During October, students across Richmond upon Thames College (RuTC) celebrated the 30th anniversary of Black History Month. Students learned about the importance of celebrating black history in tutorial sessions that explored black history, culture and heritage.
“It is really important for us to mark Black History Month every year. It is a time where we can emphasise the importance of black participation and experience throughout history to our students,” said Cait Orton, Safeguarding and Equalities Officer.
A number of smaller events also took place in the college organised by RuTC’s Students’ Union. Students attended an open screening of the film 12 Years a Slave and created an exhibition showcasing influential and prominent black figures in the reception area of the college.
The Students’ Union continue to celebrate Black History Month in the lead up to Remembrance Day in November with a poster campaign raising awareness of unsung heroes of ethnic minority during British wars.
“I’m impressed with how engaged students are when it comes to celebrating difference. It’s great to see that our students recognise the knowledge, skills and experience that can come from learning about different backgrounds and how important it is to celebrate that,” commented Andy Jones, Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare Advisor.