Five reasons to attend Black Students’ Summer Conference

Friday 28-04-2017 - 17:04

NUS Black Students’ Summer conference is the two-day democratic event for students of African, Arab, Asian and Caribbean descent. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate on policy and vote for the political leadership of campaign in 2017/18. Here are just a handful of reasons why you should attend...


1. Discuss and debate motions submitted by unions across the UK

You will get the chance to have your say on what the campaign works on and prioritises in the coming year. The work done by the NUS Black Students’ campaign is decided by policy. Policy is a statement of what the campaign believes about an issue and also what it resolves to do about it. Over the two days you will feed directly into this and be able to shape the work taken into 2017/18. Motions are available to read ahead of conference here so you can come prepared.


 2. Take part in a range of workshops on issues affecting Black students

As a delegate, you will have the chance to learn from those leading the prominent campaigns pertinent to Black students’ across the UK. We will be touching on everything from decolonising the curriculum to Preventing Prevent and building antiracist movements on and off campuses and recognise the need for a strong, well-informed campaign in the wake of Trump, Brexit and the resurgence of the far-right. We’ll run sequences of workshops across the two days so you’ll have the opportunity to attend a few.


3. Hear from key leaders within the Black community

Every year we invite inspirational speakers to sit on the panels across the two days and share their experiences of being Black either in the UK or across the world. This year is no different, you’ll have the chance to listen and take part in discussions surrounding institutional racism, tackling state racism and equality in education. Speakers will be announced closer to the time so keep an eye out for announcements via Twitter and NUS Connect. Don’t forget to follow us @nusbsc


4. Network with officers and activists

The conference provides a valuable opportunity to meet other Black students from across the UK. It is a vital space to build connections, learn about each other’s work and develop the influencing power your students’ union has to make important changes for students at your institution.


5. Vote for your next Black Students’ Officer and elected committee

Last but not least, you will hear the election speeches for next years’ NUS Black Students’ Officer, NUS National Executive Council Black Students’ member, NUS Black Students’ Committee  and NUS Black Students’ Steering Committee. Plus have the opportunity to vote in all of these elections. Nominations closed recently for the position of Black Students’ Officer so keep your eyes on NUS Connect for the announcement on who’s standing and their manifestos.   


Black Students’ Summer Conference takes place on 20 – 21 May at St Johns Hotel, Solihull. Please register here and for more information on delegation entitlement and other conference business visit the Black Students’ Conference Hub.

Don’t forget to follow us @nusbsc and use the hashtag #NUSblack17 for live updates.


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