Please find below information about Equality and Diversity Events at Queen Mary.
Mental Health Awareness Week 2017
As part of Mental Health Week 2017, QMUL’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team will be marking the week with a series of workshops on its campuses, from 4 – 14 May 2017. The theme this year is surviving or thriving?
The aim is to encourage the QMUL community to talk more openly about the issues relating to mental health, as well as help people think about their own mental wellbeing.
The workshops are run by Innerspace, a meditation and personal development centre in Covent Garden, often referred to as ‘London’s oasis of calm and insight.’ Each session is designed to provide staff and students with an opportunity to learn more about ways to maintain their own mental health and wellbeing. They include how to Relax Your Mind at Your Desk, Self Esteem, Stress Less and Positive Thinking. Activities are free and open to all, pre-registration is required.
Thursday, 4 May 2017
• Relax Your Mind at Your Desk - Learn a meditation skill that you can use as you commute, at your desk and at home. Quick tips on how to de-clutter your head space and go from noise to peace. This session will include 2 or 3 guided meditations to help participants understand how to use the practise practically, Students’ Union Hub, Blomley 1 & 2, 12:00 – 12:45, Mile End Campus. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2017-tickets-33852677269
Friday, 5 May 2017
• Self Esteem - Step out of your comfort zone to bring out the best in yourself. Be a self-coach rather than your own worst critic to improve your mood, self-talk and communication skills, Joseph Rotblat Building, Room G.05, Charterhouse Square, 13:00 – 14:00,
Charterhouse Square Campus. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2017-tickets-33854795605
Thursday, 11 May 2017
• Stress Less - Take the stress out of your life. Keep calm and rise above it all. Explore strategies on how to slow down, have more work life balance and strengthen your stress response, Students’ Union Hub, Blomley 1 & 2, 13:00 – 13:50, Mile End Campus. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2017-tickets-33885126325
Friday, 12 May 2017
• Positive Thinking - Rethink challenges, think opportunities. Rethink problems, think solutions. Understand how to train your mind to shift your attitude and flip negative to positive, Garrod Building room 2.36, 12:30 – 1:10, Whitechapel Campus. To book a place go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mental-health-awareness-week-2017-tickets-33885495429
Help break the silence around mental health
Thursday 2 February 2017 is Time to Talk Day – a day when everyone is encouraged to have a conversation about mental health.
At QMUL, we want to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems. Time to Talk Day is run by Time to Change to help spread the word that you don’t need to be an expert to talk about mental health.
Time to Change is England’s biggest programme to change the way we all think and act about mental health problems and is run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness.
There are posters and top tips cards around campus, giving ideas on how to start your conversation.
We want everyone who works here to feel they can be open about their mental health, and ask for support if they need it, from the following:
- Occupational Health
- Workplace Options
- Rethink Mental Illness
- Time to Change Workplace films
Black History Month Celebrations 2016
October is Black History Month and QMUL will be celebrating the histories and culture of Black and ethnic minority communities with a comprehensive range of events.
Black History Month began as “Negro History Week,” which was created in 1926 by Carter G. Woodson, a prominent African American historian, scholar, educator, and publisher. It became a month-long celebration in February 1976 to coincide with the birthdays of historical figures Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. It was later adopted and celebrated in Canada and the UK.
Since its inception in 1926, Black History month has had an annual theme. The first ever annual theme was, "The Negro in History," but since then they have become more specific with successive US Presidents issuing national decrees with each year’s theme. The African American History Month theme for 2016 is "Hallowed Grounds: Sites of African American Memories “with the “The Crisis in Black Education” being the theme for 2017.
In the UK Black History Month was first launched in 1987 by Akyaaba Addai-Sebo of the Greater London Council (GLC). The GLC nominated October as the Black History Month, to coincide with the Marcus Garvey celebrations and London Jubilee. Black History Month soon spread to other UK cities such as Birmingham, Nottingham, Manchester and Bristol but unlike the United States, Black History Month in the UK is un-themed.
Black History Month, highlights and celebrates the hidden history and contributions of African and Caribbean individuals and communities both past and present. Although there is some debate as to whether it should include the contributions made by other communities. While others see it as a vehicle for having Black History incorporated into the educational system and view it as just important as European History.
To mark Black History Month:
- The Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team invite all members of staff and students to nominate a Black History Month Icon who inspires them and the role they have played in shaping their education,culture and contribution to society.It can be a teacher, political leader, religious figure, celebrity, fictional character, community activist, literary figures and corporate leaders.Please forward your nominations to: firstname.lastname@example.org. All nominations will be posted on the Diversity website during Black History Month.
- QM Pan-African Soceity, will host a Film Screeing of Frantz Fanon “Concerning Violence on Wednesday, 12th October 2016 from 18:00 -20:00 in Blomeley Room, Mile End
- Dr Reuben Loffman, will deliver a talk on Life under Mubutu at QMUL History society on Thursday, 20th October 2016 at 18:30 in Arts One Lecture Theatre, Mile End
- The Student Welfare Officer for Bart and the London is hosting a screening “Dear White People” in either the Griff or Garrod in Whitechapel. The time and date tbc
- Every Cook Can Govern: Documenting the life, impact & works of CLR James (120 mins), School of Politics and International Relations, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 from 18:00 to 20:30 in Arts One Building, Lecture Theatre.
- Ground will be playing Black inspired music throughout the month of October
- There will be a number of displays across campus of black icons though the passage of time
To find out more about Black History Month events happening in and around Greater London visit:
You can also visit the QM Diversity and Equality Facebook page:
For more information, please contact the Diversity team on email@example.com or 020 7882 5585/5519