A different kind of Covid spike: UCD students note significant increase in anti-Asian racism since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic

Posted in Life on March 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, there has been a marked increase in incidents of anti-Asian racism, in Ireland and around the world. Speaking to The University Observer, Asian students across UCD have relayed their experiences of and reaction to racism they have encountered since the outbreak of Covid-19 …” (more)

[Andrea Andres, University Observer, 23 March]

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Students Are Talking About Racism on Campus. Universities Must Listen

Posted in Governance and administration on July 20th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“This week’s reports of racism on Irish campuses brought the extent and severity of racism in Irish universities – and how it mars the college experience of many students – into the limelight. From outright discrimination and prejudice to microaggressions, the stories told in the article were harrowing …” (more)

[University Times, 19 July]

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How POC Students Feel Marginalised on Irish Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Since the 1990s, Ireland has witnessed a large wave of social change, including in schools, universities and workplaces. The majority of current Black Irish university students are the children of first generation immigrants that made this place their home – a country that prides itself on immigration …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran and Melanie Fidel, University Times, 18 July]

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Discrimination and Apathy: Students Describe Culture of Racism on Campuses

Posted in Life on July 19th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“On placement, Trinity student nurse Florence Nwaje has had to learn to ignore patients telling her that her skin looks like ‘dirt’. College, she told The University Times, does not provide students with the necessary training for dealing with racism while on placement …” (more)

[Tolani Adeleye, Demilade Adeniran, Melanie Fidel and Cormac Watson, University Times, 18 July]

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If Trinity is to be Anti-Racist, it Must be Anti-Aramark – Not Run Adverts For It

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“For many, the past number of weeks have offered a crash course in centuries of racial oppression. The death of George Floyd, and the protests that have sprung up all over the globe, provoked a mass outcry on social media in support of those fighting racism and police brutality …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 10 June]

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Black Lives Matter: UCD Academics, Students and Administration Support Movement

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands marched to the US Embassy in Dublin on Monday, 1st of June, to protest the death of George Floyd and to support the Black Lives Matter movement against police brutality in the US. The protests in the US have sparked a world-wide movement calling for an end to racism. The protest that day was not only in solidarity with protestors in the US but also against the racial discrimination and abuse faced by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) in Ireland …” (more)

[Mahnoor Choudhry, College Tribune, 10 June]

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Trinity Condemns ‘Culture of Racism’ in US, Promises Changes on Campus

Posted in Governance and administration on June 6th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity this afternoon condemned a ‘culture of racism’ in the US in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd last week, as well as admitting that ‘more needs to be done’ in Trinity on the issue of racism …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 5 June]

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Medical students in Cork say racism is damaging their career prospects

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Group of medical students in Cork have claimed that systematic racism is damaging their career prospects in the Irish health service. The Medical Research and Tech Society at University College Cork (UCC) will host an event this month aimed at discussing and tackling the issue of racism in the Irish health system …” (more)

[Darragh Bermingham, EchoLive, 4 March]

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University of Limerick Student Life launches investigation into alleged incident of ‘racial abuse’

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on September 14th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick Student Life has launched an investigation into alleged ‘racial abuse’ of a student this week. In a statement on social media, it alleged that a group of young men racially abused a student who was walking home alone …” (more)

[Mike Finnerty, Limerick Leader, 13 September]

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Protest in the Quad in support of a UCC colleague

Posted in Governance and administration on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“We’re standing here in the main quad in UCC in solidarity with our colleague and friend Aman De Sondy. Aman has received a horrible, racist threatening message, death threat, we’re here in this really lovely peaceful place, and yet things like this happen …” (video)

[YouTube, 22 August]

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Lecturer warns of anti-Muslim ‘network’ after anonymous threats

