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Monday 21 October 201916.30 to 18.30

In 2014, UCL and Student Union held an institutionally seminal event called ‘Why isn’t my professor black?’. Five years later, we are going to ask, how much progress has UCL made on race equality? What has improved, what has stayed the same, and what do we need to do next? We welcome students and staff from all roles from across UCL to share their thoughts and experiences.

This highly interactive event will be an opportunity to help influence UCL’s future direction and priorities on race equality.

This event for UCL staff and students has been organised by UCL’s Race Equality Steering Group. It marks Black History Month 2019 and will be chaired by Ms Sandy Ogundele, Students' Union UCL BME Student's Officer.

Speakers include:

  • Professor Ijeoma Uchegbu, Provost's Race Equality Envoy
  • Dr Mike Sulu, Co-Chair, Race Equality Steering Group
  • Dr Kamna Patel, Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) The Bartlett
  • Ms Paulette Williams, Head of Student Success Projects
  • Ms Nilisha Vashist, UCLU Women's Officer
  • Professor Michael Arthur, UCL's President and Provost

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Black Futures

We must act in the present to make our future what we want it to be. ‘Black Futures’ asks us how we want to move from surviving to thriving. ‘Black Futures’ asks us to reclaim history for ourselves… because history is political and so is our future.

What is the BME Network

The Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Students’ Network is a place of support, acceptance and activism. This year we’ll be running the Decolonising UCL campaign, working to close the BME attainment gap, supporting the fight for free education by resisting changes to higher education that hit BME students the hardest and fighting for free crisis accommodation for students in need.