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Black History Month

The Carleton University School of Social Work, in partnership with various community partners such as Equity and Inclusive Communities, the Institute of African Studies, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Black Student Alliance, Flo Seniors, Jaku Konbit, and Youth Ottawa, have hosted an annual Black History Month celebration that highlights Canadian diasporic African accomplishments and culture.

This celebration welcomes members of the wider Ottawa community to celebrate Black history and cultures. Attendees experience Black History through new experiences that will foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation.

While each year is different, past celebrations have included inspiring keynote speakers, storytelling, panel discussions, performances and experiential education, all in a family-friendly and accessible setting.

The School of Social Work’s Black History Month celebrations aim to create a space that supports culture change in the academic setting to assist African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) individuals in the Carleton community and wider Ottawa area to understand the complex nuances associated with diversity and inclusion. Particularly, both the School and the planning committee continue to create events that celebrate, monitor, maintain and build capacity within the ACB community. Most importantly, we would like to recognize and celebrate our Black students, faculty, staff, and community and provide a space that prioritizes them.