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Welcome to another issue of our Black History Month 2021 circular. We hope you enjoy!
UPDATE
Last  week the ICH Race Equity Group held its resilience workshop, which took a look at tools we can employ to help deal with our day-to-day struggles. We want to say a big thank you to all those who attended and an even bigger thank you to those who opened up to share their experiences of being an underrepresented group working at UCL.

We felt it would be remiss of us not to try and address these points raised, so we are now planning a follow up event which will dig deeper into those experiences shared, in an attempt to find some kind of resolution or plan of action to help us all move forward positively with renewed strength.
 
In the workshop, Loleta Fahad shared her personal experiences and some of the ways she has been able to overcome some of the difficulties being the only person from an underrepresented group in the workplace. Loleta and her team at Organisational Development provide much needed support and guidance to UCL staff and students by way of training courses, careers advice, counselling, mentorship and more. To engage with their service, contact them at od@ucl.ac.uk. Find out more about Loleta in the 60 secs with... section of the circular.
Just in case you missed it!
Check out our panel event if you haven't done so already.

Be Inspired

Words that can change your world

“Life is not a spectator sport. If you’re going to spend your whole life in the grandstand just watching what goes on, in my opinion you’re wasting your life.” 


Jackie Robinson
 

Spotlight on...Sir Lewis Hamilton MBE

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/motorsport-news/lewis-hamilton-knighted-2021-new-year-honours


Lewis Hamilton embodies the words "History in the Making"

 
Hamilton began his Formula One racing career in 2007 when he became the first driver of African descent to race in Formula One. Born in Stevenage on 7th January 1985, he started his journey towards greatness when his father, Anthony Hamilton, started him racing remote control cars as a way of keeping him entertained. Hamilton displayed a natural talent and began winning the remote control championships competing against adults at just aged six. His father, recognising this, moved Hamilton into karting. Karting being a very expensive sport required Anthony to work four jobs in order to keep up with the ever increasing cost.
Following many successes junior karting at aged 13, Lewis was signed by Maclaren and he joined their young drivers programme. His journey to this point and beyond was not without its struggles: being both bi-racial and not so well off meant he was fighting an uphill battle, but he faced the challenge head on. The single-minded determination to be the best paid off and in 2007 Lewis began his rookie year as F1 driver for Maclaren joining two times world championship winner Fernando Alonso. From the moment the season started, it was very clear that Lewis Hamilton was a force to be reckoned with and although he did not win the championship, he had asserted himself as one to watch. That same year he won Sports Personality of the Year - an honour he would win again in 2008, 2014 and 2020.

In 2008 Hamilton won his first championship, becoming the youngest driver in history to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix World Championship, a title he still holds to date. Later that same year he was knighted by the Queen. His career continued to grow from strength to strength with him winning championships in  2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020, equalling Michael Schumacher for Championship titles. In 2021 Lewis made history once again when he won his 100th race. He also holds the title for most poles at 101, the most podium finishes at 171 in the sport, and is the highest paid F1 driver to date. 

With the increased coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement, Hamilton found his voice as an activist for equality and diversity in the sport, and began to share more about his story as the only black driver on the field. In 2020 WeRaceAsOne: F1 drivers unite to end racism was launched with F1 drivers making a collective statement of solidarity against racism and inequality.
This year Hamilton launched charitable foundation Mission 44 to support underrepresented groups in the UK to succeed. It aims to narrow the gap in employment and education systems, through partnerships, collaborations, grant giving and advocacy.

In addition to this, Hamilton in partnership with his current team Mercedes have set up an initiative called Ignite which focuses on increasing representation from diverse backgrounds in studying STEM and engineering subjects in addition to the wider industry.

Hamilton like many other sports personalities is using his popularity, success and influence to shine a light on the injustices faced by underrepresented groups, contributing to the struggle for change in a very profound way. 

 Image: https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/article.the-goat-our-writers-on-whether-hamilton-is-the-greatest-if-2020-is-his-best.30xwnmTEv2CAkuUOgNqwQe.html
Image: https://f1i.com/news/384838-hamilton-named-among-time-100-most-influential-in-2020.html

Did You Know?

Dana Asher-Smith British sprinter is the fastest British woman in recorded history. July 2015, she became the first British woman to legally run under 11 seconds for the 100 metres.
Colin Ray Jackson, CBE (born 1967) is a Welsh former sprint and hurdling athlete who specialised in the 110 metres hurdles. During a career in which he represented Great Britain and Wales, he won an Olympic silver medal, became world champion twice, World indoor champion once, went undefeated at the European Championships for 12 years and was a two-time Commonwealth champion. His world record of 12.91 seconds for the 110m hurdles stood for over a decade and his 60 metres hurdles world record stood for nearly 27 years.

