The Bristol Diversity Awards recognised boomsatsuma as the winner of the Diversity in Education award for ‘showing leadership in promoting and owning the diversity agenda’, Dec 5th 2020.
Covid-19 lockdown protocols meant the organisers had to move to a virtual ceremony, which opened with a moving reflection looking back at a year which saw racial tensions running high after the murder of George Floyd, and the subsequent rise of Black Lives Matter to renew the fight for justice.
boomsatsuma has forged links with marginalised communities and created opportunities in education across Bristol for nearly two decades. This year has been particularly challenging when society was plunged into a pandemic lockdown on March 23rd. Staff at boomsatsuma worked tirelessly during the weeks leading into that, to Apple iMacs and Wi-Fi, delivered and installed in student homes. All students could continue their education via online seminars, with live help from tutors, giving valuable support, and expanding their knowledge despite lockdown. That continued assessment of course work gave meaningful grading, which once again, saw grades come in above national averages.
Mark Curtis, co-founder of boomsatsuma, enthused:
“Having been shortlisted with UWE Equity and One Bristol Curriculum, we are delighted to be recognised by The Bristol Diversity Awards for our continued commitment to creating education for all demographics of our society. We would like to congratulate all nominees and winners for their work in the area of making Bristol a better place to live and work.
“It’s testament to the effort made by our whole team to undertake sometimes difficult conversations or actions, engaging with communities that may not feel included in the mainstream. We are looking to enable and inspire the next generation of creative professionals to find their voices and shape the future.”
At the start of lockdown, with students facing isolation and a lack of stimulation, boomsatsuma initiated an innovative project: managing virtual basketball games for students from Bristol Metropolitan Academy and their oppositions, via live stream gaming platforms. A three-year collaboration with the Iconic Black Britons project also progressed, with students developing an AR tour of the Seven Saints of St Pauls.