Black History Month is an important time for reflection, education and solidarity. In October 2022, Oxford Brookes is proud to celebrate Black History and explore the theme of Wellness and Mental Health through a programme of dynamic, challenging and insightful events. These events will promote both physical and mental wellbeing and highlight the racialised contexts and experience of wellness in education and wider society.
Students, staff and members of the public are all invited to come together at these on-campus events, to learn, socialise and strengthen our community bonds.
The keynote lecture on Mental health, race and racism in higher education will be presented by Professor Jason Arday on Wednesday 19 October at 5.00pm, highlighting the context of race and racism in higher education, systemic racism and mental health.
The lecture will be followed by a panel session on Overcoming Barriers to Black Wellness, chaired by Nina Epelle, lead for the University’s BAME Staff Network, with Dr Reena Vohora from the Staff Diversity Network of the Oxford NHS Trust and Professor Laura Serrant OBE, Leadership Development and Inclusive Practice Specialist, along with members of the Student Global Majority Collective and Brookes academics.
You can register now for the keynote lecture and panel session. Explore the full Black History Month programme which includes a range of sport and wellbeing activities. Brookes Union is also hosting a wide range of We See Black activities throughout the month, which you can sign up for on the Brookes Union Events webpage.
You’re also invited to submit music suggestions to the Black History Month Spotify playlist for students and staff.