Welfare resources for Black, Asian and minority ethnic students

BME Resources at Cambridge University:

Best place to start:

Reporting Racial or any other Harassment

  • If you have experienced or witnessed racial, xenophobic, sexual or any other kind of harassment in Cambridge whether from fellow students, staff, supervisors, etc., you can report it and get support: Report and Support is the University’s reporting tool for discrimination and hate crime. You can use university reporting procedures for both racial and sexual harassment (as well as any kind of hate crime)
  • You can also go straight to the university’s page for information about reporting: https://www.race-equality.admin.cam.ac.uk/help-and-advice
  • If you feel comfortable doing so, you can speak confidentially with the welfare officer about harassment or bullying in the College or university. She is the university liaison for harassment & bullying & can discuss your options and support you. She can also discuss with you how to make an informal or formal complaint if you wish to do so, but the choice is yours. 
  • Anonymous Reporting Tool
    • This informal reporting form enables any student, staff or visitor to the University to anonymously report any inappropriate behaviour of any kind from staff, students or members of the community, including any form of harassment, bullying, discrimination and sexual misconduct. Due to its anonymity, the university can’t take action into your case and can’t impose any disciplinary sanctions. For more information: https://www.studentcomplaints.admin.cam.ac.uk/anonymous-reporting

Accessing Mental Health Support at Peterhouse or the University for BME students

University Counselling Service, https://www.counselling.cam.ac.uk/. The University Counselling Service (UCS) provides students with free counselling, workshops, group sessions and guided self-help.

  • There is now also a BME counsellors scheme that allows BME students to specifically request to see a BME counsellor – more information specifically relating to this is available in the BME mental health toolkit (see above).
  • You do not have a clinically diagnosed mental illness to access a counsellor but can discuss a range of issues including (but not limited to) loneliness, culture shock, difficult friendships/relationships, bullying or harassment, bereavement, uncertainty about gender or sexuality, or anything else you want to talk about.
  • There is also a specialist Sexual Assault and Harassment Advisor based within the service who provides emotional and practical support for incidents of sexual violence or misconduct, either recently or in the past. In order to make an appointment to see her, you will need to fill out the 'Pre-SAHA Form' which is available on the counselling service website.
  • All services are confidential and non-judgmental, and you can request to stop your sessions or switch counsellors at any time. To access counselling. simply fill in the pre-counselling form on the UCS website or ask for help doing so from the College welfare team.
  • Disability Resource Centre, https://www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/
    • The Disability Resource Centre (DRC) is also a great source of emotional and practical support. It is important to remember that mental illness can be a disability, but regardless of whether you choose to self-identify as disabled, you do not have to have disclosed a disability in advance or even have a diagnosis to access their services. They provide everything from reasonable adjustments, student support documents, guidance on assessments, study skills mentors and much more. Because of community stigma, some people of colour may not wish to self-identify as disabled, especially for "invisible" disabilities like mental illness. You can feel like you're making it up or exaggerating. For more information: www.disability.admin.cam.ac.uk/student-support/funding-your-support

Other health support for BME students:

  • BME GPs in the area: For a list of BME GPs in various medical practices across Cambridge, please see the student BME fresher toolkit: 
  • University Crane's Fund - It provides financial assistance to members of the University who need treatment for physical or mental illness. An application can be made through your tutor if you require specialised private medical/psychiatric care that is not covered by the NHS or available through the university or college.

Emergencies:

  • First Response Service (FRS) - The First Response Service (FRS) is a Cambridgeshire-wide NHS service for those experiencing a mental health crisis. If you’re having a mental health crisis, you might be feeling unsafe, distressed or worried about your mental health. To access the service call 111, option 2 for advice and support. When you call you’ll talk to someone who can support you and assess your needs. If necessary, they can signpost or refer you to a range of other services.

BME Cultural Societies at Cambridge University

See here as well for a complete list: http://dev.bme.cusu.cam.ac.uk/societies/

 

Other resources for BME students (external links)

Please be aware that sharing external links below does not necessarily constitute endorsement of any external content, nor are we responsible for that content:

Mental Health Organisations supporting Black, Asian or Muslim students:

Blogs, Articles and Podcasts for Mental Health & Self-Care for Black Students

Additional charities tackling racism in the UK:

  • Stop Hate UK - a national charity
  • The Black Training & Enterprise Group (BTEG) - a national charity aiming to end racial inequality through education and employment
  • Runnymede Trust - a national think-tank leading the debate on racial inequality
  • Stephen Lawrence Trust - a national charity which aims to get rid of institutional barriers in front of young people
  • 100 Black Men of London - a London-based charity aiming to lift young black people up through education and mentoring
  • Access UK - a national charity providing career services for marginalised people
  • The Amos Bursary - a national charity working to reduce the gap in prospects between young black people and young white people
  • Generating Genius - a London based Charity aiming to open doors to STEM careers for BME students
  • Southall Black Sisters - a West London based charity. They also run an “Advice, Advocacy and Resource” centre in West London for women experiencing violence, abuse, and other forms of inequality
  • The Reach Out Project - a London based charity opening up new opportunities for young BME people
  • UK Black Pride - Europe's largest celebration for African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American and Caribbean-heritage LGBTQIA+ people 
  • Operation Black Vote - a national charity which aims to increase the number of BME people who vote in the UK