Exeter Respect on Campus will be held on Sunday 3 June 2018, 12:00-16:00, outside the University’s Forum Building, Stocker Road

University of Exeter Students’ Guild launches ‘Exeter Respect on Campus’ celebration

The University of Exeter and the Students’ Guild have partnered with Exeter Respect to launch the first ‘Exeter Respect on Campus’, a day dedicated to a student-led celebration of diversity on campus

In partnership with the University of Exeter and Exeter Respect, the Students’ Guild is announcing the launch of Exeter Respect on Campus; a free day festival dedicated to celebrating diversity across staff and students at the University. The event will be held on Sunday 3 June 2018, 12:00-16:00, outside the University’s Forum Building, Stocker Road, and will be a day of arts, music, entertainment and performance – open to students, staff and members of the public. 

Exeter Respect is a well-known festival in the city and they have worked closely with the project to ensure the ethos and foundations of the original festival stem throughout the student celebrations. The activities and events are led by students the Students’ Guild are supporting. The day will include:

  • Performances from headliner Natty, Dakar Audio Club, Macondo, Natasha Bala Hall, Skeleton Wizard, and Cassian Fagilde
  • BAME Labour Students
  • Readings of Akala and Reni Eddo-Lodge
  • Chinese, Nepalese, and Indian Cultural Exchange
  • Film premiere of UNMASKed
  • Henna stalls
  • Imam lead prayer session
  • A range of exciting festival food vendors

Kat Karamani, Vice-President for Welfare and Diversity of the Students’ Guild, said: “I’m so excited to have this opportunity to bring students together for a dedicated day of celebrating diversity in Exeter, with many activities being led by the students themselves. The Respect ethos is a simple one: racism and prejudice often spring from fear, and fear is often based on ignorance, so let’s overcome ignorance by getting to know one another and sharing not shunning our cultures.”

Professor Janice Kay, Provost and Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Exeter, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Students’ Guild and Exeter Respect to bring to life the Exeter Respect on Campus festival for the first time. We are committed to ensuring our campuses are welcoming to everyone who studies, works or visits us. We look forward to bringing together our staff and student communities to celebrate diversity and promote inclusivity.”

Vice-President of Activities for the Students’ Guild, Becca Hanley, followed saying: “We have such an incredible set of student groups and societies who can contribute to the day and be at the centre of the celebrations. Following the success of the student-led ‘Unmask Rally’ in March, I can’t wait to see our groups leading the way in breaking down barriers on campus.”

The event is aimed at students and staff but anyone in the local community is invited to attend and join in the festivities.

Date: 25 May 2018

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