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Avril Bellinger and Deirdre Ford

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781447318606

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.001.0001

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‘Do you have to be white to pass this course?’ Developing support for black and minority ethnic students in a predominantly white area

‘Do you have to be white to pass this course?’ Developing support for black and minority ethnic students in a predominantly white area

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(p.55) Four ‘Do you have to be white to pass this course?’ Developing support for black and minority ethnic students in a predominantly white area
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Practice placement in social work
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Sharon Soper

Geraldine Blomfield

Monica Mullings

Sibonginskosi Ndimande

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781447318606.003.0004

This chapter challenges the idea of Black and minority ethnic (BME) people as victims whilst eloquently refuting the ‘colour-blind’ assumption that all students have a universal experience of education, embedded throughout university processes such as recruitment, progression, teaching, placements and assessments (Cheetham, 1982; Ahmed et al, 1986; Sedlacek, 1987; Ahmad, 1990). It draws on Crenshaw’s notion of intersectionality (1989) to illustrate the multi-faceted nature of oppression through the testimony of BME social work students and staff which makes for uncomfortable reading. The chapter gives a detailed account of a successful support structure enabling others to learn from the authors’ experience. Attention is given to students’ strategies to maintain resilience in relation to practice learning. Most particularly the chapter sets out a ‘whole institution’ strategy for countering white racism.

Keywords:   bme, institutional oppression, practice learning

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