在过去的一年里, under impossible circumstances, all members of the College – from Provost to brand-new first-year to alumni from years ago – have made sure that Worcester continues to be a place where everyone can thrive. Despite the challenges of 2020, 澳门皇冠线上平台都实现了, material advances toward making this place a more equitable, more inclusive place for all of us. We all understand that there is a long, difficult way to go. But it’s worth recognizing what we’ve done, even under the most baffling of circumstances, and I hope we can take these achievements as a sign of what’s possible for the future.
Below is a brief summary of what we all have done this past year，以及 a description of what remains for us to do. All of this progress has been thanks to the work of colleagues across all constituencies of the College, working behind the scenes (and, 通常情况下, 独自一人在家里).
2020年6月, Governing Body established the position of 平等 Officer and appointed me to that post. I did a series of interviews of people from every constituency of the College – staff, 学者, 本科生, 毕业生, 和校友. 的 clearest signal I heard was that there was a good amount of excellent work being done 在大学, but we needed to connect those efforts to build critical mass. 最重要的是, without a coherent focus and mission in this area, important concerns and problems were often lost, leading to lack of trust th在大学 took these concerns seriously. We needed to address this incoherence at once. We convened an 行动小组 with representatives from all constituencies, and since June we have seen the following changes.
Over Michaelmas Term, we developed a proposal for new policies and procedures for academic hiring to increase diversity on Governing Body, with a focus on Black 学者 in particular; these policies will go up for approval in Hilary Term. We have improved our implementation of all policies and procedures relating to 骚扰和纪律 在澳门皇冠线上平台的手册里，澳门皇冠线上平台是 修改 them for all Handbooks for 2021/22. And we have placed ‘Equity and Inclusivity’ as a 站项目 在大学的所有议程上.
澳门皇冠线上平台雇了一个 Learning Development Officer to increase our ability to teach and learn from students from all backgrounds. 的 Learning Development Officer also administers the new Equal Access to Learning Fund, which ensures that every student has what they need to succeed. 澳门皇冠线上平台增加了 学生支持预算 more generally, thanks to the singular focus of the Development Office’s 给一天2020 学生支持. Governing Body formally committed to join the 黑色学术期货 scholarship programme for graduate students. We have significantly rewritten the 福利页面 on the College website, articulating our mission more clearly, and we have a new 平等 下拉 为了突出这项工作. 澳门皇冠线上平台已经建立了 定期的会议 between the JCR and 平等 Officer to continuously review the culture, 材料, and activities of undergraduate life in light of our 平等 objectives. And in Freshers’ Week, the JCR led an 反种族主义培训 对所有成员.
此外, Community, Equity, and Decolonisation Fund made its newest call for proposals, funding projects for the winter and spring. (Keep an eye out for an announcement of the recipients，以及 a new call for proposals later this month.) 的 Fund allowed Worcester to work with LMH on 黑人历史与期货; its first event, an evening of readings by Bajan poets in December, was a huge success.
At the start of Michaelmas, the entire Worcester faculty held a professional development session in which we engaged in workshops on how to practice 包容的招生，以及 anti-racist and inclusive teaching. 图书馆 launched its superb exhibit on Decolonising the Library Shelves, which had members from all over College advocating anti-racist books in their fields; the Library purchased all of them. (见 http://www.freddymusic.com/students/college-library/decolonising-library-....) 此外, Library, the JCR, and the MCR pitched in for a College subscription to 缟玛瑙日报, which you should be able to find in the Library and Common Rooms.
的 行动小组 will reconvene for Hilary Term, and we plan to conduct a 新的访谈系列 to understand wh在大学 needs now. 澳门皇冠线上平台知道澳门皇冠线上平台需要 旁观者培训 to empower ourselves to ensure safety and justice in our everyday lives. 澳门皇冠线上平台希望进行一次 福利调查 by the end of the academic year. We plan to conduct a formal review of all induction 材料 and programmes 对于MT21. And we hope, once the pandemic is over, to launch a 系列讲座 在大学. In addition, whatever we learn from you and from our interviews will be added to our list.
As always, if you have concerns or questions related to equity and inclusivity, you can reach me at 平等.email@example.com.