Celebrating Black History Month at McGill

February 1, 2022

Dear members of the McGill community,

We are delighted to launch Black History Month 2022 at McGill. Acknowledging Black experiences and celebrating Black excellence is a year-round commitment, and Black History Month offers a particular opportunity to highlight, within a dedicated series of weeks, the amazing achievements and contributions of McGill’s Black students, faculty, staff, and alumni, as well as members of Black communities beyond our campus.

Throughout the month, events will honour and raise awareness about Black life, experiences, innovations, and scholarship. We truly hope you will take part. Notably, we invite you to join us this evening for our Black History Month Opening Ceremony, planned in partnership with the Faculty of Science. The event will feature a keynote address entitled Diversity within Psychology, delivered by Dr. James Jones, Trustees’ Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychological and Brain Sciences, and Black American Studies and Director of the Center for the Study of Diversity, at the University of Delaware.

Information about the Opening Ceremony and other Black History Month events, including registration channels, can be found at the McGill Black History Month 2022 website. We thank colleagues in the Office of the Provost who have brought tremendous energy and skill to the planning of the month’s activities: Shondra Mings, Karen Diop, and Antoine-Samuel Mauffette Alavo.

The celebration of Black History Month at McGill also offers us a chance to take stock of the progress we are making in the connection with our University’s Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism. As our first Annual Report on implementation shows, we have made strides to advance Black presence, inclusion, and success at McGill, while also building an understanding of anti-Black racism and developing sustainable and targeted measures to counter it. Still, we have much more work to do. We are most grateful to the Anti-Black Racism (ABR) Action Plan team, led by Professor Terri E. Givens, for leading and advising on these crucial efforts. At the same time we recognize that their hard work builds upon years of ongoing advocacy and contribution by groups such as the Black Students’ Network, the McGill African Students’ Society, and the Dr. Kenneth Melville McGill Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, to whom a debt of thanks also is owed from all of us.

Here’s to an excellent Black History Month 2022! We look forward to celebrating with you.

 

Professor Suzanne Fortier, Principal and Vice-Chancellor

Professor Christopher P. Manfredi, Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic)

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