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NUS Wales Black Students’ Campaign re-elects Akosua Darko as leader

Monday 25-04-2016 - 16:31

At the NUS Wales Black Students’ conference in Cardiff today, students have re-elected Akosua Darko as their Black Students’ Officer 2016/17.

The Black Students’ Campaign is the autonomous campaign for all students in Wales who self-define as black or minority ethnic. The campaign represents those students’ interests as part of NUS Wales and campaign locally and nationally on issues that affect them.

The role of the Black Students’ Officer is to act as the campaign’s figurehead, serving on a part-time basis for a year, and sitting on NUS Wales National Executive Committee.

Speaking after the election, Akosua said that she was very pleased to have been re-elected and was looking forward to continuing her work during 2016/17.

At the NUS Wales Black Students’ conference, students took part in a workshop and a round-table with Stephanie Lightfoot-Bennett, whose brother Leon Patterson, died while in police custody in 1992.

The other positions elected were the campaign’s Steering Officer and Committee member (Women’s place):

  • Steering Officer – Hyelni Mshelia
  • Committee member (Women’s place) – Shanice Mabussi

Elections did not take place for the Committee member (FE place) or the two Committee members (Open place). As Conference was not quorate, it could not make binding decisions on motions, but rather take an indicative vote that will be passed to NUS UK Black Students’ Conference.

A full statement from the Returning Officer on the elections and motions processes can be downloaded here. Please direct questions about this process to conference@nus-wales.org.uk.

Tomorrow, we move on to the NUS Wales Students with Disabilities Campaign conference.

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