Learning Black people’s history, celebrating Black excellence, and amplifying Black voices are essential to practicing meaningful allyship and are necessary steps in working towards health equity. As leaders and contributors in public health, there are endless opportunities to foster cultural awareness, highlight marginalized voices, and honour the impact that Black people have made and continue to make in Canada and in their communities. Black History Month provides context for the systemic racism that persists today, the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding, and embrace the value of diversity, which can lead us to enhanced cultural awareness and cross cultural competency. This way, appropriate care and innovative solutions can be provided to communities that need it the most.
This month and beyond, join us in engaging with the resources and events below.
- Find out what’s happening at UBC here
- Support Black initiatives and programs at UBC here
- What to read this month from the UBC Library
- Attend Black History and Heritage Day or donate to BC Black History Awareness Society
- Check out Black Community Market and support local Black businesses on campus
- Join Faculty of Medicine’s Office of Respectful Environments, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion panel that will provide space for important conversations about the experiences of Black members of the Faculty and the challenges they face to find belonging. Learn more here.
- Learn about the history and cultural significance of the ballroom scene at the intersection of Blackness and queerness at this event
- Celebrate the last day of Black History Month with an IBPOC Faculty and Staff Get Together