Addressing the Systemic Racism and Racist Practices within the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge: An Open Letter

The FERSA Committee is an elected student-run group that represents the graduate student community at the Faculty of Education at the University of Cambridge. This open letter, collaboratively written by the members of the FERSA Committee, responds to recent and distressing public testimony made by a number of graduate students at the Faculty of Education regarding the harm they have endured during their pursuit of a higher degree at the Faculty of Education. This letter stands as FERSA’s statement in support of the Black graduate students at the Faculty, as well as the graduate students of colour and Indigenous graduate students at the Faculty; as a public recognition of the Faculty’s failures to address systemic racism and white supremacy within its bounds; and as an initial call to action, with the recognition that the Faculty’s permanent staff are the ones who must ultimately choose a course of action to take.

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Community in the Time of COVID-19: Part-Time Students’ Advice for Staying Connected to University

When I receive emails addressed to “students”, watch politicians telling us we can “beat this together” or see #LocalHeroes trending on Twitter, implicit in this language are the ideas of connection and community. I can’t remember a time when the language of togetherness, collective responsibility and community has been so prevalent in our day-to-day lives. Our physical isolation from the people and places that populate our everyday communities has prompted a re-evaluation of what it means to belong, throwing into sharp relief the processes that construct and cultivate our sense of community.

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