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 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
Our new #BlackToTheFuture series spotlights our alumni and celebrates Black accomplishments at Imperial and beyond.
In the first profile, Imperial alumna Adéolá Ò. reflects on how her passion for empowering young women led to her founding Pink Dynasty - a mentoring programme for young women from marginalised backgrounds.
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 October
In person events
Six 'Day in the life of...' events have been planned as part of the Great Exhibition Road Festival.
Join as we meet Mebrakh Haughton-Johnson, Courtnae Bailey, Miranda Lowe, Gbemi Oluleye, Leslie Primo, and Tayshan Hayden-Smith.
IAO Presents: Ethnicity Pay Gap at Imperial
Monday 18 October, 10.00 - 11.00
Online Teams event
Imperial published our Ethnicity Pay Gap for the first time last year, showing the gap between median hourly pay of BME to White staff at 9.4%. But what do all the facts and figures mean?
Imperial As One has invited Harbhajan Brar, Director of HR, and Audrey Fraser, Head of Reward, Engagement and Policy, to join their Monday coffee morning.
Black Future Leaders Scholarship
Friday 22 October, 12.00 - 13.00
Online Zoom webinar
Hear from members across the Business School, as they share their perspectives on diversity and the 2021 theme - Proud to Be.
We'll also be discussing the opportunities available for students considering studying at the Business School, with speakers from the Africa Business Club.
Alumni Spotlight: Ambassador Yvette Stevens
Tuesday 26 October, 17.30 - 18.30
Online Zoom webinar
Imperial's Alumni Spotlight event series shines a light on talented and passionate alumni from our global community. This event will feature Ambassador Yvette Stevens (MSc Electrical Power Systems and Machines 1974), Winner of the Distinguished Alumni Award 2021. After finishing her studies at Imperial in 1974, Yvette returned to Sierra Leone where she was the country’s first woman engineer.
Race equality in HE discussion panel
Tuesday 26 October, 16.00 - 17.30
The LUKI network (formed of LSE, UCL, King's and Imperial race equality staff networks) invites you to this discussion of efforts made by each institution to create equity and to improve 'best practices' in the sector.
As well as two short talks by race equality HE experts, senior leaders will take part in a panel discussion about where each university stands on their path to anti-racism.
Proud to be: IMPACT edition
Wednesday 27 October, 12.30 - 14.00
Online Teams event
Join us as the EDI Centre showcases how IMPACT, our internal development programme for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff, supports the Imperial community.
We will highlight the experiences that delegates have had and their achievements, hearing from five people who have completed the programme.
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.
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.
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.