BHM profiles

In 2018 Imperial As One invited people to volunteer and nominate profiles of staff, students, alumni and inspirational BAME scientists.

Every October, Black History Month (BHM) in the UK celebrates black history, arts, and culture.

BHM 2021 at Imperial

We have a range of events taking place across Imperial for Black History Month, both online and in person. We hope to see you at one of the events! If you are planning something for Black History Month, or at any time of the year, please get in touch with the EDI Centre.

Imperial’s African-Caribbean Society, East African Society, and the Somali Society will be taking over the College's social media channels throughout the Month.

Black History Month 2021 events at Imperial

Navigation and Wayfinding for Visually Impaired People:

Challenges and Potential Solutions

Thursday 28 October, 13.00 - 14.00
Online Teams meeting

At this Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering event, Professor Washington Yotto Ochieng, FREng, will explore the development of an indoor navigation system that is both reliable and fully accessible for visually impaired people, or anyone that may struggle to navigate the built environment.

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UCL x Imperial Engineering Wikithon

Online Zoom event

Join UCL Engineering and Imperial Engineering for this free Wikipedia edit-a-thon. The aim is to add/create the Wikipedia entries for at least 50 Black engineers and scientists by the end of the session. Open to all.

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Previous years

Imperial as One, our BAME staff network, has 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.

Members of Imperial community on BHM Month and need for change

Less Talk, More Action

Every individual at Imperial should feel safe and comfortable to bring their whole self to their place of work or study. 

For BHM 2020 we spoke to members of our community about why the Month is important, what changes we as an institution need to make, and their vision of a bright future.

Chi Onwurah, MP, reflects on her own experiences of studying and working in STEM and what universities need to do.

The importance of diversity in STEMM

As part of BHM 2018, Imperial invited Chi Onwurah MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Diversity and Inclusion in STEM. 

Chi reflected on her own experiences of studying and working in STEM and what universities need to do. She also talked about the importance of diversity as an economic imperative and focuses on the need for systematic change.