Events in 2020 brought into stark focus the need for change. Our programme for this year’s Black History Month focuses on showcasing the talents of black people, amplifying the voices of our black community and supporting students to become proactive allies.
All our events are open to all students.
African Caribbean Society (ACS)
Your wonderful society ACS Society will be running a variety of different events throughout the month.
You can join the society here, and can follow them on Instagram at @bathspaacs
Monday 5th October, 11am
Sign up here
Your Students' Union will be running the first Anti-racist Forum of the year during Black History Month. The forum will be an opportunity for us to come together and plan the action the Students' Union should take to create change and tackle racism at Bath Spa University.
We will continue running these forums once a month throughout the year. Below are the dates for the subsequent forums:
- Monday 2nd November, 16:00
- Monday 7th December, 11:00
- Monday 4th January, 16:00
- Monday 1st February, 11:00
- Monday 1st March, 16:00
- Monday 26th April, 11:00
- Monday 7th June, 16:00
Jacob Law: Fighting Racism with Art
Monday 5th October, 1pm
You can find the link here
Jacob Law is an artist and activist and the coach of our very own American Football Club; Bath Spa Bulldogs. Over recent months, his work has gained traction during the BLM protests. Find out more about art as social justice.
Monday 5th October, 2pm - 4pm
You can find the link here
Join other BAME students for an opportunity to meet others and express your thoughts and feelings in a safe, comfortable and inclusive space this Black History Month.
'Black Lives Matter in B&NES' Webinar
Monday 19th October, 5pm
Bath and North East Sommerset are running a webinar to hear young people's views. How you are feeling about recent events (George Floyd, the BLM movement etc, racism in our local area). What you would like to see happen in schools, colleges and other settings to increase awareness of racism and how to tackle it, and how there can be more opportunities to learn about black history.
The webinar will be chaired by Dine Romero, Leader of Bath and North East Somerset Council who will be joined by Kevin Guy, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Bath and North East Somerset Council and a panel of Young People, including your BME Equality and Campaign Rep, Darmonelle Johnson.
Sign up here
Mental Health among the Black Student Community
Tuesday 27th October, 5pm - 7pm
A discussion hosted by Oge Obioha, co-founder of Minds of People of Colour
This session explores Black identity at University, vulnerability, the strong Black woman trope, as well as how to support your Black friends and peers. The aim is to empower students with the tools to recognise and identify Black trauma, and healthy ways to navigate this through the violence presented during your years in Higher Education.
Thursday 29th October 1pm - 2:30pm
The link will be posted here nearer the date
On Thursday 29th October, we will be running a Decolonising Forum where we will have an open discussion about decolonising Bath Spa University. This event will be open for all students to attend and you can sign up using the link below.
Although this forum will be taking place during Black History Month we will be using the discussions as a starting point for making change. We will discuss terminology, what decolonising actually means and hear your thoughts on projects your Students’ Union could run and changes we can implement within your Students’ Union.
Black History Month Installation
We will be launching a Black History Month installation which will celebrate creative work from our black students, as well as black UK based artists. In November this project will be launched to stand as a reminder that Black Lives Matter beyond Black History Month. You will be able to find the installation in the Students' Union building on the wall by the staircase.
If you'd like to be involved in the project, please submit a piece of creative work to firstname.lastname@example.org. This can be your own work or a famous creative piece that inspires you. Examples of creative pieces could include poetry, art, photography.
The deadline is Monday 19th October at 10am.
Bath Spa University
Dr Jermaine Ravalier (Reader in Work & Wellbeing, Psychology) has created a packed schedule of great events throughout Black History Month, including live-streamed and pre-recorded talks with speakers such as Kelechi Okafor and Chante Joseph.
More information can be found here
A Message From Your VP Welfare and Community, Megan Robertson
We are here to represent you throughout your time here at Bath Spa. Your VP Welfare and Community will be working with your BME Rep (Darmonelle Johnson). If you feel like there is something we can do or change please contact me (email@example.com) . We are here to support and represent you, and make sure our black students have the best experience possible.