Black History Month
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 2022 at Imperial
12 October 14:20-15:30
Talk by David Waboso, CBE, former managing director of digital railway Network Rail at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The 2022 Black History Month talk in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering will be delivered by David Waboso, CBE, former managing director of digital railway Network Rail.
The talk will take place on Wednesday 12 October from 14:20-15:30 in 201 Skempton Building and will be followed by refreshments.
14 and 21 October
Department of Chemistry events
The Department of Chemistry are running several events for Black History Month to bring the Department together to celebrate Black culture and show support for Black colleagues.
Live Music from Mangrove Steelband
Come and hear the Mangrove Steelband play live on 14 October from 16:00 at the Chemistry Cafe, Common Room, Chemistry Building on South Kensington Campus.
Register for the event via EventBrite.
Wear Red Day- Show Racism The Red Card
All day on the 21 October, please wear red! A photo of all students and staff who wear red to show racism the red card will be taken at the Chemistry Cafe, South Kensington Campus at 10am.
If you're in the financial position, please consider donating whatever you can spare to Wear Red Day.
Find out more about Wear Red Day and the work they are doing in the UK.
Live screening of Windrush- Phoenix Dance
The Chemistry Department's EDI Committee will be screening The Phoenix Dance Theater's Windrush on 21 October at 17:30 in B10, Chemsitry Building, South Kensington Campus.
Find out more about the Phoenix Dance Theater.
Challenging Racism in the NHS, one case at a time
Join Imperial College's Afro-Caribbean Society at 18:00-19:00 on 18 October at this online event to focus on a case study to explore how we challenge racism in the NHS. We will hear from Imperial clinician and Director of the centre for Retroviruses, Prof Graham Taylor, and Vanessa, a young Afro-Caribbean mother. The event will be introduced by Prof Jonathan Weber, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine.
Register for the event on EventBrite
24 October 16:30-18:00
Faculty of Natural Science researchers of Black heritage from across the academic pipeline
Share stories, make connections and expand your network!
Celebrate Black history month by getting to know your colleagues in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. A panel of students, fellows and professors of Black heritage will share their stories and experiences
and answer your questions. Following the Q & A, there will be an opportunity to meet, share and connect with colleagues over drinks and nibbles. This event is part of the Faculty’s new Changing the Face of Science programme to support students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in science and/or university.
All Imperial staff and students welcome. Register here!
IMPACT celebration 25 October
The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre is running a celebration event with delegates from 2021 and 2022 IMPACT development programme, the talent development programme for staff who identify from a minority ethnic group. This will be an opportunity for delegates to celebrate and network in-person. The event will be held on the 15 October 12:30-14:00 and is open to IMPACT delegates.
25 & 26 October
Africa Business Club: Imperial College Homage Exhibitions
The Business School’s Africa Business Club 2021-22 student committee invites staff and students to attend this two-day exhibition to shine a light on diversity, bring African Art to the forefront, and open genuine conversations about the place of African-descent individuals at all levels of society.
Over the course of two days, attendees will explore diversity and creativity across the African continent and the diaspora through art, have the opportunity to attend panels on the intersection of art, business and technology, and learn practical skills in dynamic workshops. More information can be found on the exhibition’s agenda.
To support the implementation of diversity at university, the event aims to raise £34,400 with donations and the auction of the artworks for at least one student to be enrolled at Imperial College London, through the Cowrie Scholarship Foundation. Your donations are appreciated.
Sickle cell and PhD: Experiencing chronic pain while being a scientist
Please join us for our next Invisible Warrior workshop 19:00-20:30 26 October.
In this workshop we are joined by Dr Michael Olanipekun, PhD. Michael has Sickle Cell Disease, and also just finished his PhD at Imperial College London! Join our workshop and hear Michael’s inspiring story of becoming a scientist while living with this chronic illness.
Invisible Warrior is a Sickle Cell Disease awareness project, and one of our projects is monthly workshops for all interested in discussing and learning about Sickle Cell Disease. More information about the project is available on our website.
The workshop will take place online via Zoom and is open to patients, family, friends, students, medical professionals and all who are interested in attending. Sign up by emailing: email@example.com.
Beyond Ethnicity: Diversifying STEMM and Business Early Careers Conference
Imperial as One and the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Centre (EDIC) are very pleased to announce that the popular Beyond Ethnicity: Diversifying STEMM and Business Early Careers Conference (formally the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Early Careers Conference) is back and in person this year at South Kensington Campus on Friday 4 November.
This year’s theme is exploring how to turn ideas into entrepreneurship with a keynote talk from Michelle Palmer, CEO and Founder of TheDifferenceEngine, workshops targeted at improving enterprise, financial and media skills, and a panel of speakers from STEMM and Business who will share their career journey.
The event is free, and open to:
- Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD students
- Postdoctoral researchers
- Early career professionals who have an interest in STEMM and business
- While the conference will be hosted by Imperial As One and Imperial College London, the conference is open to everyone.
Register your Place on EventBrite
Black People of Imperial Exhibition
A new exhibition celebrating the Black People of Imperial has been installed outside the Read and Pippard Lecture Theatres, Level 5, Sherfield Building, South Kensington Campus.
Union Black: Britain’s Black cultures and steps to anti-racism course
Union Black: Britain’s Black cultures and steps to anti-racism, an online course brought to you by Santander Universities in partnership with The Open University is once again open for enrolment.
Santander have produced a short trailer for the course
The course is now ‘always on’ and will be freely available to staff and students at all UK Universities until May 2024 via the Santander Scholarship Platform
Please see the course registration guide with a step-by-step guide on how to access the programme.
In addition to the full course, Learners now also have the option of completing a one-hour introductory version of the course entitled ‘Introducing Union Black’, designed to an introduce learners to some of the concepts and learning experiences contained in the full 8 hour course.
All learners will receive a certificate of achievement upon completion of Union Black which they can add to their CV or share on social media. Learners who complete the introductory course will receive a statement of participation.
Further resources supporting Black History month
- Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Fact Sheet has a directory of therapists of Black, African, Asian or Caribbean heritage
- Black Minds Matter connects Black individuals and families to free mental health support provided by Black therapists
- Sharing Voices works with various BAME groups in Bradford to offer emotional support, group sessions and befriending services
- Taraki works with Punjabi communities to create spaces where people can access mental health support and education. You can join their virtual forums for men, women and LGBTQIA+ people
- Rethink Mental Illness provides a Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Mental Health Fact Sheet
More information coming soon
If you are planning an activity for Black History Month, or an EDI event at any time of the year, please get in touch with the EDI Centre.
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.
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.
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.