SLaM Recovery College’s New BAME* Project
[* Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic]
Although this project was initially inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, it is not aligned to or affiliated with any political aims of this or any other organisation. The purpose is to use education to expose and address ongoing systemic failings throughout society, to raise awareness, and to discover and explore what might most help us all move forward together.
The general aim of this set of courses is to re-programme thinking around racism. We do this by providing a reflective space where it is possible to explore the lived experience of racism along with its many social and psychological impacts on BAME people, non-BAME people and on society as a whole.
This space is provided to raise questions and discover solutions that have a positive impact on the lived experience of BAME people within our culture. Our intention is to help facilitate understanding and growth in those parts of our culture where discrimination, injustice and persecution of people perceived to be different still persist.
The first course, starting next Tuesday 18th May, is Being an Ally (see below). The other planned courses in this project are:
- Traumas of Racism
- Uncomfortable Truths
Being an Ally
This four-unit course uses Yvonne Coghill’s 7 A’s of Allyship as a model to explore the internal and external work of allyship.
Allyship is about building relationships of trust, consistency, and accountability with marginalised individuals and/or groups of people. Although you might not be a member of an underinvested or oppressed group, you can support them and make the effort to understand their struggle and use your voice alongside theirs.
The sessions are structured as an hour-long webinar followed by a 10-minute break, then a discussion session in small groups of 5 people. Each group will be facilitated by someone who has been involved in developing the course for the last six months.
These sessions will be in the Microsoft Teams Meeting format, which means we will be able to see and hear each other, have group discussions, and share experiences and helpful tips. Once you have registered your interest in the course, we will ask you to complete an online participation agreement. These sessions won’t be recorded, so you’ll need to take part live. There are 30 places available on this course. If more than that apply, we will choose by lottery.
Unit 1: what is an ally, and why are they needed? | 12noon-2:30pm | Tuesday 18th May
Unit 2: making whiteness visible (bringing privilege and fragility into view) | 12noon-2:30pm | Friday 21st May
Unit 3: seeing the person (rehumanising interracial communication) | 12noon-2:30pm | Tuesday 25th May
Unit 4: starting work (allyship into action) | 12noon-2:30pm | Friday 28th May
How to Register
For this course and for others the college is running in May:
FIRST TIME REGISTRATION, if you haven’t signed up to a webinar with us before:
RETURNING STUDENTS REGISTRATION, if you have already signed up to a webinar with us before:
With very best wishes,
The team at South London and Maudsley Recovery College
Although these courses are free, SLaM Recovery College operates with charity funding. If you feel these webinars help you, and you are able to, please consider making a donation to the brilliant Maudsley Charity which supports innovative wellbeing projects in our communities. There is, of course, no obligation to make a donation.
This is the link to make a donation if you’d like to: