Kingston University is marking Black History Month throughout October with a series of events curated by staff and students.
This year’s theme is Time for Change: Action Not Words. The emphasis is on the double burden black people carry in experiencing racism and discrimination, in addition to being expected to fix the problem themselves.
Organisers are encouraging everyone regardless of race to get involved, join in on the uncomfortable conversations, educate, support events – not only for one month of the year, but on a day to day awareness.
Kingston University’s inclusive curriculum consultants programme lead Tamara Reid said: ”This is the first year where the universities have been more active with events and are really stepping up.”
”The events are curated by staff and students, sharing knowledge, stories and experiences, whilst focusing on the work we want to do to help our Black students.”
Events for staff and students of the university included an online digital display reflecting on global engagement, climate change and anti-racist practice, a workshop on climate change through an anti-racist lens and a workshop on working together to address degree awarding gaps.
Reid said there were a number of changes going on daily. Which involved students at Kingston but also behind the scenes action. Including rearrangements to the curriculum to ensure it was diverse and inclusive to all.