We’re sharing a message to the broader Oxford alumni community, penned by Christine Fairchild, Director of Alumni Relations, addressing recent social events in the US and worldwide.
17 June 2020
Dear Oxford alumni,
We have all been deeply moved by the shocking truth of George Floyd’s recent killing. The protests associated with the events in Minneapolis have echoed across the world and filled our TV screens, whilst the streets of London, Bristol, Manchester, Oxford and beyond have been occupied with the voices of people demanding change.
The University’s leaders have been acknowledging the impact of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter protests and has reaffirmed its commitments to anti-racism, but more importantly they have been engaging with, and listening to, students and staff. I write to you today to share the University’s statement on anti-racism published on Monday, which contains links to various open and detailed letters back to students about their concerns, demonstrating our commitment as an institution to shine a bright light for a more just and tolerant society, and laying out a number of actions, including:
Launching a University fundraising initiative for scholarships for black students.
Using a University-wide consultation on our Racial Equality Charter to review our progress and targets, whilst also undertaking a review of all our Equality and Diversity training.
Setting up an access track to meet the specific needs of BAME students wishing to apply to Oxford.
Supporting targeted initiatives led by individual colleges and departments.
Over the coming months, we will do our best to keep you informed of the progress made on these; we know that there is a great deal of work to do.
This comes with our best wishes and more importantly, our commitment to supporting a culture of acceptance and respect.
Get your tickets for a night in at the movies! Register here.
Following a successful first virtual gathering, we are hosting a movie night for the Oxford10 family! We asked for your votes on a highly curated list of highly rated movies, and the results are in – we will be screening the thrilling action-comedy The Man from U.N.C.L.E!
“But coronavirus! How do you maintain social distancing?” you might ask. Fear not, for we will be using the Netflix Party app. It’s a free extension that you can download and which will allow you to watch any Netflix movie (such as The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) with others from the safety of your home!
(Newsflash: We’re not being sponsored by Netflix or Netflix Party.)
So grab your popcorn, blankets, friends and family, sign up here (so we can send you the link) and come and enjoy an exciting night of fun.
Last week, we held our first Oxford10 Virtual Get-together on Zoom to see how the community was coping with lockdown and COVID-19. We talked about life in the new normal, from fresh ways of socialising online to how we’re getting our food fixes with a torrent of food delivery orders.
We did a survey to see how much COVID19 has affected our lives and unsurprisingly, no one felt like everything had continued unchanged. However, there was plenty of positivity – just under 70% of us had picked up a new hobby, and nearly half will emerge with improved culinary skills!
To play our part, we’re hoping to engage the Oxford10 community with more online events until we can meet up in person once more. We’re starting with a movie night, but if you’ve got any ideas for group activities we’d definitely love to hear them.
Keep an eye out for our next event announcement – hoping to see as many of you there as possible!
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