Black History Month


Western acknowledges and celebrates Black History Month, and encourages the campus and London communities to listen, learn and discuss.

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to host a number of events throughout February celebrating Black excellence. These events are free of charge, but advance registration is sometimes required. Please see event descriptions for more information. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Black History Month Events


DRUMS - Ngoma Ensemble

Feb. 2, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Location: Atrium of UCC

Shelly Jarrett

What We Deserve: A panel and powerful film on reparations

Shelley Jarrett
Feb. 6, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Unpacking Anti-Black Racism Workshops

Define anti-Black racism and related concepts
Feb. 7, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Chika Oriuwa

Diversity in Medicine: The Evolution of a Black Female Doctor and Advocate

Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa
Feb. 12, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Western staff grouped together for a photo

Black Faculty and Staff Luncheon

Dr. Opiyo Oloya & President Shepard
Feb. 15, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andrea Thompson

Empowering Women’s’ Voices: A Transformational Spoken Word Workshop with Andrea Thompson.

Andrea Thompson
UPDATE- Feb. 16 - CANCELLED due to weather conditions 

Michaëlle Jean

Speak on It, featuring Michaëlle Jean

Michaëlle Jean
Feb. 29, 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Black Excellence Book Collection

Explore this collection of books for self-reflection and education about Black history and the Black experience. Featuring titles from a variety of classic and Canadian Black authors.

Explore the collection