What's happening this month?

Black Excellence Book Collection

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

Journey Together: Sharing Our Lived Experiences: A Support Group for Black and Racialized Students

Runs bi-weekly on Wednesdays, from 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, beginning on Wednesday, February 9 (with no session during Reading Week).

This is a virtual support group for Black and Racialized Students. This wellness group aims to create a safe and healing space to share race-related lived experiences including race-related stress, navigating environments, renewal and care.

Black is The New Black

February 15, 3-5pm (via Zoom)

How do you convey to the next generation that Black people’s mental health matters when we are surrounded by poor beliefs, such as stigma, which do not serve us as a community? 

This event will be held online via Zoom. Facilitated by Rose Tanaye, Mental Health Counselor and Raghad Ebied, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Education Coordinator at Western, Idunnuayo Ayodunni Alabi & Cordlyne Nwanko Black Student Association (BSA) Representatives.

DARAO Monthly Speaker Series Event: Honouring Black History Month

February. 15, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. (via Zoom)

Please join the Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing's Decolonization, Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression (DARAO) Committee at their upcoming event in recognition of Black History Month. Co-hosted with the Canadian Black Nurses' Alliance (CBNA) - Western Chapter.

Nature's Wild: Love, Sex and Law in the Caribbean with Professor Andil Gosine

February 18th 2022 via Zoom from 11am - 1pm

In Nature's Wild, Andil Gosine engages with questions of humanism, queer theory, and animality to examine and revise understandings of queer desire in the Caribbean.

Surveying colonial law, visual art practices, and contemporary activism, Gosine shows how the very concept of homosexuality in the Caribbean (and in the Americas more broadly) has been overdetermined by a colonially influenced human/animal divide.

Anti-Black Racism: Fostering Understanding, Compassion, and Appreciation

February 28, 2022 (via Zoom) 

During this interactive conversation, participants will gain insight into Culture, Racism, Anti-Black Racism, Systemic Racism, White Privilege and the impact microaggressions have on racialized communities. As we collectively explore and discuss these issues, we will examine ways to build a community that fosters understanding, appreciation and compassion. 

Celebrating Diversity - Discussing Black History Month and the current landscape in sport

Date of Release: February 28, 2022

For Black History month, the Western Mustangs will be releasing a new podcast as part of our Mustangs Report podcast series.

This video and audio podcast will be hosted by 2021 U SPORTS Coach of the Year Jeff Pacheco, Head Coach, Mustangs Women's Field Hockey; and will consist of a panel of guests including Mustangs student athletes, alumni and coaches, giving their perspectives on Black History and the current landscape in sport.

The Global Impact of Ghanaian Music through the Transatlantic Slave Trade

Feburary 28 at 11am via Zoom

The transatlantic slave trade was a devastating time in African history. Lives, families and many aspects of culture were affected. Students have an opportunity to look into this time in history focusing on the movement of music and the influence of Ghanaian music through this time. Ghanian music now lays the foundation of our modern music around the world stemming from this dark time in history. Students engage through discussions, questions and polls with Professor Kodzo Gavua as he brings to light the global journey of Ghanaian music and the impact on contemporary music today.

20 Years! Respecting the Past, Embracing the Present, Impacting the Future 

The London Black History Coordinating Committee will host the 20th annual celebration of Black History Month in February 2022. This will include performances, food events, discussions and much more.