In response to the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent Black Lives Matter protests, the Crick will continue working to address issues of racial and ethnic inequality.
We want to achieve change for the better, and this statement expresses the commitment of the Crick’s Executive Committee to doing this:
What the Crick is doing to tackle racial inequalities
We are working with our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion committee and PRISM, the Crick’s race equity staff network, on these initiatives:
- Using the principles of the Race Equality Charter to help us assess our current situation and to develop and implement an action plan to address the lack of ethnic and racial diversity across the organisation, especially at senior levels. We are not able to sign up as a member of the Charter, because it is only open to Higher Education Institutions.
- Planning a workshop for BAME undergraduate students to encourage applications for PhD positions.
- Running focus groups to help us better understand why black staff report lower engagement levels in the staff survey.
- Setting up a working group to further investigate the finding in the Athena SWAN questionnaire that relatively few BAME members of staff felt that the Crick has an inclusive culture.
- Reviewing recruitment statistics with a focus on race and ethnicity to better understand our current situation.
- Further encouraging staff to provide their diversity data so that recruitment statistics are more informative; only 58% of staff have so far done so.
- We have participated in StellarHE (leadership development for diverse leaders in higher education).
- We have offered work experience for BAME students.
- Our education programme aimed at encouraging young people to consider science careers reaches a diverse group of young people, with approximately 90% of Camden pupils coming from a non-white background.
- We are a founding member of EDIS, a coalition organisation working to advance equality, diversity and inclusion in the science and health sectors.
- Our PRISM network has created spaces for staff to have informal conversations about race equity, which are used to help inform strategy and policies.