Mary Makinde is a Lecturer in Forensic Investigation and the University’s BAME Strategic Lead for the Closing Our Gap Strategy group

01 October 2020

Christ Church launches campaign to dismantle racism and celebrate black history

This month marks the start of Black History Month, a time in the year to celebrate the contributions that members of the Black community make to society. 

This year, Canterbury Christ Church University is launching Closing Our Gap: Black History 365 (COG:BH365). Acknowledging the significance of October in celebrating Black History, the University will be running a year-long series of events, workshops and campaigns that will aim to raise black voices, educate on race and racism and build a community that celebrates diversity. 

COG: BH365 provides a strong opportunity to continue to prioritise the University's Closing Our Gap strategic commitments and an opportunity for the University community and wider communities to engage positively with Black history, act in the present and work towards building a better future for all by bringing staff and students from all racial and ethnic background on a transformative journey. 

Christ Church and Christ Church Students’ Union stand against racism and from October will be launching the IMATTER/Allyship campaign.  This campaign serves to shine a light on racial disparities in higher education, build a supportive learning and working community and recognise the importance of allyship and the role we each play in the dismantling of racism. 

Being an ally gives the opportunity to support individuals from the Black community and use your voice alongside theirs and not instead of.

Allies can make a pledge to show commitment to tackling racism and support a society that celebrates diversity.  

Allyship pledge:   

  • To Give respect to all regardless of race or ethnicity
  • To take responsibility for helping to create a positive and inclusive learning environment in which diversity is celebrated.   
  • To take positive action to prevent racial discrimination of any kind. 
  • To educate myself and others on race and racism  

The University will also be delivering Allyship online workshops for students and staff and is encouraging individuals to take part. Visit the website to become an ally and make a pledge.  

For more information on COG: BH365 visit the webpages.

Visit Closing our Gap: Black History 365 webpages for more information and to find out how to get involved.  

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