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This page will be updated shortly with further information and events for Black History Month 2022. For now, you can find out more about the University's Annual Lecture, along with events in the Mathematical Institute.

Title of Black History Month on a colourful geometric background.

October is Black History Month in the UK. This annual celebration promotes and celebrates Black contributions in British society, while also giving us the opportunity to examine and reflect on our history and commit to a better, fairer present and future. Originating in the United States in the 1920s and celebrated there in February, Black History Month came to the UK in the 1980s and has grown in scale ever since.

While it is important to mark Black History Month itself, the Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences (MPLS) Division’s commitment and actions aimed to support and celebrate Black mathematicians, scientists, students and professionals within our University communities and wider society goes beyond this limited timeframe.

Within the Division, we are striving for equity and inclusivity in everything we do. Our MPLS Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan (link to follow) commits to improving the experiences of our staff and students through ‘race’-specific as well as intersectional actions that are continually developed and refined. Our Beyond Boundaries project encourages Oxfordshire state school children to engage with the incredible research of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic researchers. We launched our Diversifying the STEM Curriculum project over the summer of 2021, which looks to diversify and decolonise the curriculum in specific STEM subjects. The second iteration of the project is completing this summer in 2022.

This programme of events and resources will be updated in the run up to Black History Month. If you would like to add anything, please let us know by emailing diversity@mpls.ox.ac.uk.

University's BME Annual Lecture

The University's BME Staff Network and Equality and Diversity Unit are hosting their annual lecture on Thursday 20 October, 5:30pm-7pm at Worcester College (also on livestream), where Dr Victoria Showunmi will discuss ‘Sophisticated Racism: Navigating the Terrain’. Find out more about the lecture and register online. 

Mathematical Institute Black History Month Events

October marks Black History Month and to start celebrations, we are live-streaming the Black Heroes of Mathematics conference taking place on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 October.

The conference aims ‘to celebrate the inspirational contributions of black role models to the field of Mathematics and Mathematics Education’ with a balance of technical talks by internationally renowned black speakers that include some detail of career paths and experience to provide a testimonial dimension.

We will be live-streaming the attached programme from Lecture Theatre 2 at the Mathematical Institute across both days.

In particular, we hope people will join us for a drink and slice of pizza in our Mezzanine from 17:00, before the panel discussion takes place at 18:00. Register for the Black Heroes of Mathematics reception.