As part of our Black History Month 2023 campaign The Students’ Union Presidents team proudly presented the 'Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame'.
As part of our Black History Month 2023 campaign The Students’ Union Presidents team proudly presented the 'Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame'. The project was led by our VP Societies and Communication Bethel Ekaette along with our 22/23 VP Education Lily Diyemowei. This special initiative is a heartwarming tribute to our students and staff, highlighting their remarkable contributions that make diverse and inclusive community. The theme for this year was ‘Celebrating our Sisters’ and the first eight members in the Hall were Black females.
Our VP Societies and Communication Bethel Ekaette shared: “We gathered to celebrate the exceptional achievements of our students and dedicated staff. The Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame ceremony was a kaleidoscope of emotions, from pride to sheer inspiration. As I walked through the adorned halls, I couldn't help but feel a profound sense of pride and admiration for the outstanding achievements of both students and staff. The air was filled with excitement and a shared sense of accomplishment. Witnessing individuals being honoured for their hard work and dedication was not only humbling but also incredibly motivating. It served as a powerful reminder of the remarkable talent and tenacity within our university. It wasn't just a celebration; it was a powerful reminder of the limitless potential that thrives within our university. I left that day with a renewed sense of pride in our collective accomplishments, knowing that these moments would continue to fuel the passion for success among our students and staff”.
The event commenced with an inspiring introductory speech from former VP Education, Lily Diyemowei, setting the tone for the celebration of culture and achievements. The symbolic ribbon-cutting ceremony followed, officially inaugurating the 'Hall of Fame.' This moment marked the beginning of our tribute to the remarkable contributions of our community.”
Our 22/23 VP Education Lily Diyemowei shared: “It was with great enthusiasm that I walked down the adorned Celebrating Culture Hall of Fame. The faces of all the Awardees and their loved ones beamed with excitement. It was a great honor to be appointed as the ribbon cutter for this year's opening ceremony. I am grateful that this project that I started was eventually launched and deserving staff and students from ethnic minorities who have contributed immensely to the University and the Community of Bristol were recognised for their hard work. This only shows the limitless possibility of what people can achieve in a diverse and inclusive environment. I look forward to the continuity of this amazing project.”
After the Hall of Fame event, everyone gathered in The Students' Union building for the exciting launch of the latest edition of the No More Silence Zine. Contributors had the opportunity to share their unique voices and stories, engaging the audience by speaking and reading from their contributions. It was a heartwarming and inclusive moment, celebrating the diverse voices and perspectives within our community.
The event's conclusion was marked by guests networking and savouring a delightful array of international cuisines, reinforcing the theme of unity in diversity. It left everyone with a sense of togetherness and appreciation for the diverse cultures that enrich our community.