The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Campaign exists to provide a safe space within Edinburgh University Students' Association where self-identifying BME students (including students of African, Asian, Arab and Afro-Caribbean descent, those from minority ethnic groups including Jewish and Romani students, and those who identify as having mixed or multiple ethnicities) can come together, discuss the issues affecting them, and campaign to improve their student experience.
The BME Campaign is led by the Students' Association's Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer. This year's BME Officer is Meyra Çoban, who was elected by self-defining BME students in the Students' Association's March elections.
To sign up to the BME Campaign's mailing list and receive regular updates on activities, events and campaigns click here.
All self-identifying BME students are welcome to get involved in the BME Campaign. To find out more you can join the Facebook group, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or come along to one of the Campaign's events.
Campaigns and Events
You can read Meyra's full manifesto which she was elected on here but the issues she is planning to focus on this year are:
- Providing community spaces for BME students, including closed community spaces for Black students and BME students with intersecting identities.
- Lobbying the University to commit to closing the BME Attainment Gap.
- Supporting BME students who are considering graduate studies.
Each year during October, the BME Campaign leads the Students' Association's Black History Month celebrations, organising panel discussions, film screenings, and social events. If you'd like to be involved in this year's events, please email email@example.com.
If you're a new BME student, check out this Welcome Guide created by students from the BME Campaign! It's a celebration of community, a reminder to stand strong in the face of the overwhelming whiteness of Edinburgh, and packed full of hot tips on PoC-owned businesses in the city - the guide we wish we had in our first year here.
In 2018/19, the University conducted a Thematic Review of Support for Black and Minority Ethnic students. You can find the report from this Review here.