Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Network
The Black and Minority Ethnic Network represents the views of students’ at UCL who self-define as BME, including but not limited to, students with African, Asian, Arab, Caribbean and Indigenous heritages. This involves meetings to discuss issues that affect the network, running of campaigns and projects, and attending socials.
How is it run?
The Network is chaired by the Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer, a part-time student officer position whereby the officers will fulfil the role alongside their studies. This year, the officers are Akosua Osei-Owusu & Paul Ho. The Officers attend council meetings and voice the concerns of BME students to UCL and the Union. The BME Network also has an elected committee. The role of this committee is to ensure the network is representative of its members. Finally, the work of the BME Students' Network is overseen by the Equity Officer, one of the 6 full-time Sabbatical Officers.
The Network holds regular meetings (known as forum meetings) throughout the year, allowing for full transparency and accountability and provide opportunities for motions to be taken to the Union Policy Zones. These meetings will be open for all BME students.
The network is governed by a constitution which offers further detail on how the BME Network is run.
How can I get involved?
The BME Network is a dynamic Network and it is what you make of it. If you have any ideas for events, socials, campaigns, or anything else, come along to one of our meetings or get in touch. Our goal is to empower and enable students and therefore any time ideas are welcome.
Current work includes:
- BME Attainment Gap Project
- Eugenics Inquiry
- Fighting for tailored quality welfare and pastoral care
We have a committee which aims to represent the student body - you could be to Social Secretary, LGBT Rep, Women's Rep, etc.. You're interested in being a committee member, let us know here!
Join the BME Network
BME Student Buddy Scheme
This non-subject specific buddy scheme has been established to provide mutual understanding and support for incoming BME students and current BME students during this tough time. We aim to support each other, provide mutual aid, and share information and knowledge with each other.
If you sign up, you'll be paired with an incoming BME student, a returning students or a student that wants to pursue postgraduate study. You'll need to commit to engage once a month.
The buddy scheme is open to all BME students of African, Asian, Arab Caribbean and Indigenous descent.
Racial Trauma after Tragedy
We've created a page which signposts to places for therapy and counselling, books, articles, podcasts and other resources to support the wellbeing of people going through racial trauma.
We're constantly updating the page with new resources and links.
You can find out about upcoming events at our What’s On pages.
Contact Akosua and Paul: