Black History Month Events

UNISON Loughborough University – in partnership with Loughborough University and the Students’ Union – is proud to celebrate Black History Month throughout October. Our events programme aims to honour the contributions, achievements and histories of black people among our staff, students and wider community.

There’s a variety of events happening across campus as we celebrate Black History Month. Find out more about how you can get involved.

 

Black History Month parade

The Ethnic Minorities Network have organised a parade around campus to mark the start of Black History Month here at Loughborough.

Come and join us as we raise awareness for this historic month and walk alongside one another in friendship, love and solidarity.

Everyone is welcome to attend and we hope to see you there.

 

Supporting Black Excellence in STEM

Over the past year, there has been growing discussion in the media of the failure of UK universities in supporting black students and staff.

The School of Science has collaborated with Black Excellence UK on a project to create video and poster profiles of black scientists. This work aims to raise the profile of black people in STEM and increase awareness of the difficulties and barriers they face.

This event will launch the poster resources, with a talk from Black Excellence founder and Loughborough alumni Dr Deji Akiwowo and a panel session with a selection of black UK scientists about improving visibility, representation, support and outcomes.

 

Black History Month book reading

This reading, led by staff and students from Humanities, will present short extracts of work by poets and novelists, including Toni Morrison, and British playwright, debbie tucker green. These will be read by Loughborough students with commentaries by Dr Andrew Dix and Dr Siân Adiseshiah, academic experts on these writers.

 

Black History Month: slavery discussion

This interactive session will showcase research by staff in the Social Sciences about the legacy of slavery.

We will discuss the themes of compensation paid to slave owners after the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, and the ongoing controversy around reparations for victims and recent admissions of institutional responsibility.

The audience will participate by discussing short readings distributed at the event.

 

Flix Screening: ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ (12a)

After her fiance is falsely imprisoned, a pregnant African-American woman sets out to clear his name and prove his innocence.

 

Black History Month: migration discussion

This interactive session will showcase research by staff in the Social Sciences about migration, especially of people of BAME origin.

We will discuss the reasons for migration, migration pattern and the experiences of migrants.

The audience will participate by discussing short readings distributed at the event.

 

Black Women and Feminism: discussion panel

The Ethnic Minorities Network and Women’s Network have organised a discussion panel to talk about black women and feminism, and how the feminist movement differs for self-identifying women in the black community.

A range of guests will discuss their thoughts on feminism as black women, including what it means to them and the importance of intersectionality in feminism and society.

Entry is free, so come and join us for some thought-provoking discussions.

 

Inspirational Black Leaders

To mark Black History Month, Careers Network, Ethnic Minorities Network and the African Caribbean Society bring you an exclusive guest speaker event.

Come along to hear our speakers talk about the realities of climbing to senior positions in the workplace. They will share their personal experiences, struggles and successes they have experienced whilst progressing within their career.

Speakers confirmed work in a number of high profile roles and in a variety of areas within a variety of industries including counselling, sales, finance, data science and the Armed Forces.

They will share their stories and tips as well as give insights on their employer’s activities to support BAME colleagues in the workplace. There will be an informal networking session after the event.

Students and staff welcome to attend.

 

Black History Month: colonialism discussion

This interactive session will showcase research by staff in the Social Sciences about colonialism, especially of people of BAME origin.

We will discuss what colonialism is, how it impacted and continues to impact people of BAME origin, and why it is so important for us to understand it.

The audience will participate by discussing short readings distributed at the event.

 

Black History Month Carnival

The BHM Carnival is back for 2019!

Come dressed in your best and join us for an evening full of food, performances, glitter and much more as we end Black History Month with a huge celebration.

Free entry and free food.