60 Seconds with
Loleta Fahad

Tell us about yourself!
I’m the Head of Career Pathways, based in OD and have been in this role since 2019. The role involves working with a wide range of Professional Services staff across UCL to map out Career Frameworks, which provide staff with clear and accessible information that will allow them to identify routes to development, while planning their personal and career development. I’m also responsible for updating the Appraisal process, Ways of Working, Mentoring, Apprenticeships and Talent Management.
 
I joined the Institute of Education in 2004, we merged with UCL in 2014, so my combined years of service tops out at more than 16 years…
 
If you were offered the trip of a lifetime where would you like to go and why?
A trip on the Orient Express! The destination is unimportant because I just want to ride on the train. I love the décor and the way the carriages have been restored.

What is the first record you ever bought?
It was Michael Jackson’s album, Off the Wall, and it was a tape cassette!
 
If you could give your younger self some advice, what would it be?
Stop trying to hide at the back of the class. You’re too tall to get away with that and you have ideas to share.
 
What is your guilty pleasure?
Gogglebox!
 
What is the most dangerous thing you have ever done?
Go Ape at Battersea Park!  For somebody who’s afraid of heights, believe me that was a dangerous thing to do, and I went back a second time – don’t ask me why though…
 
If we were to open your fridge right now, what would we find?
Not a lot because my shopping is due to be delivered tomorrow!  Fruit juice, ham, eggs, cheese, some vegetables.


Thank you Loleta! 

Food Lovers

Delicious recipes from Africa and the diaspora

Ghana Sweet/Sugar Bread

Nothing beats a thick cut slice of this fresh from the oven with a huge dollop of butter. 

Ingredients

  • 2.5 Cups Unbleached Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar 
  • 1 Cup Butter
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 Tbsp Yeast
  • 1 Cup Lukewarm Water
Method
  • Boil one cup of water for a few minutes or until lukewarm and add the salt and a tbsp of honey then add the yeast. Let it sit between 5-10 minutes or until it reacts, it should grow in volume and become foamy.

  • Pour the the flour in a big bowl and add the nutmeg.

  • Add the butter, milk, egg, water and mix well. Knead for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic.

  • Shape into a loaf and place it in a greased baking dish, cover it up and let it sit for about an hour so it rises.

  • Place in a 350 degree Fahrenheit pre-heated oven and bake for about 45-60 minutes until it is golden brown.

Recipe taken from Simple African Meals

Keep Exploring
Read, Watch, Listen

Read...
‘Why We Kneel, How We Rise’ By Michael Holding, the former West Indies fast bowler and cricket commentator. Holding expands on the game-changing distillation of the Black Lives Matter movement that he delivered live on air, in this powerful, eloquent work which combines Holding’s own testimony about racial abuse with thoughtful interviews from across the world of sport.   
Watch...
The Price of Protest on Amazon Prime TV
A simple gesture turned football player Colin Kaepernick into the most controversial athlete of our time. In 2016, he kneeled during the national anthem before an NFL game as an act of protest against police brutality. His gesture triggered a heated debate about racism and national identity. The film tells the story of the divisive quarterback and how he became the icon of a protest movement.
will.i.am: The Blackprint on ITV player.
will.i.am explores what it means to be Black and British, meeting civil rights heroes, inspirational schoolchildren and tech trailblazers, and looks at present-day struggles.
Listen...
The Black Athlete by Louis Moore and Derrick White, historians who discuss the history of the black athlete in a contemporary conversation, available on Apple Music and Spotify.

What's On
News & Events

Monday 4 October - Friday 26 November 2021
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2021 – HONOUR, REMEMBER, INSPIRE

Zari Gallery is proud to present an exhibition featuring British and International Black Artists in celebration of Black History Month.
Sunday 7 November
Theatreland Black History Walk
Explore the hidden history of African presence in the West End's theatre district. With a recent explosion of Black productions since the events of 2020, we investigate and expose how far back the African/Caribbean presence on stage goes, who the performers were, where they appeared, audience reception and the racial climate at the time.
This circular was put together by from Terrie Fiawoo ICH Population, Policy & Practice Research & Teaching Department

Editor: Francesca Cavallaro & Laurette Bukasa

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