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Student Rights

Black History Month

What is Black History Month and why is it important?

Black History Month is a national awareness month acknowledging the systemic oppression faced by Black people in Britain, it also works to celebrate different cultures and campaigns to improve current issues that disproportionately impact Black students. The theme for this year is "Time for change: actions not words". The month runs throughout the entirety of October. 

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15th September Update 

We've got a lot of activity planned for this month! 

We want to make sure all of our events properly reflect the experiences of Black students at Hallam, which is why all of our events are linked to the Degree awarding gap. The degree awarding gap is wider at Hallam than most the country, this means Black students are being disproportionately impacted in their studies to achieve worse degree results than White students due to institiutional & systemic racism. The gap is created due to a number of factors, a lot of which Hallam Students' Union cannot impact, but we have identified the factors we can influence and we're keen to take action. 

Capital is an important aspect of anyone's journey through their degree, this includes social capital, navigational capital, familial capital, linguistuic capital, cultural capital & aspirational capital. We have combined these factors, alongside student feedback & collaboration from our Officer team to make sure our events fully cater to Black students at Hallam. 

Black History Month Events
A lesson in black history on-demand series A Lesson In Black History Part 1 - Who We Are
4th October 1am - 31st October midnight
On Demand Content
All Events | Black History Month | Online/Virtual
PhDs & Black Student Experiences
18th October 3pm - 4:30pm
The HUBS (Stage)
Welcoming Black PhD students to talk about their experiences in academia, the processes of application & opportunities for other Black students.
All Events | Featured | Black History Month
5 Aside Tournament
22nd October 9am - 1pm
Collegiate campus football pitch
Sign up and come along with a team for our BHM 5 aside tournament!
All Events | Featured | Black History Month
Black Businesses Fair & Networking Event
25th October 11am - 3pm
The HUBs (Common Room)
Come along and meet a variety of Black owned & run businesses from around Sheffield. We'll be hosting them with stalls, where you'll be able to chat and learn from them.
All Events | Featured | Black History Month
Parenting in the UK
26th October 4pm - 5pm
The Common Room, 127-129 Devonshire Street
All Events | Featured | Black History Month
Afrobeats Night
28th October 10pm - 3am
Crystal Bar, 23-32 Carver St, Sheffield, S1 4FS
All Events | Featured | Black History Month
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Contact Us & Get Involved

Want to run an event around Black culture or for Black students? Want to run a campaign for another History Month? Get in touch with the Student Rights and Campaigns team.

Student Rights and Campaigns team can be contacted at studentrights@shu.ac.uk.

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