Addressing racial harassment on work placements
Students who experience racism, racial harassment, or microaggressive behaviour whilst on work placement can feel particularly isolated and unsupported. They can be unsure who to report issues to, worried about the consequences of reporting and unable to challenge behaviours. They may experience racism from medical supervisors, staff or patients.
Areas of progress and projects that tackle racial harassment and race-specific challenges on work placements include:
- Meeting with UHL Trust Education and EDI Leads to discuss mentoring for ethnic minority students and particular challenges that some students from minority communities might face on clinical placements, e.g. finding the 'right' scrub hat when on surgical placement - students should never feel they can't go into theatre because there might not be a hair/head covering that works for them.