Diversity and Inclusion Student Ambassador Project

The Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassador Project is a student-led collaboration between The Union and the University which aims to improve student experience and academic attainment for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and those who have progressed from BTEC qualifications.

Our project is led by Student Ambassadors who develop and deliver activities for students related to Diversity & Inclusion, as well as linking with university staff and the Union to feed back students’ views to influence positive change on campus.

 

ABOUT THE PROJECT

The Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassador Project is a student-led collaboration between The Union and the University which aims to address differential attainment for Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) students and those who have progressed from BTEC qualifications. Initially, the project is working specifically with the faculties of Business & Law and Science & Engineering with the potential to expand to other faculties.

The project aims to improve student experience and academic outcomes through a series of student-led initiatives and engagement. Student ambassadors and volunteers work with the identified student groups to better understand the challenges they face and to co-create and deliver activities to improve student success.

The objectives for the project are:

  • Safe spaces: create safe spaces to have a dialogue on inclusive learning and teaching environments
  • Belonging: increase students’ sense of belonging and build meaningful relationships between students and between staff and students through the development of internal and external networks
  • Empowerment: empower students to tackle the negative effects of stereotyping and micro-aggressions and safely challenge all forms of discrimination on campus using the ‘active bystander’ approach

"I am privileged and excited to be a part of a project which aims to impact huge change, not only to the attainment gap but also to the student experience at Manchester Met. The issues that arise whilst working on the project are acknowledged to be real which for me is a stand out feature of this project.” Madiha Shafiq, Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassador

“Collaborating with other Universities is crucial in order to understand the true scope of issues that BAME students experience and to share different ideas and perspectives on how we can improve student success. Being an ambassador means that I will play a pivotal role in the movement which empowers and supports BAME students.” Fatima Sufi, Diversity & Inclusion Student Ambassador

 

GET INVOLVED

Recruitment for ambassadors was completed in January 2018 and volunteers are welcome to join the project at any time until the end of the project in March 2019.

All students are welcome to get involved! If you are a student and are interested in getting involved as a volunteer, please contact Beth Bradshaw at b.bradshaw@mmu.ac.uk for more information or apply directly on the VolunteerHub.