Black History Month statement

A message from Vice-Chancellor Professor Martin Jones and our Students' Union

'Black History Month' written over red, yellow and green brushstrokes on a black background

Staffordshire University is committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves

As Black History Month comes to an end, Staffordshire University and Staffordshire University Students’ Union are proud to celebrate and raise awareness of black history.

Black History Month gives everyone the opportunity to share, celebrate and understand the impact of black heritage and culture. It recognises the contribution and achievements of those with African or Caribbean heritage and is also an opportunity for people to learn more about the effects of racism and how to challenge negative stereotypes.

Of course, raising awareness and celebrating culture is not limited to a single month in the calendar. Across our University we are committed to promoting and enabling a positive culture where staff, students and visitors are confident to be their authentic selves.

The University and the Students’ Union focus on inclusion to ensure equality of opportunity for all our people and to demonstrate our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Human Rights.

There are a wide number of opportunities for you to get involved in Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and help us to further develop this important agenda.

As the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, once said: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

As a united front, the University and Students' Union stand together to state that racism and discrimination will not be tolerated, and we will continue to provide an environment where staff and students from all backgrounds can have their voices heard.

We need to treat everyone with respect and live our values of being fair and inclusive, curious and daring, innovative and enterprising and ambitious and inspirational.

We need to all work together to make the world a better place - and be #ProudToBeStaffs.

*If you would like to know more about how we celebrate Black History Month and other EDI events, please contact our Head of EDI Ravinder Kaur and the elected Officer team at the Students’ Union.

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