The University of York makes Equality and Diversity Training and Unconscious Bias Awareness in Recruitment and Selection training a requirement for members of recruitment panels, and offers them to all other staff. The institution recognises the importance of intersectionality, and there is a drive to foster a campus-wide culture of inclusion, to actively role model and advance race equality and equality of opportunity.
The Open Door Team, who provide support to students who are experiencing psychological or mental health difficulties, recently appointed an Open Door Practitioner to specifically support BME individuals. Furthermore, the University’s Race Equality Coordination Group has been established to institute an Anti-Racism approach, for which pro-actively enabling representation in the postgraduate community is central. The Group has three priority areas in the coming year: Normalising conversations about race and racism; Improving BME staff representation; and Decolonising/diversifying the curriculum.
The University of York is committed to a definition of Islamophobia, and ensuring that it is tackled in all its forms, while learning from the experiences of its Muslim students and implementing practical changes in response.