NUS announces first ever Race Matters Summit

Tuesday 19-01-2016 - 10:32

Here’s all you need to know about our Race Matters Summit, which takes place in London on Thursday 3 March 2016.

As a part of our ongoing programme of work to increase Black* representation and support Black leadership, we’re pleased to announce that our first ever Race Matters Summit will take place at the University of West London Students’ Union on Thursday 3 March 2016.

The Summit is for senior leaders and registration is now open, and you can book your place here

The Summit is borne out of our Race Matters report on the experiences of Black staff, which demonstrated that Black staff are not only underrepresented at all levels - especially management and senior management roles - but are also facing a range of barriers.

What can delegates expect?

Through bringing together senior leaders, we aim to start the process of creating a roadmap for change within the student movement.

Some of the themes being exploring during the day include: why employers need to talk about race?, where to start with race equality in the workplace?, how to be an ally to Black staff and officers? and how to attract talent and practice inclusive leadership?

Through attending the Summit, unions will also be pledging to support the Race Matters agenda and improve ethnic diversity in the student movement. Delegates will also have the opportunity to identify some ambitions for the student movement to increase Black representation, and a plan for working together to achieve them.

During the day, delegates will also hear from inspirational figures on the importance of topics such as race equality in the workplace, positive action and inclusive leadership. Our confirmed speakers include:

Who should attend?

The Summit is designed for; CEOs, presidents, external trustees, liberation, equality and diversity leads.

Students’ unions will be provided with one reserved place for a delegate who defines as Black* and can send up to five delegates to the Summit.

For further information about the Race Matters Summit, please email Mandeep Rupra-Daine, NUS’ Equality & Diversity Consultant.

*Black is used an inclusive term to represent those from African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean and South American communities.


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