We celebrated Black History Month at the University of Dundee throughout October 2020, with a programme of events aimed to educate ourselves and reflect on the contributions, achievements and experiences of BME people among our staff, students and wider community. This provided us with opportunities to promote dialogue around equality, diversity and inclusion.
The University condemns racism and discrimination in all its forms. We are committed to an inclusive learning, research and working environment, to strong support for all of our staff and students, and to a fairer and more equitable society for all. In line with this commitment, the University will continue to identify and challenge institutional racism in all that we do.
The University recognises that we have much to do in tackling racial inequalities, and through our commitment to the externally accredited Race Equality Charter, we aim to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students within higher education. Supporting Black History Month across the University is one of the ways we will learn from the lived experiences of our BME community.
During Black History Month, we highlighted stories from some of our graduates and honorary graduates on our University Facebook page, to serve as inspiration for our community. Please do feel free to contribute to this feature using #UoDBHM
Six of our events were recorded. To view these events please look at the links below.
Dr Kenneth Baxter from the University's Archive Services takes a brief look in this video at the lives and work of two of the University's most distinguished figures from a BAME background, Walter and Angeline Kamba.
Living in exile after the imposition of minority white rule, in what was then known as Southern Rhodesia, the Kambas came to Dundee in 1969.
Walter took up a lectureship in the Law Faculty and Angeline joining the library team. During his time at Dundee, Walter rose to be Dean of Law, at the same time as playing a key role in the setting up of the modern Zimbabwe. Returning to their homeland in 1980, both played important roles in its life as well as carrying out work on the international stage.
Available online throughout October. Requires University of Dundee login.
Following the 2020 Black Lives Matter movement, activists have encouraged us all to educate ourselves. Black history, and anti-racist struggles are amongst the key issues raised by the protests. It is not enough to be non-racist, we have to be actively anti-racist.
The Library and Learning Centre present a collated list of resources. The Main Library Foyer will host a display of material from the Black Lives Matter reading list throughout Black History Month.
Images via LibraryThing For Libraries.
Available online throughout October
What I am Reading Now… is the online iteration of a printed column, of the same name in Cooper Gallery’s occasional periodical &labels.
This ongoing online iteration of What I am Reading Now… is influenced by the global political movement Black Lives Matter and invites Black practitioners and practitioners of colour to share, with a preface, a selection of five readings that are shaping their current thinking, research and practice.
Thursday 1 October 2020, 16:00-17:00
The University of Dundee's first Race Equality Charter Champion and DUSA's Vice-President Academia launched the University's and DUSA's 2020 Black History Month programme. Professor Hari Hundal and Martha Umeh Ude-Eze shared their personal experiences of race in Scotland, followed by a discussion about race equality and the University's endeavours to achieve the Advance HE Race Equality Charter.
This was a thought-provoking event, facilitated by Pamela Milne, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.
Friday 9 October 2020, 17:00 for an hour or 90 mins
Tune in to our Instagram Live session with our very own Dundee Graduate to learn more about her experiences as a BME student in Dundee.
Organised by DUSA.
Thursday 15 October 2020, 18:30-19:30
The exhibition runs until 31 October 2020
Hosted by Susan Mains (Geography, University of Dundee) and Sam Walker (St Andrews Preservation Trust Museum) this event provided a unique virtual tour of the current Moving Jamaica: Scottish-Caribbean connections and local-global journeys exhibition. It included short film introductions by the photographers Varun Baker and Stephen McLaren followed by a live Q&A discussion.
View the recording of this event (requires Facebook).
Credit photo: Stephen McLaren, Jamaica - A Sweet Forgetting, 2015
Friday 16 October 2020, 14:00-15:30
While decolonising the curriculum can mean different things, it includes a fundamental reconsideration of what the subjects are being taught, how it is taught and who teaches it. But the campaign for decolonising the curriculum still faces scepticism and resistance.
Professor Fiona Kumari Campbell and Dr Fernando Lannes Fernandes examined why oppressed indigenous voices and experiences need to be a central aspect of the curriculum and why this is important to today’s learners. Both Professor Kumari Campbell and Dr Fernando Lannes Fernandes are 'biracial' academics working within the School of Education and Social Work. This event was chaired by Dr Richard Parsons.
Am I Enough - Seminar with Toluwa Oyeleye
Wednesday 21 October 2020, 15:00-16:30
TEDx speaker and Wellbeing coach, Toluwa has spent most of her professional career working with young people around the world, enabling them to make transformative changes in their personal and professional lives as well as their communities.
This interactive seminar focused on what self-worth and self-confidence look like for students of colour. This event organised by DUSA covered three key themes: self-confidence, self-worth and self-love, providing practical tips and wellbeing techniques.
The seminar was a small, intimate online workshop. It provided a space where we can discuss openly, without judgement and without hesitation. We came together to learn, to share and most importantly to reflect.
Thursday 29 October 2020, 16:00-17:00
At this event Dr Dumiso Moyo and Dr Vincent Onyango, from the School of Social Sciences, shared their lived personal experiences as African black academics in higher education. Dumiso and Vincent reflected on the different stages in their careers from postgraduate student to Lecturer, and the barriers they face in academia.
View the recording of this event on our YouTube channel.
Thursday 29 October 2020, 19:30 - 20:30
In light of the recent growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, this event reflected on how racial inequality presents the world of dentistry with us! This live webinar was an engaging conversation about race, dentistry, and personal experience.
We were joined by four wonderful panellists who will share their thoughts and experiences on how they got to where they are today and how their race might have affected their career.
• Dr. Yewande Oduwole, winner of the 2020 dental student of the year award. Who discussed her experience from applying to dental school to graduating
• Dr. Mide Ojo who is a successful business owner and cosmetic dentist. Who shared his expertise on owning a business and climbing up the career ladder.
• Chinwe Akuonu who is currently in her last year of study.
• Dr Bolaji Ajose-Adeogun who is also a recent graduate from Dundee dental school.
Friday 30 October 2020, 12:00 - 13:00
The University of Dundee Women in STEM Society hosted an outstanding lineup for the Women in STEM panel celebrating Black Excellence. We had discussions with our striking panellists - Fai Johnson, Stephanie Anani, Theresa Tachie-Menson and Gloria Adebayo, facilitated by Skye Kirwan. You can find out more about the University's Women in STEM Society here.