What is racism?
Racism is about ('systematic') relationships between people based on their background and positions of power. A group of people who are faced with a form of oppression, hostility or stereotyping that puts them at a disadvantage. At an individual level, you may, for example, have to endure stereotypical remarks or jokes based on the colour of your skin or your nationality. This can lead to insecurity and/or stress for you or your fellow students.
What to do when I am a witness?
The Student Handbook of each study programme includes a code for behaviour and integrity
(appendix 2 of the Student Handbook). Students and staff must adhere to it. To value and treat everyone equally (respect) is emphasised here.
If you think this is not the case, you can take different steps:
- In principle, the first step is to call someone to account for their behaviour.
- But should you not dare to do so, or should this not lead to a better outcome, you can also contact the confidential counsellor, who can help you and also explain any other steps.
- You can also file a complaint directly with the director/dean or Complaints & Disputes Office.
Are you in doubt about your next step? You can always reach out to the student counsellors. Student counsellors enjoy an independent position and are not connected to your study programme. Conversations are confidential and the student counsellor is sufficiently experienced to help you.
RUAS is currently launching the Included Platform. This is a student platform where topics such as racism, discrimination and inclusiveness can be discussed. Here you can enter into a dialogue with each other, learn from each other and find out more about these subjects.
Want to learn more?
- United Nations information on Racism
- RUAS plan against racism
- Article 14 of Human Rights
- Overview of racism in (UK) Education
- To watch: Uncomfortable conversations with a Black man
- To read: Why I no longer talk to white people about race – Reni Eddo-Lodge