Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network

Proud to be the University’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Staff Network

We are the University’s BAME Staff Network, and are open to all University staff who identify as Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic.

Tell us a little bit about yourself?

Our purpose of the network is shaped by our members and serves as a forum where BAME staff can share information and voice any issues they may have related to the workplace. We hold regular meetings, organise events, and hold informal social gatherings for our members and the wider University community. More recently, we have been working in collaboration with our colleagues at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) on events.  

Below, we have shared responses from our members to build this profile with our personal and collective reflections on our identities.  

What are you Proud to be?

We each take pride in our heritage and cultural identities; from being born and raised in Liverpool, to the many different countries which make up our membership.  

“I’m Proud to Be Zambian, Black African" 
“I’m Proud to Be mixed heritage” 
“I’m Proud to Be an advocate” 

What does the BAME Staff Network mean to you?

“To me the BME Staff Network is an open professional space where staff share knowledge on equality, race and diversity. It is a place where we can discuss our experiences in the workplace.” 

“The Network is a space where I can re-learn who I am. After spending a long time trying to fit in with white peers, I am inspired by other members to reclaim my own identity.” 

“It's an inclusive, empowering space filled with colleagues who are experts by experience of being a BAME person in the University. It's professional, friendly and supportive.” 

Who inspires you, and how?

“The person who inspires me is my late mum. Education was her number priority for all her children. Her career as a nurse meant so much to me growing up, and I wanted to be one too. She encouraged me to choose my own career and do what I wanted in life. She was strong, and always put on a brave face in every difficult situation. She taught me to be kind to others and treat everyone with respect.” 

If you could give one piece of advice, what would it be?

“Be proud of who you are. I am proud of who I am; I come from a mixed cultural heritage. I am a positive and confident individual and I focus on happy events and dwell less on sad ones, I do this for my personal health. I have learnt to adapt in different environments. I am always keen to learn different languages and have in interest discovering other cultures. My confidence helps me prioritise my workload and it also help engage in dialogue and conservations with people I meet in the workplace.” 

Is there anything else you would like to share?

“My hopes for the future are to build a good environment to live in and work in collaboration with others, while adhering to openness and transparency. I hope for sharing ideas to meet the common goals on culture, race, religion, gender and orientation, to rid the world of negative energy and beliefs. I hope we can create positivity everywhere and have a peaceful and safe environment for the next generations to come by sharing ideas of our common goals of Ubuntu - Oneness for humanity sake

If you would like to take part in the Proud to Be campaign, you can complete the Proud to Be template and email your answers to Karishma Asher, khasher@liverpool.ac.uk.