Supporting Black staff at UCL
By Benjamin Meunier, on 26 June 2020
In case you missed it in our daily comms, please find below some additional guidance and support so that we can all help further race equality at UCL.
Supporting Black staff at work
The UCL Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team have produced guidance to line managers on supporting their Black staff. This is also a resource for colleagues, and we commend it for all Library Services staff to read and take action based on the guidance to create an environment which is more supportive of our Black staff and students.
There are many societal issues currently that may be impacting upon Black staff and their sense of wellbeing. These issues are not new, Black staff deal with them all the time, every day of their lives. However, there are a number of issues that have brought the presence of racism to the fore in recent weeks. The guidance references the work of sociologist Robin DiAngelo in her book “White Fragility”. To find out more, you could view this video of a reading of the book by the author, hosted by Seattle Central Library in 2018.
It is important at this time to check in with Black staff, ask how they are doing and offer them support. Having conversations about racism is everyone’s responsibility. For those who are unfamiliar with doing this, the guide may be of some help. This guide is only part of a range of resources and measures to support our Black staff at this time. It is not presented as a solution in its own right.
Free mental health therapy available for Black people in the UK
Black Minds Matter UK has announced they are providing Black people in the UK with free therapy with Black mental health professionals. Details are available at https://www.blackmindsmatteruk.com/
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