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Black History Month 2021

October is the start of Black History Month in the UK, running from the 1st to the 31st. At Coventry University Students’ Union, we are using this month to shine a light on the diversity of our Black student communities, as well as launching new projects that intend to make tangible change, not just during Black History Month, but far beyond it.

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October is the start of Black History Month in the UK, running from the 1st to the 31st. At Coventry University Students’ Union, we are using this month to shine a light on the diversity of our Black student communities, as well as launching new projects that intend to make tangible change, not just during Black History Month, but far beyond it.

This year, CUSU has a range of events, activities, campaigns and ways to be involved with Black History Month, in a aim to educate, inform, share and change. VP for Education, Obinna Okereke, has said ‘This year, we are celebrating BHM2021 with lasting changes to improve the educational experience and welfare of Black students and staff across Coventry University. We can’t wait to share with you what we have planned’

What is coming up?

As well as a series of celebratory events, plans for the month also include:

  • Amplifying Black Voices: We have launched our #ProudToBe student blog series, to amplify Black student voices on campus. We also have a series of exciting speaker events planned where we’ll be creating tangible actions around the themes of activism, mental health and the curriculum.
  • Black owned businesses and student enterprise: We’re working to support Black owned businesses in the community and on campus, which will see us launch a regular #BlackBusiness day on campus.  
  • Black hair and beauty on campus: We’re working to ensure that Coventry University has provision for Black hair and beauty on campus. We’re working with The MopShop to support Black hairdressers on campus, and we’ll also be working with the SU and university to sign the Halo Pledge, which ensures people are supported to wear their natural hair without discrimination.
  • Race and Privilege: Your Student Officers and Welfare & Inclusion Reps will be working to produce a series of student led training on privilege and microaggressions to tackle everyday inequalities and oppression, including launching our #BAMEOver? focus groups.

And more!

How can I get involved? 

The full line up of events and plans will be shared across the month, so be sure to check our website and follow @cusu.campaigns on Instagram to keep up to date.

You can find out more about Black History Month with CUSU, including events and details on our Black History Month pages:

Explore Black History Month

Want to be involved in Black History Month? From publishing your blog, to showcasing your work or student enterprise, we would love to hear from you. Email us now and let us know how you would like to be involved by clicking here.

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