Liberation Months

An overview of all the liberation months we will be focusing on this year and why they are important.

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The Derby Union of Students looks to promote and celebrate inclusivity amongst the students studying at the University of Derby. And the liberation months are an important part of looking back on the history different demographics have had in the past, looking to the treatment they receive today, with the ambition to improve and celebrate their experiences in today’s day and age.

With collaboration between the Union and the University, different events will be happening throughout the year to coincide with the theme of that specific liberation month.

For 2023-2024, we will be focusing on six liberation months:

Black History Month – October

The month alone should be a point in which we raise the importance of black history but ultimately their history is our history.

There is so much untapped potential in the culture that many students bring with them, is by providing the means of a supportive space within the community, whether that be within the university or taking advantage of what the wider derby community has to offer.

My mission is to ensure that the underrepresented groups have that sense of belonging within Derby. There are so many voices that need to be heard here at the University of Derby and I am here to listen, amplify and create change together.

Owen Marques (Derby Union of Students President 2022-2023)

Disability History Month – 16th November to the 16th December

UKDHM 2023 provides an opportunity for all councils, service providers, education establishments, youth, play and sports organisations, health providers and employers to examine their approaches to disabled children and youth.

UK Disability History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month – February

LGBTQ+ History Month like many of the other history months, there’s an opportunity for us to both celebrate and reflect upon the value that diversity brings to us.

Neil Fowler (Associate Provost Learning and Teaching)

Women’s History Month – March

Presents an opportunity to celebrate the meaningful contributions that women have made throughout history. It encourages us to imagine a diverse and inclusive society that is equitable and free of prejudice, where difference is valued and acknowledged.

Dr Jo Bishton (Head of Equity, Inclusion and Wellbeing)

Faith and Belief Month – April

To raise awareness of the different faiths of our students and to normalize celebrating our different beliefs.

Derby Union of Students

Mental Health Awareness Month – May

Mental Health Awareness Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness and promote positive mental health and wellbeing. It is an ideal time for us all to think about mental health, tackle stigma, and find out how we can create a society that prevents mental health problems from developing and protects our mental well-being.

Jodie Gregory (Mental Health Awareness Officer)

Be sure to keep your eyes on the Union of Students website and social media, as they will be updated with the latest events, with news and information from the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Officers as well.