Loughborough University – alongside Loughborough Students’ Union – is delighted to be hosting a diverse event programme throughout the month of October which will feature discussion panels, presentations, research roundtables, creative arts opportunities and reading challenges.
The events are open to both staff and students, and the majority will take place online to comply with health and safety guidelines in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More details about each of the events – including booking information, as well as further resources and initiatives – can be found on the dedicated Black History Month website.
One of the highlights of this month’s programme will be a special event hosted by UNISON with speaker Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, a poet and playwright from Leicester.
In her talk ‘Black History is My History is Your History’, she will discuss how Black history has shaped the USA, the UK, as well books and TV programmes, schools and higher education. Carol will also delve into the Black history of Loughborough and Leicestershire.
The University will hold a panel event on 14 October with Dr James Esson, Tara Nadi, Fejiro Amam and Richard Taylor. This will be an open and honest conversation sharing experiences, views, and looking to the future.
Throughout the month, there are also plans to publish student vlogs, poetry, interviews and reflective pieces to coincide with the events programme.
A consistent theme within Black History Month is raising awareness about, and finding solutions to address, structural racism. Here at the University, we are continuing to develop a comprehensive action plan to advance race equality at Loughborough.
In April 2018, Loughborough signed up as a member of the Race Equality Charter and in October 2019, a REC Self-Assessment Team was established in the form of the Race Equality Action Group comprising of 19 staff and students.
Further details about the Race Equality Charter and our commitment to improve areas such as student progression and attainment, staff recruitment and progression, as well as our practices and the efforts to change the organisational culture to eliminate racism on our campuses is available to view here.
Keep an eye on the dedicated Black History Month webpage to stay up to date with the events taking place in October.