A significantly lower percentage of people from BAME communities consider or progress into higher education than is the expected from both the local and national populations. Some BAME communities are hard to engage with and this includes both the students and parents (1).
This has led to the University of Suffolk and ISCRE (The Ipswich & Suffolk Council for Racial Equality) setting up a programme of listening and engagement activities. The events will involve a range of communities in Suffolk to inform both students and parents of the higher education opportunities available and assist with accessing them.
In addition, the project will help train community leaders and champions to enable then to support families in their communities. Daisy Robinson, County Coordinator for Take Your Place at the University of Suffolk said “We’re looking for anyone who has a desire to volunteer with young people and their families and has an interest in inclusive education. The champions we recruit through this programme will have the opportunity to support our BAME communities and to mentor families in realising their potential to progress to higher education. We know from similar programmes it is a really rewarding opportunity and your chance to make a real difference.”
The first listening and engagement session will take place virtually on 29 March at 5pm, with subsequent sessions being scheduled following the feedback received. To attend please register on Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/higher-education-under-represented-communities-listening-and-reflection-tickets-147741451659
For further information please contact Siobhan Kranjanasilp by emailing Siobhan@iscre.org.uk
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