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Loughborough University celebrates Black History Month

October marks Black History Month and the University is hosting a series of events to celebrate the achievements of Black people and reflect on our progress as a university towards racial equity.

Throughout the month there will be a range of events – both online and physical – as well as educational web content and exciting initiative launches.

Loughborough will hold its first Race Equity Town Hall to share the outcomes and action plan of the recently submitted Race Equality Charter Bronze application.

Mike Wedderburn will give a talk about his career as part of the Voices of Diversity series, and members of the Windrush generation will discuss their experiences in the Faces of Windrush event.

The Afro-Caribbean Society will also host a game-show night and a movie night, giving students a chance to meet new people and learn more about Black history.

LU Arts is working with alumna Rennae Walker to launch a podcast dedicated to celebrating joyful narratives of being Black and British. Professional and student artists will be commissioned every month to share their stories through their work.

Loughborough’s dedicated Black History Month webpage highlights inspiring stories from the last 12 months, features informative and educational resources and provides event details for the month.

Furthermore, Loughborough academic Dr Ksenia Chmutina has curated a reading list with books on Black history, Black narratives and the Black experience.

A business showcase is also available to view, celebrating Black student, staff and alumni-owned businesses. Visitors to the site can also find the University’s EDI blog, the Tackling Racism module and articles on microaggressions and understanding racial terms.  

The month will culminate with a parade around campus on 29 October, giving people a chance to reflect on Black History Month and discuss the University’s plans for the future.

Loughborough University’s dedicated Black History Month webpage is available to view here.