I am different, I am not the same, I am BAME!

Chair of the Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Group, Jessica Drue, speaks about the new group and her powerful story.


My name is Jessica Drue and I am proudly the chair of the BAME (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) Group. Our goal is to be the voice for BAME students and our aim is to make a positive change where possible and create a comfortable environment for BAME students so that they don’t feel different to any other OU student.

Being multi-ethnic myself I have faced many struggles and insecurities because of how society has portrayed those like me. Growing up I was so self-conscious of my features because society’s views were that I was different. I don’t look right, I don’t look the same as non-BAME students, I don’t have the smallest nose, straightest hair etc.

Over the years I began slowly facing my cultural struggles, my insecurities and I practiced self-love. I began to understand that I was different and I had unique features however I was blessed to be different and to have parents from different cultural backgrounds.

Now I am more than proud to say that I AM DIFFERENT, I AM NOT THE SAME, I AM B.A.M.E.

The world is full of different ethnicities and my aim is to change the views of society and help everyone embrace all our differences, our features, our hair etc. No matter what complexion, height, weight or shoe size you are. If you are reading this I want you to know that, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL, YOU ARE AMAZING, YOU ARE UNIQUE, YOU ARE SPECIAL. Never forget that.

Spread love not hate, happiness not sadness, calmness not anger, positivity not negativity. Every race has the right to be on this beautiful earth so let’s embrace this amazing planet TOGETHER! #BAME #CULTURALDIFFERENCESAREOK

If you would like to join the BAME group, fill out a form.

If you have any queries or want to find out more about the BAME group please email oustudents-support@open.ac.uk.

This blog has been posted on behalf of Jessica Drue.


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