. If you would like to speak to the SU, please contact the BAME Officer su.bame@nua.ac.uk or the President via su.president@nua.ac.uk. You can also pop in to the SU Lounge, located in the basement of St Andrews House during normal office hours for a confidential chat.  

During your studies, Student Support are available to help with a wide range of issues that might affect you. Appointments are available between 10am and 4pm Monday - Friday, during term time and the holidays. Appointments are currently taking place remotely over Microsoft Teams or over the phone. 

For appointments contact Student Support via support@nua.ac.uk, phone 01603 977977 or book through Student Enquiries in St Georges.  

Student Support have also provided a dedicated resource for BAME students with more details on the support available and external organisations. You can access this resource via the NUA intranet.  

External support providers:  

  • Norwich Minority Support Service – part of the Norfolk NHS Wellbeing Service, Paola at the Minority Support Service is keen to hear from you and can shape the support the service provides to your needs. 

  • The Bridge Plus: Norfolk based black/Asian and minority ethnic (BME) organisation providing regular community events, campaigns for race equality and regular magazine promoting black voices. 

  • Norfolk and Waveney Mind: Adult community services including Wellbeing support, group activities and 1-2-1 sessions. 

Activism and Campaigns: 

NUASU is committed to fighting the injustice of racial inequality and campaigning on issues that disproportionally affect BAME students. Here are some campaign areas that we are continuously lobbying on:   

Hate crime and Microaggressions

We work with students confidentially when any concern of racist or discriminatory actions happen on or off campus. NUASU has a zero-torelance policy towards racism, hate crimes and micro-agressions.  

What types of incidents may be hate incidents? 

  • verbal abuse like name-calling and offensive jokes 

  • bullying or intimidation 

  • physical attacks 

  • threats of violence 

  • hoax calls, abusive phone or text messages, hate mail 

  • online abuse for example on facebook or twitter 

  • displaying or circulating discriminatory literature or posters 

  • malicious complaints for example over parking, smells or noise 

  • microaggressions 

Microaggressions may include: 

  • touching someone's hair 

  • crossing over to the other side of the street to avoid someone from a different ethnicity 

  • being treated less favourably or with more suspicion in a shop than a white person 

  • ignoring someone's messages in a group chat 

  • offering more support or help to white students 

  • talking over people with lived experiences of the issue 

All incidents and experiences of hate crime whilst studying at NUA – whether on campus or off campus - should be reported to student services who can support you and/or the individuals affected by hate crime. Incidents are taken seriously and NUASU operate a zero-tolerance policy towards hate crimes, harassment and abuse.  

Racism and Mental Health 

  • Black Minds Matter UK - Their mission is to help make mental health topics relevant and accessible for all black people in the U.K. 

  • Young Minds: resources for mental health and low wellbeing