Activism

BARC Bank: Funding available for student-led anti-racist and decolonising projects

As a next step in our journey, BARC would like to fund student-led decolonising activities and anti-racist practice in higher education. Some examples might include: scholarly or creative/artistic events, establishing networks, hosting teach-ins, seminars and webinars. We are also happy to fund practical support for ongoing projects, e.g. costs of materials and supplies (digital or analogue), venue rental, production, publishing and printing.

Download the application form here.

Applications must be submitted by 15:30 on Saturday 26th October by email or in person at the Organising for Liberation event at QMUL. Please come to see us at 17:30 at the close of the day to find out if your proposal has been awarded funding. If you are not able to attend or stay till the end of the event, we will contact you with the contact info you provide.

Proposals will be considered according to the following principles:

  • Does the activity centre the voices and interests of students of colour? 
  • Does the activity help to expand, strengthen, or build upon existing efforts, networks, connections and communities? 
  • Is the activity feasible within the proposed budget?

N.B. Maximum allocation is £300. We have a limited pot of funding to distribute, so cost-effectiveness will allow us to fund more proposals! 

Send your applications to us at barcworkshop at gmail dot com or drop us a line at @CollectiveBARC on Twitter.

Activism, Critique, Workshops

The Origins of BARC

Business and management schools have a problem.

While we research diversity and teach it on the curriculum, the classroom
overwhelmingly focuses on whiteness, Eurocentric knowledge and North American corporate practice. Students of colour/Global South students are expected to engage with content that does not reflect their realities, theorisation that actively excludes them, and Screen Shot 2018-08-03 at 15.34.13learning environments in which the voices of white students and the English medium are often dominant.

University management and teaching staff is also predominantly white as well as male, and most fail to interrogate their own positionality and privilege. Racialised perceptions lead staff to deem these same students less able, less networked, and lacking in aspiration and social capital. All of this feeds into an attainment gap that is not being meaningfully addressed.

In addition, staff of colour/Global South staff face issues with career progression, recognition, publishing, and doing a disproportionate amount of labour that is caring, feminised and emotional, and which is therefore undervalued. We are over-represented in professional services roles, lower academic pay grades, and on precarious contracts, and while our labour is the backbone of the university, our voices and power are restricted and suppressed accordingly. This is particularly true for women.  Despite the numbers of home students of colour growing year on year, this is not reflected in the makeup of staff, with home academics of colour having only grown from 4.8% in 2004 to 6.2% in 2015. As whiteness is the norm, and whiteness remains the unmarked and invisible standard of achievement, it is critical to talk about race.

Building the Anti-Racist Classroom aims to bring together scholars of colour and anti-racist allies around these issues. We believe that meaningful change only occurs through radical thinking and collective organising and that the time is ripe for these conditions to change.

Our aims are as follows:

    • To provide a safe space for management educators of colour and white allies to engage with contemporary anti-racist theory in order to develop critique, knowledge tools and resources supporting the enhancement of pedagogy.
    • To facilitate mutual learning between established and new faculty who face different challenges in relation to anti-racist work
    • To enable participants to identify the key issues specific to their local and institutional contexts, share strategies for addressing them, and design activities to begin implementing and advocating for anti-racist practices in their universities.

In recognition of the fact our own discipline is lacking in critical racial analysis and anti-racist work, we have developed an interdisciplinary programme that features leading UK scholars in sociology and education, the disciplines in which cutting edge work in this area is being done. The schedule has been planned to be interactive, centring participants’ experiences of racism in the classroom, and from this, we will collectively develop practical tools, intervention pathways, and an anti-racist agenda for management and organisation studies in UK HE.

Our pilot event took place on Thursday 18- Friday 19 October 2018 at Queen Mary University of London. Please read a summary of the event here.