Here at Notre Dame we're fortunate to be part of Project Kaleidoscope, a UniConnect initiative that aims to celebrate the successes of Black African people in higher education in the UK, inspiring the next generation.
Many events have been organised through Project Kaleidoscope, including an online workshop called Explore History that 18 of our students participated in. The workshop ran for over two hours on 20 October 2020, opening with a Leeds Black History talk delivered by representatives of the Geraldine Connor Foundation. This was followed by a workshop focusing on the importance of reshaping the historical narrative to include Black perspectives, then a pre-recorded Black history walk from the University of Leeds, narrated live by the artist who curated it.
After that, our students watched a presentation from members of staff at Leeds City Museum who outlined the range of jobs available in the heritage and museums sector, and advised our students about the best work experience opportunities and educational routes into them. Finally, two students from the University of Leeds delivered a Student Life presentation followed by a Q & A session. Our students asked what to include in a personal statement, found out how to join clubs and societies, discussed the study-leisure balance, and heard how universities have adapted to safeguard students during the pandemic.
Our students were praised by the professionals who took part in the event for their high level of engagement and willingness to contribute and ask questions. We are very grateful they had the opportunity to participate.