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A lecturer at University College Cork (UCC) has made a complaint to the Garda after receiving an Islamophobic death threat on Wednesday. Dr Amanullah De Sondy, a senior lecturer in contemporary Islam at the university since 2015, said he received a voicemail from an unknown individual, who called the academic a ‘scumbag’, and a ‘terrorist’ …” (more)

[Colin Gleeson, Irish Times, 21 August]

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‘I hope you are executed’ – Muslim university lecturer wants action taken after receiving chilling voice message

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on August 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Officials at an Irish university have expressed disgust at a sinister telephone message left for a respected Muslim lecturer. University College Cork (UCC) lecturer Amanullah De Sondy confirmed he received a chilling voice message which called for his execution …” (more)

[Ralph Riegel, Independent, 21 August]

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Are racist incidents on the rise in Trinity?

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“From neo-Nazi marches in the US, to attacks on mosques in New Zealand, it seems that crimes centred on hate for certain races, cultures, or religions are on the rise around the world. In Trinity, this year has been somewhat of an outlier in the number of racist incidents recorded publicly …” (more)

[Temi Adeniran, Trinity News, 15 April]

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University Express Racism in UCC Survey: Upon Closer Inspection

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“On October 3rd, The University Express compiled a survey entitled ‘Racism in UCC’, designed with the intent of highlighting instances of on-campus racism which would otherwise go unseen. The survey was sent out via e-mail to every student currently attending UCC …” (more)

[Fergal Smiddy, University Express, 30 October]

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University Express Racism Survey: 1 in 9 Students Suffer Racist Abuse at UCC

Posted in Life on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“At the beginning of October, the University Express launched a survey aimed towards students of University College Cork in order to determine whether students view racism as an issue in UCC, whether students have experienced or witnessed racism in or around the UCC campus, and how it affects students of all ethnicities and backgrounds …” (more)

[Ciaran Dineen, University Express, 30 October]

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Universities do not challenge racism, says UK’s first black studies professor

Posted in Governance and administration on October 24th, 2016 by steve

UK“Institutional racism in Britain’s universities is harming the performance of minority ethnic students, the UK’s first professor of black studies has said. Kehinde Andrews, an associate professor at Birmingham City University (BCU), told a conference last week marking Black History Month that universities are ‘no less institutionally racist than the police’, and criticised the curriculum for being overly ‘white’ …” (more)

[Alice Ross, Guardian, 23 October]

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Why won’t universities tackle racism head on?

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Universities and students are complacent about the racial prejudice on campus. As long as it is ignored, it will continue to flourish …” (more)

[Conrad Landin, Guardian, 22 March]

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Racial discrimination in science: A black and white answer

Posted in Research on August 21st, 2011 by steve

“In American science, race affects the chance of getting a grant. You might expect that science, particularly American science, would be colour-blind. Though fewer people from some of the country’s ethnic minorities are scientists than the proportions of those minorities in the population suggest should be the case, once someone has got bench space in a laboratory, he might reasonably expect to be treated on merit and nothing else …” (more)

[Economist, 20 August]

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Racism and the Irish university

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 10th, 2011 by steve

“An article on migration and citizenship in today’s Irish Times raises once more the issue of racism in Irish universities. One of the cases described in the article is that of Riaz, who moved to Ireland with his wife and four children 15 years ago. The couple’s initial application was rejected, after a two-year wait, because they didn’t fulfil the five-year residency criteria. They reapplied in 2008 but their application is still being processed. In the mean time their children have grown up in Ireland and studied in the Irish education system. However, because of their exclusion from citizenship, Raiz’ children are not eligible for the free fees scheme …” (more)

[University in Crisis, 10 May]

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Schools and colleges ‘ill-equipped’ to deal with rise in racism incidents

Posted in Legal issues on April 5th, 2010 by steve

“Schools and colleges are ill-equipped and unprepared to deal with increasingly frequent incidents of racism, teachers have claimed. Racist abuse appears common in second level schools, further education and third level colleges staffed by members of the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), based on the findings of a survey released yesterday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 5 April]

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