ULethbridge celebrates Black History Month: Building a Culture of Authentic Inclusion: Moving from resistance to change
On November 18, 2021, the University of Lethbridge joined 40 universities from across Canada to endorse the Scarborough Charter — a commitment to eliminating anti-Black racism and advancing Black inclusion in Canadian higher education. In endorsing the charter, ULethbridge took a step forward in addressing social injustices of historically excluding marginalized voices by beginning its journey to creating a safe space for all.
Creating a safe and inclusive space consists of providing our students, staff and faculty the opportunity to not only celebrate but to honour a key part of our history.
On February 1, 2023, the University of Lethbridge will continue this work by celebrating Black History Month under the theme — Building a Culture of Authentic Inclusion: Moving from resistance to change. The month of February marks a historical moment of celebration for all Black people from Canadian, Caribbean and African Diaspora who have enriched our societies culturally, socially, politically and economically. By celebrating Black history, our University is creating another opportunity for brave conversations.
“By celebrating Black History Month, we as a community come together to learn and celebrate the numerous contributions that have been made by our Black students, staff and faculty at the University of Lethbridge,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, president and vice-chancellor. “It is also about being intentional how we make our campus truly a place where we belong.”
Vice Provost of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Martha Mathurin-Moe, adds the month of February presents one opportunity to learn more about Black history; however, we must continue our journey to fostering inclusive spaces for all. This year’s theme is really focused on creating an authentic sense of belonging.
“It is merely a starting point in recognizing the resilience and numerous contributions Black people continue to make to our communities, countries, and the world,” says Mathurin-Moe. “For this year’s celebration of Black History month, I encourage everyone, even after the month is over, to continue learning about the many scholars, innovators, cultural icons and activists who are pillars of Black Excellence and Black Joy in Canada and throughout the world. As we continue on our journey to build an inclusive campus and to celebrate the monumental positive impact of Black people on our society, join us for the opening ceremony of Black History Month on February 1, 2023, at 11 a.m. in the Science Commons Atrium.”