- Mar 6, 2004
A university is to hire 20 of its own students to challenge language on campus that could be seen as racist.
The University of Sheffield is to pay students to tackle so-called "microaggressions" - which it describes as "subtle but offensive comments".
They will be trained to "lead healthy conversations" about preventing racism on campus and in student accommodation.
Vice-chancellor Koen Lamberts said the initiative wanted to "change the way people think about racism".
The students will be paid £9.34 per hour as "race equality champions", working between two and nine hours per week to tackle "microaggressions" in the university.
These are described as comments or actions which might be unintentional, but which can cause offence to a minority group.
It gives examples of what it means by microaggression - such as:
- "Stop making everything a race issue"
- "Why are you searching for things to be offended about?"
- "Where are you really from?"
- "I don't want to hear about your holiday to South Africa. It's nowhere near where I'm from"
- "Being compared to black celebrities that I look nothing like"