Published On: 15 May 2023Tags: ,

We Are The Change: Student Commission on Racial Justice short film calls for more action against racism and microaggressions.

A short film exploring the racism and microaggressions experienced by young people in Britain was launched in May.

The film was created by the Student Commission on Racial Justice and discusses the types of racism and microaggressions experienced by young people from minoritised ethnic groups, and how more needs to be done in calling it out.

Recruited by Leaders Unlocked in partnership with 10 colleges across England, the Student Commissioners are bringing the voices of thousands of young people to the debate about racial justice in England.

The Student Commission on Racial Justice, now in its third year, has explored racial disparities in education across key areas:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Support, Safety and Wellbeing
  • Events, Social Life and College Culture
  • World of Work and Aspiration
  • Complaints Structure and Process

The Commission have developed national recommendations for change that will be delivered to decision-makers in a Manifesto for Action and showcase event on Thursday 25th May 2023.

For the Commission’s previous recommendations that cover the key sectors: Education, Policing and Justice, Employment and Health, see ‘A Platform for Young People’s Voices on Racial Justice 2022’.

“It’s been an honour that I will carry with me my entire life, having been able to contribute to the cause of racial justice through this film. I hope that with the launch, any doubts people had towards the current injustices and flaws in our system designed on outdated nonsensical bias, can become the spark to the flame of conviction, allowing people to truly understand and believe in delivering racial equality in education for all.” Fahad, 21, MK College Group

“Don’t be afraid to take action If you see someone being treated unfairly or you’re getting bullied yourself. That’s how we make a change, by taking that first step.” Iris, 17, The Sheffield College

“The opportunity to let my voice be heard is really important to me, and this project let me do that. Not just for myself but for others with similar experiences to mine.” De’Andre, 17, Solihull College and University Centre

“Another brilliant piece of work. Hard hitting, gritty, social realism this time. It has been great to see all three campaign videos and how each year our young people have found a different form of expression to share the same anger and passion to be change makers.” Richard Hodgkiss, Leyton Sixth Form College

“WOW. This is powerful, emotive, and so insightful… So proud of all the Student Commissioners!” Arv Kaushal, MK College Group

“Such a powerful, thought provoking piece of work! Watching it made me quite emotional, but for a number of reasons, the biggest being how proud I am of all the students that have been involved in putting it together. Thank you so much to the Student Commission on Racial Justice partners and most of all the students for their amazing work.” Natalie Simmonds-Alleyne, Birmingham Metropolitan College


Media Contact
For more information about the Student Commission on Racial Justice please contact Project Director Alev:

Notes to Editors

About Leaders Unlocked
Leaders Unlocked is a social enterprise that works across education, policing, health and justice to help organisations involve the people who matter and shape decision-making for the better.

More about the Student Commission on Racial Justice
Leaders Unlocked has brought together students from ten partnering colleges to form the Student Commission:
Barnsley College
Bedford College Group
Birmingham Metropolitan College
City College Norwich
DN Colleges Group
Kirklees College
Leyton Sixth Form College
MK College Group
Solihull College and University Centre
The Sheffield College

The Commissions Manifesto for Action will be launched at an online showcase event on Thursday 25th May, 4-5:30pm. For more information, contact Project Director: Alev Zahir