NTU celebrates Black History Month via an educational program

NTU celebrates Black History Month via an educational program

 October 24, 2022

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Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of the successes and achievements of the Black community and a time for recognizing their impact in society.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) community proudly supported Black History Month by hosting commemorative events and activities open to students and staff. NTU also shared its educational resources with staff and students as part of its commitment to reinforcing its focus as an anti-racist institution.

Black History Month activities 

NTU hosted a varied program of Black History Month activities hosted by individuals and groups across the university community:

  • Nottingham Trent Students’ Union (NTSU) hosted Black Futures events. NTSU are firmly committed to sustaining a highly effective learning and working environment characterized by fairness, equality of opportunity and the valuing of diversity. In particular, NTSU's African Caribbean Society aims to educate and unite diverse students from NTU and the University of Nottingham, and The New Black Society strives to bring together a community of like-minded people with a progressive mentality to succeed in the face of adversity.
  • Nottingham Law School reached out for personal narratives from students, staff and alumni of NTU for a research project, asking: What does Black History mean to you? Which are the key events in Black History? Who are your Black Icons? Who has inspired you? Contributions made by students, staff and alumni are to be used to build a living history exhibition and to inform a Black History event.
  • NTU asked students and staff to vote for their most inspiring black scientist such as Alexa Candy and Zahar Hadid.
  • NTU curated a bespoke NTU Black History Month playlist on Spotify, and encouraged the university community to add their own suggestions to the list.

A year-round commitment to equality 

NTU understands that Black history experience is not limited to one month each year, and so the University commits to working year-round to host a diverse program of events and resources to help create a more equal future for everyone.

Empower students to become leaders

NTU's Black Leadership Programme is a collaboration between the University and its Student Union. The programme is designed to empower students to gain confidence and become resilient leaders through a series of hands-on events and community-building activities. Successful applicants get access to valuable events and opportunities, building the skills to become effective leaders. 

A strategic approach to inclusion

NTU is also dedicated to working to strategically advance equality, diversity and inclusion, and to support a culture of engagement underpinned by respect.

The University holds and is continually advancing its work in the Race Equality Agenda, Athena Swan Bronze Award (gender equality), Stonewall Diversity Champion (LGBT) and as a Disability Confident Employer.

Developing self-education resources

The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) team recognize that learning is vital to ensuring that students and colleagues understand and are equipped with skills and competence to support inclusion and fairness.

A dedicated space for self-education resources has been developed for the NTU community to benefit from. This online platform features educational videos, information articles, recommended reading lists and more, encouraging students and colleagues to continue to make informed decisions and continue to make an active contribution to making NTU an inclusive environment for all.

NTU staff have access to an Anti-Racism and White Privilege learning module as part of staff's essential learning, with an Understanding Racism learning module available to all NTU students. Both offer the opportunity to explore and build an understanding of what racism is and how it can be positively combated.

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Nottingham Trent University is committed to sustaining an inclusive learning and working environment, which is enriched by diversity, values differences and promotes fairness, respect and equality of opportunity.

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