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Coping with Racism: a Wellbeing Workshop for Black students

Venue: Online

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UPDATE: This is a repeat of the sold out event on 17 November 2020 and therefore open to new attendees only. This free online workshop is only for current students at Birkbeck who self-identify as black (African and Caribbean heritage). Please note that the same workshop is offered to current BAME Birkbeck students (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic or People of Colour) on Mon 1st February 2021 at 16:00-18:00 - please only attend 1 event.

Please respect this need for dedicated safe talking spaces when signing up.


These are challenging and tiring times, particularly with the attention on racism and Black Lives Matter, and the disproportionate effect of Covid-19 on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)* people.

This new online workshop is a chance for black students to:

  • explore the impact of racism on your life including your studies, mental health, and identity
  • share experiences and connect with others to counteract the feelings of isolation in hard times
  • think about ways you can improve your wellbeing and resilience when encountering racism

It will be a combination of a presentation from the facilitator and group discussion.

It will be facilitated by Ayan Ali, a member of the Birkbeck Counselling Service team who is black. This workshop is only for current Birkbeck students who self-identify as black (African and Caribbean heritage); please respect this need for dedicated safe talking spaces when signing up. 

There is a 10-minute cut off for late entry to avoid disruption and there will be closing reflections at the end; please ensure you can attend the whole session before booking.

This live workshop (not recorded) will be held on Microsoft Teams and the link will only be sent to students who have booked in advance on My Birkbeck events. You will need to keep your camera on so we can see and engage with each other, have a microphone, and find a private space so the group has confidentiality (earphones can help with privacy). It'll be a medium sized group so we can easily participate in one conversation, in an informal and supportive way. Racism is an emotional topic and self-care is encouraged. You’re welcome to join and just share what you're comfortable with in that moment.

If you have any questions, contact Jo or Ayan at


*The use of ‘BAME’ is used here but acknowledged as a problematic term because it doesn’t differentiate between these groups.

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