Black and Minority Ethnic Students Forum

The Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Forum is one of five autonomous liberation campaigns affiliated under the Aberdeen University Students’ Association. We aim to represent all students that identify under the BME umbrella and counter prejudice and discrimination against minority ethnic students on campus, while promoting and engaging in radical critical thinking about race. We are an intersectional safe space for minority ethnic students and do not tolerate discrimination on the basis of religion, sexuality, gender expression and/or able-bodiedness

Who is considered to be BME?

The BME umbrella encompasses individuals of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Afro-Caribbean, Latin American and Romani descent, as well as Indigenous populations of the Americas, Australia and the South Pacific.

How do we think critically about race?

  • By recognising the underlying infrastructures in our contemporary society that benefit white people and significantly disadvantage minority ethnic groups.
  • By not engaging in respectability politics; we will continue to challenge mainstream dominant understandings about race and oppression, and instead lead the conversation ourselves.
  • By understanding how microaggressions contribute to the wider context of white supremacist ideology and white cultural standards.

 

Suggested introductory reading list:

  • Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Slay In Your Lane: The Black Girl Bible by Yomi Adegoke and Elizabeth Uviebinené
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
  • Decolonising the University edited by Gurminder K. Bhambra, Dalia Gebrial and Kerem Nisancioglu

 

You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or contact us directly via our email: bme-forum@abdn.ac.uk. Additionally, you can talk to most of us at the Race & Racism Group (RRG) co-chaired by our current postgraduate officer, PhD candidate and activist, Nolwazi Nadia Ncube, and last year’s liaison officer and MRes graduate, Isabel del Pilar Arce Zelada. RRG meet fortnightly on Wednesdays at 3PM in room G04 of the Edward Wright Annexe. If you are interested in getting involved with our forum, the RRG or just want to know more, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Here is our current committee for the 2019/20 academic year:

  • Forum Convenor: Radeen Moncrieffe
  • Postgraduate Officer: Nolwazi Nadia Ncube
  • General Member: Faridah Olaifa
  • General Member: Emonie Ayiwe
  • General Member: Hassaan Mansoor
  • General Member: Maria K Akunna