Chi Onwurah MP, The Importance of Diversity in STEM, Black History Month 2018

October is Black History Month - an annual event in the UK that celebrates black history, arts and culture.

Black History Month 2018

Imperial marked Black History Month 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. The campaign was supported by our BAME staff network, Imperial As One. The Faculty of Medicine also got involved, celebrating the work of black students and staff on the Imperial Medicine blog. You can read the profiles on this website. 

Imperial As One invited the Anthony Nolan blood cancer and disorders charity to campus, and hosting a talk celebrating black scientists and inventors from Black History Walks. The 11th Creative Futures event, a workshop designed to inspire school pupils to achieve their full potential, also took place, organised by Dr Sunday Popo-Ola, (Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering).

Imperial was also delighted to welcome 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. You can watch full video above. 

Explore our Black History Month profiles