Black History Month

As a university with a wonderfully diverse student population, Black History Month is an important part of our academic year. It gives us an opportunity to pause, reflect, learn, and broaden our understanding and challenge ourselves when it comes to the beliefs or knowledge we may have around black history and culture. Beyond October, our staff and students are encouraged and supported to seek opportunities to learn and explore Black History, as we know that understanding it is the first step in identifying and eradicating unconscious bias, calling out racism, being an ally and understanding the full meaning behind the Black Lives Matter movement.

This year, despite the restrictions on face to face events due to COVID-19, we are still hosting a range of engaging, varied and educational online events and initiatives for staff, students and schools throughout October.

Activist, rap artist and author Akala will be opening Black History Month at the University of Hertfordshire, and there are a variety of other events happening throughout the month including panel debates on legacy and overcoming barriers, and uncomfortable conversations, online art exhibitions, poetry reading, cookery classes, workshops and more.