Caius MCR statement: Caius MCR is committed to promoting an environment of learning that is inclusive and welcoming to all students. Our commitment to diversity is a commitment to excellence. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment where differences are celebrated and people of all backgrounds are empowered to be their authentic selves.
Mission of BME secretary: to campaign for the rights of minority students at Caius, and to implement policy changes that enable the college to be more welcoming and promote the recruitment of more BME students, fellows and members of staff, making the Caius community more diverse and a better place of higher learning.
We hope all students have an outstanding experience combined with the academic excellence here at Caius and Cambridge. This should be a safe space to explore ideas and grow personally and intellectually. We have a zero tolerance policy for discrimination and harassment and we are comitted to ensuring that Caius is a supportive enviroment for all. Nonetheless, we understand that incidents may take place and for this purpose, we have an internal system at Caius for reporting any incidents faced by our members, especially students. Through this system, we hope you can feel comfortable enough to communicate any cases of bullying, microaggressions, or harassment that you personally experience or witness while at Caius.
We understand fear of retaliation or exposure might prevent you from disclosing experiences of this nature to the college. However, disclosing incidents anonymously helps the college keep track of the number and nature of reports. This will result in the implementation of policies to reduce these incidents, and make members of college aware of the unacceptable experiences faced by our students.
“I’ve witnessed or been the recepient of an incident of discrimination/bullying/sexual abuse/harrasment/violence (physical or emotional) etc., – What do I do now?”
Reporting Form against students, staff, fellows at Gonville and Caius: https://intranet.cai.cam.ac.uk/complaint-form
Resources and Policies at Gonville and Caius: https://intranet.cai.cam.ac.uk/regulations-handbooks-and-policies
|Andrew Spencer||Senior Tutor||senior.tutor(at)cai.cam.ac.uk|
|Deborah Bowman |
|Dr Melissa Calaresu|
Dr Bronwen Everill
|College Discrimination and Harassment Officers||cdhc(at)cai.cam.ac.uk|
|David Posner||BME Secretary (MCR)||mcr-bme(at)cai.cam.ac.uk|
|Anne Limon Duparcmeur |
|College Nurses||01223 332421|
|Welfare Officers (MCR)||mcr-welfare(at)cai.cam.ac.uk|
Places in Caius
Interfaith prayer room in U-staircase in Tree Court.
BME Events/Socials at Caius
There are a range of events and socials held at Caius for BME students to meet, interact, and socialise with one another, across the academic year. For example, during Michaelmas term, there is often a BME formal hosted by the BME Officer where students are invited to dine with one another. From game nights, to barbecues to movie nights, there are various social opportunities for BME students at Caius to come together.
Diversity Day – Caius Diversity Day is an event hosted by Caius college, to create a platform where students, regardless of their College or society connections, can discuss and celebrate their identity and culture. Cultural societies are invited, such as the BME campaign, the Pakistan Society, the Bangla Society, CU Nigeria Society and the University’s Central Asian Society, the Afro-Caribbean Society, and many more. Art, literature, food and dress from all around the world are on display and attendees are able to take part in workshops, socialise with each other, and celebrate the diverse cultures of Cambridge students.
Cambridge Clubs and Student Societies:
These are the biggest cultural societies at Cambridge, but of course there are many, many more, that can be found at: https://www.cambridgesu.co.uk/opportunities/societies/societies/
The following resources have been compiled by the MCR committee for students who wish to support and learn about Black Lives Matter and associated causes. This is part of the MCR’s ongoing effort towards anti-racism:
Would you like to support via donation?
Human Rights Organizations
Some high-profile groups doing important work you may want to be aware of include:
Addressing racial equality in higher ed:
Legal limits of affirmative action
Suggestions for books to be added to the library:
Policies for making America better NAACP: