Celebrating South Asian Heritage Month
What is South Asian Heritage Month?
South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) is an annual awareness month that runs from 18 July to 17 August each year.
Since it's launch in 2019, the month has focused on commemorating the cultures, histories and heritage of people with roots in the South Asian countries of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan.
Along with providing learning opportunities for others, the month enables people of South Asian heritage to reclaim their identity by sharing personal stories and experiences.
The 2023 theme is ‘Stories to tell’ and is about celebrating the stories that make up our diverse and vibrant society.
Exploring the 2023 theme
A few words from Dr Humaira Khan, Associate Dean EDI, Faculty of Life Sciences.
The theme of 'stories to tell' seeks to explore the hidden histories that we do not address enough. This includes the emergence of dual and triple heritage identities because of exile and migration, disruption of social and cultural networks by the journeys of the Empire and the dispersal of South Asian communities across the world.
Whilst reflecting on the experiences of the South Asian community, it is imperative that we not only think about the plethora of contributions to science, business, medicine, the arts, academia, politics and sports. We also must think about how the histories of the South Asian community have lasting effects on future generations.
This year, the University will be organising several events to celebrate, mark and commemorate the month. We encourage all our staff and students to participate fully and join us in learning new things about their colleagues and peers who are of South Asian heritage.
Punjabi Roots Academy
18th Jul 2023, The Atrium
Bradford based dance and live music group; Punjabi Roots will be opening Graduation ceremonies with live traditional Punjabi drumming.
Bussing out exhibition
12:30pm-2:00pm in Gallery II, Chesham Building on Wednesdays throughout August 2023
Bussing Out refers to an educational policy impacting South Asian, West Indian and African children who migrated to Britain in the 60s and 70s from former British colonies. More details can be found on the Bussing Out exhibition page.
SAHM Fishbowl event for staff and students
Wednesday 8th November 2023 1:00pm-2:30pm
As part of our programme, we have organised a Fishbowl discussion between staff and students who identify as South Asian and Executive Board (EB) members.
The aim of the event is to create an atmosphere for a facilitated conversation and reflection focusing on the lived experience and issues affecting South Asian staff and students at Bradford.
We will have the chance to listen to our collective lived experiences, to highlight and begin to address systemic barriers to inclusion in academia. The event is taking place in November to ensure student participation.
Stories from our South Asian University Community
Student Life Project Coordinator
Student Peer Support Adviser
Executive Assistant to Deputy VC
Senior EDI Advisor
Project Leader - Graduate Workforce Bradford & Co-chair REC Forum
Dr Yunis Alam
Head of Department, Sociology and Criminology
Lecturer in Clinical Sciences & AD EDI
Access & Participation Coordinator
Governance & Legal Office Administrator
Any discussion of the future is incomplete without a consideration of the past. As we try and chart a path into an unknown future, we should make sure not to leave our heritage behind, but to carry it forward with us in a manner that is compatible with the future we envision and honours the rich cultural traditions from which that future emerged as well. Omar Gilani, Pakistani artist