On Friday 16th October, Cambridge Regional College supported Show Racism the Red Card, a national campaign to tackle racism, stereotypes and characteristic differences. The Students’ Union led on a range of activities that enabled the whole College community to unite by wearing red to show their support for the cause.
In addition to the college-wide wearing of red, the Supported Learning team explored what racism is and how it is manifested in society, segregating certain groups based on their characteristics. During the discussion, the learners held up their Show Racism cards in response to scenarios that they believed were racist. The learners gave some fantastic examples of times in our history when racism has reached the headlines, such as the case of Rosa Parks and prominent figures such as Martin Luther King that have stood up in the fight against racism.
The Catering team held a Great CRC Bake Off that saw learners create a dessert using red ingredients. There was a lot of creativity taking place with the chefs preparing red velvet cupcakes, raspberry cheesecake, strawberry mousse among other dishes. Once the bake-off had finished the fruits of their labour were sold in the Bistro to raise money for Show Racism the Red Card.
The Early Years team moved outdoors and got creative with capturing their support of the campaign on camera, sharing the message that racism of any form is unacceptable in a fun and engaging way.
Students’ Union representatives recorded their personal pledges to Show Racism the Red Card and a virtual pledge wall gave everyone the opportunity to make their own pledge in a Covid-safe way. At a time when group photographs are not permitted, due to social-distancing, individuals wearing red were asked to send in their photo so that a WRD20 Collage could be produced to demonstrate the far-reaching support of this campaign.
To round off the day’s events, the Students’ Union President and Officers joined Principal, Mark Robertson, Deputy Principal Michelle Dowse and MP Daniel Zeichner on a Zoom call to discuss racism. Each learner had prepared their own question for Daniel and Mark which resulted in an informative and engaging discussion on racism and how we can take steps to a better future.