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Your Officer; Sharleen Zonke

I'm Sharleen Zonke your BAME Officer for 19/20.

The Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Community is a space to share your ideas, opinions and concerns about your student experience.

We organise events and campaigns, suggest policy, and do what we can to make Coventry University a better space for you.

The Community is also for students who want to be allies for the community, and it's entirely up to you how involved you want be. If you're passionate about making Coventry University a more inclusive space sign up to our updates to include Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Students content in your personalised news and emails.

Upcoming Events

BHM: Black Music Parties, Power & Discrimination of London's Past
1st October 12:01am - 24th October 11:59pm
The Horniman Museum, Lewisham
It was only in 2008 the police stopped asking event organisers which ethnic groups they were expecting to attend. Before then, it could be hard for venues to put on Black music events, find out about the amazing hidden histories that came from it...
BHM: Feeding Black - Community, Power & Place
1st October 12:01am - 31st October 11:59pm
Museum of London Docklands
Curious about the ties between community, food and culture? ‘Feeding Black’, a free exhibition curated by Aleema Gray, looks into the pivotal role of food in African and Caribbean businesses in south- east London.
Big Black History Month Quiz Challenge
14th October 7pm - 31st October 5pm
Online - Kahoot
BHM: River Tour - The Thames's Black History
23rd October 2pm - 5pm
Temple Pier Victoria Embankment London WC2R 2NS
3 hour cruise along the Thames from Temple to Greenwich and back showing the thousands of years of African/Caribbean history on display.
BHM: ARTiculate the journey
23rd October 5pm - 9pm
Everyone Everyday: The Warehouse, 47 Thames Road, Barking IG11 0HQ
Take part in an interactive and social painting event exploring the theme of ‘Journey’ this Black History Month! Vibe to music, get inspired with some spoken word, and have some fun painting and discussing the journey taken by Black people
An Audience With Coventry University Senior Leadership
26th October 10:30am - 12:30pm
SquareOne and Online
Make sure your voice is heard by university decision makers
BHM: LGBTQ+ Thought Leaders: Challenging public perceptions ft. Dr Ronx
26th October 5pm - 6:15pm
Dr Ronx is an emergency medicine doctor, a TV presenter ('Is Covid Racist?'), advocate & activist and inspirational speaker - that's just the tip of the iceberg, and they do it with their own very special flavour!
BHM Colonial Countryside: Exploring LBBD Manor Houses
26th October 7pm - 8:30pm
Eastbury Manor House and Valence House were once country houses with farmed estates. On the publication of new historic research, this talk will explore previous owners’ and tenants’ connections to colonial activity and the transatlantic slave trade.
BHM Trace Your African & Caribbean Roots
27th October 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Finsbury Library 245 St John St London EC1V 4NB
Trailblazing family historian Paul Crooks pioneered research into African Caribbean genealogy during the 1990s. He traced his family history from London, back 6 generations, to ancestors captured on the West African coast.
Coppafeel Fundraising Night: Design Your Own Tote Bag!
28th October 3pm - 5pm
Upstairs in the Hub, The Cafeteria
We are doing a design your own tote bag in the Hub for a small donation of £5 made when buying a ticket. Come along, get creative and support a great cause!
BHM: COVID and disproportionality and what does it mean for health disparities moving forward?
28th October 5:30pm - 29th October 7pm
Professor Kevin Fenton - London's Regional Director of Public Health & statutory advisor to the Mayor of London and the London Assembly talks about COVID-19 and it's disproportional effects on different communities health.
Mental Health and Wellbeing Focus Group
3rd November 2:30pm - 3pm
Meeting Room 2 (1.48), The Hub
Join the conversation and have your say on the mental health and wellbeing services offered at University.
BHM: Marvel - Stan Lee's Black History
12th November 6:30pm - 8:45pm
Stan Lee of Marvel comics often used used his characters and stories as commentaries on personal development, morals, US politics and Civil rights struggles. He also borrowed from Greek, Roman and African mythology to create his comic universes.
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Active Campaigns 20/21

Black Lives Matter

  • Develop and deliver training for staff & students to create an anti-racist campus.
  • Continue work to remove the attainment gap, and decolonise the curriculum.
  • Improve culturally competent care and support for Black Students at the University. 
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Black History Month

  • Empower and represent our Black Student community
  • Celebrate Black history, culture and the future of the Black Community.
  • Raise awareness to ensure that Black history is embedded into education.
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Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic Students News & Policy

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What's Going On This Week?

Here's a breakdown of what opportunities are coming up this week! Make sure you make the most of them, and we look forward to seeing you there!

International Womens Day, Women In Science

As part of our women in science series, hear from from Lauren Acton (Course Director for Undergraduate Biomedical Science at Coventry University) on why she is proud to be a woman in science!

International Womens Day 2021

It's Womens History Month here at CUSU - Throughout the month we'll be raising awareness of our Women Students campaigns, events & activities as well as celebrating International Womens Day on the 8th March. There is so much for you to get involved with throughout the month, and lots planned for International Womens Day too. Read on to find out more.

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Book Your Lateral Flow Test

As restrictions ease, we must Stay Safe. Book your asymptomatic rapid lateral flow test to help reduce the spread of Covid-19.

I Love My Staff Awards

A Student-Led Staff Award! This is your chance to recognise staff who have made a positive impact on your student experience.

Are you in your final year?

We are here to help!

This video features services that can help you as a final year student during the last half of your academic year and beyond.

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