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Student Commission on Racial Justice

Find out more on what the student commission on racial justice is below

What is it?

The Student Commission on Racial Justice is part of a partnership we have formed with Leaders Unlocked, a social enterprise that work across education, policing, health and justice to help organisations involve the people who matter and shape decision-making for the better.

Take a look at the video below, produced by Leaders Unlocked, which outlines why we are giving young people a voice to talk about race inequalities!

Who is involved with the Student Commission on Racial Justice?

The Student Commission on Racial Justice project has been rolled out at a total of eight other colleges, we are just one of two taking part in South Yorkshire.

In College, we have our very own Student Commission on Racial Justice team comprised of three students; you can read more about them towards the end of this page.

What does the College’s Student Commission on Racial Justice team do?

Our student team have been given a platform through the project which allows them to have a collective voice on racial justice, share their views and experiences and to make recommendations for government, education and other sectors to take account of. The project uses innovative co-creation methods, peer-to-peer engagement and role models, as it moves beyond traditional top-down educational approaches.

Can I get involved with the Student Commission on Racial Justice?

The applications for the Student Comission on Racial Justice are currently closed! As soon as applications open again we will update this page. In the meantime, if you’d like more information, contact Jess Lovatt.

How do I find out more?

For more information on the Student Commission on Racial Justice please contact our Student Voice Advisor, Jess Lovatt on j.lovatt@barnsley.ac.uk 

Meet our Student Commission on Racial Justice team…

Aqueelah Abid

“I wanted to be a part of the project because for me, it was an opportunity to do something I’d never done before and also to learn about the racial experiences of people similar to me – I wanted to learn to be more aware of how I treat other people!

“I would definitely recommend this kind of project to anyone who hasn’t done something like this before and wants to learn about racial justice and the experiences had by their peers.”

Aqueelah Abid

Jennifer Legband Martins

“The project team is 100% understandable. I can push myself from my comfort zone and I feel stronger because I am heard.

“Now I am respectfully learning about not only my culture but others.”
Jennifer Legband Martins

Fatoumata Bayo Diba

“The project is an opportunity for me to share my passion for racial justice with other people and make a change within society.

“The people are really nice too, I love how I have been able to meet all these amazing people who have the same purpose as me -to make an impact. Join this amazing commission and represent those who need you the most. Racial Justice should be a priority for all of us. If you want to see a change, you must be that change!”

Faith Mapongah

Faith Mapongah

“Being part of the Student Commission for Racial Justice is such an amazing experience! I’m thankful I was given this opportunity to be able to work in a team with many others students in different colleges.

“I got to meet such lovely friends during our meeting down in London who were so nice and welcoming. I also got the chance to listen to other experiences people have had and their interesting opinions on what we can do to improve these situations. I would definitely recommend!”

Faith Mapongah

Maltiti Musah-Razak

“I’ve really enjoyed being a part of the Student Commission for Racial Justice! It feels so refreshing to talk to and share my experiences with, so many people that have had similar experiences to me as well as sharing knowledge with one another.

“I honestly didn’t really know what to expect when I first joined but I soon came to find out that everyone in the commission is so nice and I have quickly become comfortable around them all.”

Maltiti Musah-Razak

Roli Nanna

“The Student Commission on Racial Justice has been a great experience so far. I love being able to talk about important topics surrounding race & ethnicity and sharing experiences with others in a comfortable environment.

“I’ve picked up some new skills, and helped to make and carry out plans on fighting racial injustice. I love that I’ve been able to meet so many new people from different backgrounds. I’ve made new friends and everyone involved has been so welcoming.”

Roli Nanna

Last updated: 31st May 2023

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