Lambeth College - An insight into the Leaders Unlocked Racial Justice project
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Four students from the Lambeth College Student Union worked with the Commission for Racial Equality this academic year on a project where they were given the tools to carry out a piece of online research at the college.

They met with the commissioning group and other colleges and their findings went towards creating a video that now forms part of a national educational resource package that students deliver in all tutorials with guidance from the group. The aim was to involve students in action that will impact their fellow learners and promote racial justice throughout London and national colleges and beyond.

Moriam, our student commissioner and president of the student union, gave us an insight into the Racial Justice project and what her and our four other student commissioners got up to.

We asked Moriam why it was important for her to participate in a project that tackles racial disaparities and she replied:

I like to encourage people, I like to motivate people because I'm about motivation, I like to be the voice for people, because I know there are so many people who have a voice but don't speak up. I encourage them to be whoever they want to be and not hide because we are more than what we think we are!

Young people across the country have told Leaders Unlocked that Black Lives Matter is one of the most important issues for their generation. Young people are keen to speak out and be heard on issues of systemic racism and racial disparities across different areas of society including policing, criminal justice, education, economy and health. The Student Commission on Racial Justice reflects the motivation of both students and colleges to support student-led social action in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Moriam, Byron, Judith and Arjola you all should be very proud of yourselves for representing Lambeth College and lending your voice to your peers. We're so delighted that you've been part of a project that has the potential to help every student nation-wide!

Lambeth College welcomes the opportunity for our students to become active members in the Student Commission on Racial Justice. Empowering the voice of FE students will be vital if colleges are going to respond proactively to the social change that is required if we are to address the racial disparity in society today. We know that our students have much to offer in leading and contributing to that change and value the platform that the Commission provides in ensuring that the student voice on racial justice is heard.

- Fiona Morey, Principal Lambeth College



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