2017 Shortlisted Nominee:
Diversity Champion Award for Education –
Both Seun and Radhika are part-time BME Students’ Officers (jobshare) at the University of Bristol Students’ Union for the academic year 2016/17. The majority of their work has been focused on three big campaigns, all having had real impacts on the educational experience at Bristol University. They organised a BLM vigil, attended by over 500 people in the Bristol community including the Mayor and many local MPs. Moreover, they organised Bristol Students’ Union’s largest ever Black History Month, engaging more staff, students, and local Bristolians than before. The month culminated with Akala delivering a ‘sold out’ lecture on the history of black people in Britain in the Anson Rooms. They also re-energised the ‘Why is My Curriculum White?’ (WIMCW) campaign, where they actively worked to decolonise the curriculum. Due to the work of this campaign, the University of Bristol’s Law School is working with them to develop a new module on Race and Law.