Breaking new ground for Black History Month

We are proud of the valuable work that our young alumnae are doing as part of Black History Month 2020. Here are just some of the initiatives they are involved with:

Sigourney Bell (Class of 2009) is a 2nd year PhD student at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, University of Cambridge, focusing on treating paediatric brain tumours. She is passionate about STEM outreach and providing visibility for young Black students who want to pursue STEM subjects. She is also the co-founder of Black In Cancer,  an organisation which aims to strengthen networks and highlight black excellence in cancer research and medicine. Black in Cancer Week runs from 11 – 17 October:

This period has seen the beginning of critical changes for the Black community and it is so important to continue this momentum. This time is about acknowledging and celebrating the contributions that Black people have made to the UK, which can often go unnoticed.

Young Sportswoman of the Year jockey and engineering student Khadijah Mellah (Class of 2019) @khadijah_mellah took part in Share the Mic UK on Instagram #ShareTheMicUK , taking over the Instagram account of Lucy Yeomans @lucy_yeomans, Creator and Founder of DREST, previously Editor-in-Chief of Net-a-Porter and editor of the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar UK. They are two of 140 women participating in this initiative that sees prominent black women take over the Instagram accounts of white women for a day, in order to amplify black female voices and work across their platforms. Other pairings have included June Sarpong and Victoria Beckham.

As part of Pinterest’s Black Gold events for Black History Month, entrepreneur Bianca Miller- Cole (Class of 2010) will sharing her insights on how to use platforms & voices for impactful change on 14 October at 11.00am Recognising the Impact of Black Entrepreneurs. The full event line up can be found here

Bianca has also launched the Black Business Scholarship Fund, details of which can be found here

We will be adding to this news story as Black History Month progresses. If you are an alumna and have a story about Black History Month to share, please do get in touch  

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