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Oxford Brookes is proud to be part of the annual celebration of Black History Month, joining universities, schools, local authorities, voluntary organisations and employers, with a programme of events and activities to highlight the history and achievements of BAME communities and perspectives on BAME inclusion.
This year's events will all be streamed live on Zoom.
2 October, 6pm Oxford Brookes University kicks off with an artistic cultural performance in collaboration with Kuumbia Nia Arts, Unlock the chains collective and Euton Daley MBE. We aim to highlight, empower and educate students, staff and the wider national community. This event will explore performances from various backgrounds including a steel band, singers and spoken word to name a few.
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7 October, 6pm Let’s see how well you know your Black History. From Black inventions to Black music, it's time to put your knowledge to the test! Oxford Brookes University is delighted to be joined by Laure Loutala M’pala (Ladyboss), CEO and founder of AfroShow UK, and Amanda Selormey, Brookes alumna and former ACS president, as they host this one-of-a-kind quiz.
9 October, 12pm In 2019 Louisa founded BAME to Boardroom in order to follow her passion for working with businesses to develop Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) talent into leadership roles; building confident, focused, high performing, and diverse teams, which in turn impact on organisational culture.
13 October, 6pm Beyond Black History month aims to bridge the gap of conceptual ideas on diversifying Oxford Brookes University to providing real and definitive methods of creating actions on the following topics discussed. Students and staff are joined by Pro Vice-Chancellor of Student and Staff Experience, Prof. Anne-Marie Kilday and BAME Staff Network Chair, Lydiah Igweh.
14 October, 12pm Calling upon students, colleagues and researchers, this year we will be sharing projects, research, initiatives and community engagement activity. Staff and students will be invited to come along and learn about Brookes BAME academic staff. Open to academic staff and researchers including PhD students.
19 October, 6pm Join Zulum Learn the basic principles of African dance mixed with hip hop in this fun and energetic Afro-fusion dance class that will show you how to lengthen your body and extend your capabilities. A shaken introduction to working with West African dance from a modern perspective where the focus is placed on exploring the dynamic interplay between rhythm and movement.
28 October, 6pm The aim of this event is to create and enhance knowledge in personal finance using banking strategies and communicating new channels for students, staff and alumni of diverse backgrounds. This event aims to teach how to keep up with the latest financial trends to manage, invest, grow and create wealth.
28 January 2021, 6pm Redefining “BAME” as we celebrate renowned black figures who dare to [B]e [A]mbitious and [M]odel [E]xcellence highlighting their ambition and recognisable achievements. Hosted by Lydiah Igweh, we will be joined by the CEO, founder, and visionary of the iconic MOBO platform Kanya King, who displayed the drive and ambition needed to help take urban music from the margins of British popular culture to the heart of the mainstream culture, not just in the UK but around the world.
Please note: this event has been rescheduled to January 2021.
Self-Care Workshop - Keeping well at University
Windrush Anniversary Performance: Award-Winning Artist Scratchylus
Lunchtime Staff Showcase
Dr Kehinde Andrews
Afua Hirsch - Brit (ish)...
Anti-Slavery Day - Addressing Current Challenges in the Public and Private Sectors
Hidden Figures screening by Brookes Union and the Feminist Society
Cecilia Anim CBE - My journey from Ghana to RCN President
Dr David Ellis - Welcome Home: Narratives of Arrival from the Windrush generation
Jay Bernard - Surge: Performing and evolving a text in flux
This year marks the 50th year of race legislation in this country. This event will focus on the journey that the UK and race relations have taken. There are some commentaries that indicates that the UK has become post racial, this event will focus
on the future of race relations in the UK as well as understanding the intersectionality that interacts with race. Rob Berkeley, writer and activist has focused his work on equality and justice. In particular the areas of race/ethnicity, LGBT rights,
and the intersections between the two.