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National Black Staff Network Meeting, 17 May

Tuesday 22-03-2016 - 11:34

Black staff members are invited to attend the first Black Staff Network meeting at Kings College London in May.

The meeting is part of NUS’ programme to increase *Black representation and support Black leadership and is held in partnership with the Race Matters Advisory Group.

This network is a direct result of NUS’ Race Matters report, which provided an important insight into the experiences of Black staff in the student movement and highlighted that some Black staff feel isolated, unsupported and marginalised.

As a Black woman, I find it hard to find anyone that I can relate to or seek guidance from that has been in a similar position to me

Race Matters respondent

To address these findings and build a sense of community, give a collective voice to Black staff, enhance peer support and promote career progression one of the report recommendations focuses on establishing a Black staff network. The recommendation states ‘NUS will establish a Black leaders’ network for all Black staff, which will provide an opportunity for Black staff to build their network and offer information and guidance on career development. The network should have links into decision-making and inform the work of the student movement on race equality and Black representation.’

We want as many Black staff to attend the first meeting as they will have the opportunity to share and make important decisions about the purpose and structure of the Black Staff Network, to make sure it both adds value to Black staff and informs and influences future NUS thinking. The agenda can be found here.

Who can attend? This event is for Black staff 

Meeting details: This first meeting will be on 17 May, 10.30am-3.30pm and hosted by King's College London Students' Union. If you’d like to attend email Perri Lyons at perri.lyons@kclsu.org, by 1pm 9 May with any dietary or access requirements you may have.

For further information please contact Mandeep Rupra-Daine (NUS Equality and Diversity Consultant) or Denise Leander (Deputy Chief Executive, Kings College London Students’ Union)

* Black is used by NUS as an inclusive term to refer to members of the African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean South and Latin American communities.

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