Black History Month at Brookes will go Beyond a Month

Friday, 30 September 2016

operation black vote

Throughout October, Oxford Brookes University will support Black History Month with a series of events and activities for students, staff and the local community.

For nearly 30 years, Black History Month has been celebrated every October in the UK, highlighting the contributions and achievements of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, which are often overlooked. 

At Oxford Brookes, the programme of events for Black History Month will be themed ‘Beyond a Month…’ to link with the development of the wider race equality agenda at the University and connect with the formation of Brookes’ BME Staff Network. 

Celebrating Black History Month gives the University a chance to celebrate the achievements of BME individuals and communities, inspire the next generation and support the University’s commitment to maximising the potential of all our staff and students.

Professor Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience, Oxford Brookes University

Pro Vice-Chancellor for Staff Experience and Chair of Brookes Race Equality Charter Mark Steering Group Anne-Marie Kilday said: “Here at Brookes we are proud of our diverse staff and student communities and I am delighted to invite all members of Oxford Brookes and the wider local community to join us in raising awareness across the University and beyond.

“Celebrating Black History Month gives the University a chance to celebrate the achievements of BME individuals and communities, inspire the next generation and support the University’s commitment to maximising the potential of all our staff and students.”

On 12 October, Founder and Director of Operation Black Vote, Simon Woolley, will deliver an open lecture titled Politics in Britain: Self-fulfilling prophecy. The lecture will look at the political events of 2016, including the EU referendum and the impact on communities, as well as political engagement from BME communities. 

Throughout the month and the rest of the academic year, a variety of events will be hosted at the University including film evenings, coffee mornings and cultural and student-led activities. 

On 26 October, The Oxford Brookes University Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team will pilot a lunchtime showcase highlighting some of the research, outreach and curriculum projects linked to race equality and BME success, led by staff at Oxford Brookes. 

More details about the Black History Month programme of events at Oxford Brookes can be found on the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion webpages.