This Black History Month event marks the first of many events taking place at LSBU throughout the year. These will be delivered by EquiNet, the network for BME staff at LSBU, and London South Bank University Student Union.
11.30am – Registration
12pm – Welcome from Pro Vice Chancellor, Shan Wareing, Executive Sponsor of EquiNet
12.10pm – Poetic Unity. A young crew of poets from various walks of life perform thier work which centres around taboo subjects such as domestic violence and other hard to talk about issues. You can find out more information about Poetic Unity and the amazing work they do here. This will be followed by a Carribean style lunch where you will have the opportunity to meet the young artists and network with other attendees and stakeholders.
2.15pm – Panel discussion. This panel discussion will feature the following inspirational speakers who have contributed to the placing of race issues on to the political agenda.
3.15pm – Coffee break
3.30pm – Contemporary Black Identity and the BME Student Experience, LSBU students and LSBU Students’ Union members
4.30pm Summary by Professor Craig Barker, EquiNet’s sponsor is the Dean of Law and Social Sciences
5pm – Reception and refreshments with music from DJ Jez
6.30pm – Close
You will also have a chance throughout the day to visit our Enterprise Room where you will find stalls with exquisite hand-made jewellery and tailor made outfits/clothes.
For information about other events taking place for Black History Month at LSBU, please click here.
Speaker and performer biographies
Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu has been awarded various prizes for her work, notably the UK Department for Business Innovation Skills’ Women of Outstanding Achievement in Science Engineering and Technology award, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year 2012 and the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences Innovative Science Award 2016. Ijeoma was elected to the Controlled Release Society College of Fellows in 2013 and was made an Eminent Fellow of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2013. Ijeoma is the editor of three books, a named inventor on 11 granted patents and has authored over 120 peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Ijeoma’s research has been featured on BBC Woman’s Hour and The Guardian.
Dr Kate Donington joined the university recently. She specialises in Black history and is currently the co-curator of the ‘Exhibiting Race: Slavery, Culture, and Collecting’ exhibition at the London Dockland Museum which she will be discussing during the panel discussion.
Southall Black Sisters are a leading organisation for black and minority women and girls in the UK experiencing domestic violence. Meena Patel will be speaking on the work of Southall Black Sisters and BME women and immigration.
The Students’ Union will talk through its impact and plans representing and reflecting a modern diverse student body.
DJ Jez returns to close the BHM event day with his library of sounds celebrating the best of Black British music. He will also be exhibiting his paintings, t-shirts and various art/design ideas. All products are handmade and produced. Jez Jacobs is a multi-talented artist and DJ whose wall sculptures were featured in the London Road concourse when he was Black History Month’s artist in residence last year. His first residency in 1994, was at the Wlfredo Lam Galleria in Havana.