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Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity

Racism at Work

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The Racism at Work project began last year when the Centre on Dynamics of Ethnicity and Business in the Community (BITC) worked together to produce the Equality, Diversity and Racism in the Workplace report (see below) which builds upon BITC’s 2015  Race at Work report. In their report Dr Stephen Ashe and Professor James Nazroo provided a qualitative analysis of more than 2,000 comments related to racial harassment and bullying at work and more than 3,000 comments relating to the promotion of equality and diversity in the workplace.

Building on the report, this collaboration was extended further through an ESRC Impact Accelerator Account grant. This grant has enabled us to communicate the main research findings from Equality, Diversity and Racism in the Workplace report through the production of short films and graphic novels. Working in collaboration with Feedback Films and Paul Gent, the graphic novels and films have been produced for distribution in the workplace. Using the words of the people who participated in the Race at Work survey, these outputs aim to highlight the nature, extent and human impact of racism at work, as well as effective strategies for addressing these issues.

CoDE is now also working in partnership with the Trade Union Congress (TUC) analysing their recent online survey looking at racism at work. 5,911 people took part in the survey which was conducted between 12 December 2016 and 28 February 2017. Dr Ashe, Professor Nazroo and Dr Magda Borkowska will provide both quantitative and qualitative analyses of the survey which will be written up as a report over the next few months.

Project outputs

Equality, diversity and racism in the workplace: A qualitative analysis of the 2015 Race at Work Survey

Watch the videos

The short films below highlights some of the main findings from the 2015 Race at Work Survey, and subsequent participant interviews, commissioned by Business in the Community.

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Racism is...

The graphic novels below explore further some of the main findings from the Race at Work survey. They focus on the way that racism is all too often dismissed as ‘banter’ and the way in which survey participants were either greeted with managerial indifference or were told that the ‘customer is always right’ when trying to challenge racism in the workplace. The graphic novels also try to highlight the impact that racism had on the survey participants’ emotional and psychological well-being, as well as making direct reference to the different ‘coping mechanisms’ and sources of support that survey participants deployed and made use of when confronted with racism at work.