We are delighted to share a diverse lineup of events and talks for BHM 2022. This year’s theme (in the UK) is ‘Time for Change: Action Not Words'. You can get involved in many ways. Sign up to one of the many events and activities organized by a number of Departments at the University. If you are feeling inspired and have an event you would like included in this year's programme, you can submit it for publication by emailing Culture and Inclusion team. Finally, if you are not already a member, consider joining the People of Colour Network for staff or SU's Bath African and Caribbean Society for students. The list of activities below is not exhaustive and will be regularly updated with the latest news and events throughout October.

Inspiration, Courage and Change: Jason Arday in Conversation with Rajani Naidoo on his personal and schoarly journey for racial equity

Jason Arday in conversation with Prof Rajani Naidoo, Vice President for Community and Inclusion, on his inspirational life journey and how we can work together to transform universities, hosted by the University of Bath Culture and Inclusion Team. Drawing on his extensive research and life experience, the discussion will include the trauma of racism, mental wellbeing and how universities can develop contextually appropriate mental health interventions. Jason will also share his research, outlining how together we can transform culture, curriculum and access to create equitable and inspirational universities. This free webinar will take place on Zoom on Monday 17 October 2022, 13:00 – 14:15 BST. To find more information and register, please visit the Eventbrite page. The event is open to all.

Discussion with author, speaker and poet Andreena Leeanne

Join us for a lunchtime discussion on 21 October 2022 at 1-2pm with Andreena Leeanne, an author, poet, and inspirational speaker. Andreena is the author of CHARRED: A survivor speaks her truth to inspire, a collection of poems published by Team Angelica in October 2020 and shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize in 2021. This event is jointly organised by the Library, Culture and Inclusion team, Kaleidoscope, and Bath Spa University. Register for the event here. Please read the full event description for TWs about potentially distressing topics.

Time for Change: Action Not Words - Roundtable Discussion

In conversation with Vice-President Community and Inclusion, Professor Rajani Naidoo, staff and students will discuss this year's Black History Month theme and their experiences at the University of Bath, as well as the wider reaches of the movement - both in the UK and globally. The event will take place at the Edge theatre on 25th October at 12:30-13:30pm. Topics covered will vary from what 'action' in the place of words means to us, how this can be achieved and the progress still needed to embed racial equality into our everyday practices and thinking. This is a jointly-organised event between the Culture and Inclusion team and the SU. You can find out more information and register here.

Film Showing - Ouvrir la Voix

Dr Mariana Bonnouvrier (POLIS) has organised a showing of the film Ouvrir la Voix/Speak Up (2017) for a cohort of PoLIS students. This documentary centres Black women whose origins lie in European colonial history in Africa and the West Indies. The film focuses on the common identities: "woman" and "Black", whilst highlighting the diversity of African diasporas and exploring the intersections of discrimination, art and Blackness. Speak Up is about Black women reclaiming the narrative (IMDb). The film will be shown at 5:15pm on Friday 28th October, CB 3.10.

Podcast Spotlight

The Culture and Inclusion (C&I) team are excited to share a weekly podcast spotlight via the EDI blog. Every Friday throughout Black History Month, the C&I team will shine a spotlight on podcasts from Black creators and shows discussing Black history, as well as the prejudices that the Black community still experiences and how allies can show their support. Tune in to find some great educational material and expand your knowledge of some of the most important cultural and historical aspects of the racial justice movement, with key figures across the globe.

Celebrating the Black Role Models of Mathematics Blog

PhD student Tosin Babasola has written a brilliant blog post about his participation in this year's 3rd annual Black Heroes of Mathematics Conference, hosted by the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences lecture theatre. Click through to find out more about Tosin's experience and watch a video of his talk at the ICMS - along with some inspirational words for budding mathematicians.

Events and activities organized by the SU

You can find the latest additions to the programme of events on the SU's BHM site under What's on section. To highlight a few opportunities that you may find of interest:

  • African and Caribbean Society in collaboration with the Tub invites students to celebrate Black History Month with a trivia night! ACS trivia night will take place on Monday 10th October at 6:30pm-10pm in the Tub. More details can be found here.

  • Webinar for Black Students with Join Toluwa. In this taster, interactive wellbeing seminar, Join will be exploring the Topic: ‘Am I Enough?'. This interactive seminar will be focused on what self-worth, self-love and self-confidence looks like for Black students, with practical tips and wellbeing techniques provided. Find more information and register here.

A workshop with SARI

We will be welcoming a local charity SARI (Stand Against Racism & Inequality) who will be hosting a workshop on Black mental health and wellbeing, with a focus on the effects on mental health caused by racial discrimination and what allies can do to show support and solidarity. The workshop is being organised between SARI and the Culture and Inclusion team for November to ensure events and activities are spread out and follow on from October across the rest of the year, with final date and timings to be confirmed shortly.

Investing in Ethnicity Resources

Race Equality organisation Investing in Ethnicity have provided some excellent resources for those seeking to build and improve upon their allyship. For more information on how to put allyship into practice, check their allies page for two videos on Being an Ethnicity and Race Ally and Microaggressions. These videos can be played on their webpage or viewed (along with other informative videos) on their YouTube page.

Celebrating BHM in Bath and North East Somerset

A number of exciting activities and events from stand-ups and concerts to West End shows and art performances will take place in various locations across Bath throughout October. Find more about the events and book your place here.

Black History Month Arts and Crafts Workshop

UPDATE: We are sorry to announce that the workshop on 19th October has been cancelled due to staff sickness. Further information and a rescheduled date will be available shortly.


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