Upcoming Black History Month events focus on mental health

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According to Brock Human Rights and Equity Office (HRE), there is a raging silence when it comes to conversations around mental health in the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) community. However, this year’s Black History Month event list at Brock aims to change that behaviour and actively attempts to address stigmas around these sensitive topics.

Human Rights and Anti-Racism Advisor Kattawe Henry will host most events organized by the HRE. To honour Black History Month (also called African Heritage Month), other departments across the institution will organize their events as well.

Over the course of the month a number of events will be held across campus. Some of these events are:

A discussion group that will be hosted by Brock HRE to encourage BIPOC communities to talk about racism they encounter both on and off-campus. The group dissects the effects of racism on mental health. The discussions at the event will inform HRE with valuable insights to improve the campus environment for BIPOC. The event will run on February 27, March 17 and April 7. The event requires pre-registration and is open to the campus-wide community. To register, email Kattawe Henry at khenry@brocku.ca.

Brock HRE will focus on sexual violence from the BIPOC perspective in this month’s iteration of their Sexual Violence Support Certificate. The event will take place on February 25 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in ST 108. To register for this event, faculty, staff and students can visit the event list of Brock HRE on ExperienceBU.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Isaac’s Bar and Grill, Brock HRE will be hosting their Black Social Dinner. The event seeks to provide an opportunity for BIPOC students on Brock’s campus to gather, eat and socialize in honour of Black History Month. This is exclusively open to the BIPOC population on Brock campus. The food served will be from a black-owned business. The night will have multiple events, including trivia games and a Jamaican Patty Sale. Anyone interested must reserve their free tickets through the Eventbrite page. Any questions regarding the dinner should be forwarded to Henry at khenry@brocku.ca.

The BIPOC Boxing Classes, announced during Pride week earlier this year, will include intersectional Queer and Transgender People of Colour (QTPOC). This event is also hosted by HRE and will consist of two classes, both to be held at Walker Sports Complex Fitness Studio on Feb. 12 and on Feb. 26 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Interested students, staff and faculty, can register on the event page on ExperienceBU.

Students can find a complete and up-to-date list of events to take place during the month on ExperienceBU. Members of the Brock community who desire to organize an event, discussion panel, exhibition, etc. on behalf of their faculty or individually can do so and publish the event details on ExperienceBU.brocku.ca.

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