Response to the Black Lives Matter movement

Friday 19 June, 2020

We are proud of the diverse community of South Wales Baptist College. This includes different languages, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, and backgrounds. We do not take this for granted and recognise the benefit we all gain from these differences undergirded by our shared faith.

However, the tragic murder of George Floyd and the events that have followed have highlighted for us all the inequalities that remain within diverse Western societies, and the way that the symbolism of Christianity can be subverted to support rather than dismantle such anti-Christian relationships. The staff of SWBC have reflected on what a practical response might look like from the College.

In light of this, we will do the following:

    1. As part of our current revision to the undergraduate degree programme, in conjunction with Cardiff University, we commit to propose a module on The Challenge of Justice, with a significant portion on Racial Justice.
    2. To review admission processes for unseen advantages for different groups.
    3. To review the broader curriculum for the influences of colonialism, in particular: the portrayal of issues of power; the representativeness of reading lists; the approach to research methodologies; and the diversity of teaching staff.
    4. For College teaching staff to read and reflect upon J. Arday and H.S. Mirza, eds., Dismantling Race in Higher Education (Palgrave, 2018).

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