Show racism the red card day - staff wearing red at Coleg Gwent

Showing racism the red card

22 October 2021

Today is ‘Wear Red Day’ and we’re doing exactly that to demonstrate our support in showing racism the red card. As a college, we’re proud to be a diverse and inclusive community where there’s no place for racism and everybody is treated fairly. This is underpinned every day in our practices, but today is a chance to make a stand as we unite against racism by wearing red to show our support. 

To coincide with Black History Month, we’re also proud to announce that we’re now affiliated with the Black FE Leadership Group (BFELG). This means we can collaborate on a shared vision to eradicate racism in the further education sector and further the interests of black students, colleagues and leaders.  

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We’re fully aligned to the BFELG’s beliefs, including: 

  • Every individual has the right to live a fulfilling life.  
  • For as long as systemic racism exists, everyone’s potential will be held back.  
  • An anti-racist education helps people to define and challenge themselves, widen their experience and shape their world.  
  • An antiracist further education system unlocks the full potential of all individuals, organisations and communities.  

At Coleg Gwent, we’re committed to making a stand and doing our bit to drive positive and impactful change, in line with Welsh Government’s vision of an anti-racist Wales. Our support extends far beyond ‘Wear Red Day’ and Black History Month – it’s ingrained in our core values and reinforced by our diversity charter every day.  

Principal, Guy Lacey explained: 

“’Wear red day’ is an important chance for us all to show that we are not going to accept racism in our college. This comes at a time when our Government in Wales is developing an equality plan to achieve the vision of ‘A Wales that is Anti-racist by 2030’. We all need to play our part to achieve that and our affiliation to the BFELG and working with them is a commitment to anti-racism that I am proud to have made.” 

In support of anti-racism, Guy Lacey has been involved in recording an episode of ‘Anti Racism in Action’ for FE News. This is a series of nine videos which are being released weekly and have been organised by the BFELG. Look out for our Principal Guy Lacey in next week’s episode of FE News Anti Racism in Action! 

Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at Coleg Gwent.