Thursday 22-10-2015 - 11:11
On Wednesday 11 November 2015, NUS will hold its first ever Black Leaders Conference, an event for all Black leaders within student movement including student officers - part and full time, student representatives, any Black students aspiring to pursue a leadership roles within their students’ union and staff.
For those of you who follow the Black Students’ Campaign, you’ll be aware that we travel the breadth of the country working on increasing Black representation within the student movement and ensuring that Black students’ voices are heard. We do this through offering support and guidance, training and development and campaigning to extend and defend the rights of Black students in the UK. And because of this work, we have seen an increase in participation and the numbers of Black students not just engaging in student politics, but running in and winning students’ unions’ elections is higher than ever.
At our first ever Black Sabbs Network in August, over 60 Black sabbatical officers were in attendance. The event was so packed that we had to turn people away at the door! Our mailing list numbers, requests for information and resources, union visit requests and so much more increases week in week out. And we want to do everything we can to offer more opportunities to all our Black leaders within the student movement to network, learn new skills, learn from each other and have the opportunity to hear from key figures within the Black community and education sector on how we can continue to increase Black representation in our education communities.
The Black Leaders Conference is the ideal opportunity for you to do this. If you are a Black leader, have participated in any of the Black Students’ Campaign activities and events and define into the campaign, you should be at this event.
If you are yet to sign up to this event, you can find out more information here.
And if you want even more reasons to attend, please look at these five ideas why you should attend Black Leaders Conference.
If we truly want to continue to see an increase in Black representation across the student movement and challenge race inequality across the student movement, education sector and society, if we value the role that we play in making this happen, we should be working together, building our networks and sharing best practice on how we can continue do this. There are lots of you, officers and aspiring ones, doing some amazing work in your unions that you need to be talking about and sharing with your fellow Black leaders, whilst taking the opportunity to learn yourself and from each other and from others.
This is going to be the first event of its kind, bringing all of us that are Black leaders across the student movement together and I am so proud to be a part of it. Sign up now to join us and be part of this fantastic event.
Registration closes at 12 noon on Friday 30 October. Miss it and you will seriously be missing out. I hope to see you there.
NUS Black Leaders Conference 2015 takes place in Sheffield on Wednesday 11 November and you can book your place here. For further information about the Black Leaders Conference please contact Mandeep Rupra-Daine, NUS Equality & Diversity Consultant.