At the University of Brighton, recognising and celebrating Black history is a year-round commitment. In October, however, Black History Month provides an extra boost for minority ethnic voices and the chance to question the status quo.
Since 1987, the national celebration has centred around community activism and challenging racism in British society. The University reflects this society, and as such it is committed to understand, challenge and dismantle racism and inequality.
This commitment permeates all we do. Professor Rusi Jaspal, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Exchange) and Race Equalities Champion, commented: “Inclusivity is one of our core values at the University of Brighton. We want everyone to feel that they belong to our community. We want to challenge inequalities where they exist. Our Race Equality Charter Award recognises our drive to challenge racial inequalities experienced by colleagues and students from a minority ethnic background and our clear and decisive plan for achieving inclusivity through lasting change.”
For Black History Month, the University will be holding online events throughout October covering subjects ranging from racism in video games and protecting wellbeing to the launch of its Anti-Racist Network. The events will give colleagues and students from any background and with any protective characteristic an opportunity to continue their learning journey by hearing from a fascinating series of speakers who will share their lived experiences and offer fresh insights.
You can find full details of all the events below – everyone is welcome. A an alumni or guest, please click this Microsoft Teams link below at the event time and the event organisers will admit you.
The University is proud of its diverse community, who continue to listen and learn from one another. However, being an ally involves taking action and lifelong learning about marginalised communities and intersectional issues. This is why everyone is encouraged to get involved in Black History Month, both through the core events and through their own private practice and department-level activity.
Black History Month 2022 events are listed below – join the Teams group to find more information and to take part.