Black History Month
October is Black History Month (BHM) - an annual event in the UK that celebrates black history, arts, and culture.
This year Black History Month in the College builds on the recent success of Imperial As One's Belonging interview series, the BME Early Career Research conference in September, and the Shifting the Lens series from the 2019 IMPACT project group.
We recognise that 2020 has been a year for activism and has highlighted the need for BAME and especially Black voices to be heard. Every individual at Imperial should feel safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to their place of work or study.
This year a range of events and activities are being organised at Imperial from a number of different teams. Some of these are listed below, but you can also find more events from the Imperial College Union. Let us know about any events you are organising locally in your area.
Launch of new LUKI network
Thursday 1 October, 13.00 - 14.00
Virtual event on Zoom
LSE, UCL, King’s College and Imperial (LUKI) are forming a new alliance to champion race equality, representation and progression for BAME staff in HE. Meet and connect with staff across all four institutions at our special launch event.
Thursday 8 October, 12.30 - 13.30
Virtual workshop on Zoom
In this Imperial As One workshop, spoken word poet Desree will guide us through how we can use poetry to explore our experiences. Poetry is a way of communicating emotions and experiences that can resonate with others often in unexpected ways.
Virtual Black history walking tour
Wednesday 14 October, 12.00
Join Imperial College Union on this Black History virtual walking tour of Notting Hill. See how Portland Road has transformed since WWII, the studio where Bob Marley and the Wailers recorded 'No Woman No Cry', and the restaurant which acted as the original office for the Notting Hill Carnival.
Wednesday 14 October, 13.00 - 14.00
MS Teams Live Event
Dr Monalesia Earle, author of Writing Queer Women of Colour: Representation and Misdirection in Contemporary Fiction and Graphic Narratives, will discuss how the historical misrepresentation, and under-representation of queer women of colour in literature and comics, can be more creatively challenged.
From Stonewall to Black Lives Matter
Wednesday 21 October, 15.30 - 17.00
Join this Imperial–LSE collaborative event, hosted by our LGBTQ+ and BAME staff networks, as we examine the link between protests like Pride and Black Lives Matter and their role in bringing about revolutionary change. Featuring four fantastic discussion leaders.
Imperial Lates Online: Wellbeing
Monday 26 October, 18.30 - 19.15
As part of the next Imperial Lates, junior doctor Kwarteng Sarfo and digital health researcher Clarissa Gardner come together to explore the Black experience in mental health care. Kwarteng and Clarissa will discuss racial equality in access to services.
The Myth of the Angry Black Woman workshop
Tuesday 27 October, 12.00 - 13.00
Imperial As One welcomes Samantha Uwadiae, diversity and inclusion expert and psychology-based confidence coach, to explore societal stereotypes of 'The Angry Black Woman'. This will be a safe space to learn, discuss, and challenge this myth.
Imperial as One, our BAME staff network, have organised events and talks for the Month, for example inviting the Anthony Nolan blood cancer and disorders charity to campus, and hosting a talk celebrating black scientists and inventors from Black History Walks.
In 2018 Imperial celebrated with a digital exhibition that took over the screens across campuses. We showcased black staff, students and alumni, and recognised the inspiring work of renowned black scientists past and present. You can still explore the online Black History Month profiles.
The importance of diversity in STEMM
As part of Black History Month 2018, Imperial invited Chi Onwurah MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM.
Chi reflects on her own experiences of studying and working in STEM and what universities need to do. She also talks about the importance of diversity as an economic imperative and focuses on the need for systematic change.