Five Ideas… reasons to come to NUS’ Black Leaders Conference

Monday 21-11-2016 - 12:41

With registration for our annual Black Leaders Conference closing next Monday, here are five reasons why you should attend our flagship leadership development event for Black staff, officers and student leaders.

1. It’s a unique event

Black Leaders Conference is the single biggest leadership development event NUS hosts where Black staff, officers and student leaders can come together to focus on their leadership.

We’re hosting an array of workshops covering how to advance your career, exploring authentic leadership, looking at the principles of effective change making and how to stay resilient in the face of everyday racism.

Across the day, we’ll be joined by Black leaders working both within and outside the student movement, including; Denis Shukur (CEO, University of East London Students’ Union), Colina Wright (Membership Services Manager, De Montfort Students’ Union), Rebecca Quansah (Student Development Manager, Warwick Students’ Union), Justine Lutterrodt (Director, Centre for Synchronous Leadership) and many more.

2. Hear from an acclaimed author, poet and university chancellor

We’re delighted that acclaimed author, poet and current chancellor of the University of Manchester Lemn Sissay will be delivering a keynote speech at this year’s event.

3. Race Matters Strategy

The conference was first introduced as part of NUS’ Race Matters work to challenge race inequality, increase Black representation and support Black leadership in the student movement.

At the conference, delegates will be the first to hear the detail behind our six year strategy to address the lack of the ethnic diversity in the movement and promote race equality.

4. Networking

There will be plenty of opportunities for staff, officers and student leaders delegates to attend separate network sessions on the day which explore a range of topics pertinent for their role.

“It was amazing to see and meet so many positive and enthusiastic Black people” – 2015 delegate

Our Black Staff Network will discuss what the Race Matters Strategy means for them and have an opportunity to shape the development opportunities they will receive as a part of the Network.

5. Advancing your career in the student movement

We know there is a lack of ethnic diversity in the student movement, especially amongst staff, which is compounded by the fact that many Black staff and officers face barriers to career progression and are unsure on what their ‘next steps’ should be.

Yemi Gbajobi, CEO at City University London Students' Union, will deliver separate workshops to officers and staff providing guidance and tips on progressing your career in the student movement and navigating potential barriers.

Black Leaders Conference is open to Black staff, sabbatical officers and society reps and will take place in London on Monday 5 December. Registration closes on Tuesday 29 November.



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