Slade School of Fine Art



Slade statement on institutional racism

We are committed to addressing systemic racism within the Slade through a series of actions to instigate fundamental and long-term changes to our staffing and curricula. Central to these changes is how we support our Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students and staff.

Our commitments are:

  • We have formed a Systemic Racism Crisis Group to drive forward the agenda of racial equality for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff and students. This group will report directly to the Slade Director and consult with the Slade Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee (EDI), established in 2017.
  • To make transparent the EDI policy for staff recruitment and ensure that searches for a diversity of staff are successful.
  • To restructure the School and its curriculum so that we diversify our staff appointments.
  • To continue to diversify the range of visiting artists and speakers invited to the School and speakers at the Contemporary Art Lectures.
  • To support student-led initiatives including seminars, conferences, and publications that address issues of racial inequality.
  • To make it mandatory that all staff engage in training on racism and are aware of and are following UCL policies on racism.
  • To involve all staff in implementing Slade EDI Policy for student recruitment and Widening Participation outreach.
  • To ensure all staff commit to diversifying the curriculum, including a wider presence of artists, writers and theorists addressing racism and colonialism.
  • To ensure that the Slade offers safe spaces so that Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students are supported, heard and feel cared for.
  • The Slade will consult with students about what we can provide in terms of safe spaces and accountability procedures to address experiences of inequality or discrimination.
  • To hold a full school ‘townhall’ meeting in Autumn 2020 to provide a broad platform for discussing systemic racism, positive action and change.
  • To publish an annual report on the Slade’s widening participation, access, outreach and EDI initiatives.
  • To address the Slade’s historic ties to colonialism through a conference during our 150th anniversary year that explicitly engages with our history.
  • The Slade as a department will lead on these efforts and this process of change. No undue burden will be placed on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff or students in doing this work.

Posted Wednesday, 22nd July 2020 00:00