Monday 05-03-2018 - 07:22
As part of the important Race Matters programme of work, the Black Staff Network will be hosting its first meeting of the year on Tuesday 17 April at LSE Students’ Union.
In 2015, we published our research report – Race Matters, which looked into the experiences of Black staff across the student movement. The results highlighted the need for further change within our movement nationally, particularly when looking at race inequality, Black staff representation at all levels in unions and access to development and progression.
As a result of the Race Matters report findings, we took a number of actions to address and tackle the issues highlighted head on, including but not limited to, hosting our first ever Race Matters Summit, two Black Leaders Conferences and the creation of a Black Staff Network.
The Black Staff Network was established to give a collective voice to Black staff, enhance peer support and to provide support towards career progression. This work is underpinned by the NUS 100 framework, in which one of the key areas focuses on attracting and retaining outstanding people. To achieve this, a diverse and inclusive workforce and movement is vital, which is why we invite you and your Black staff to engage with and attend the first Black Staff Network meeting of the year.
When? Tuesday 17 April, 10:30am - 3:00pm
Where? London School of Economics Students' Union, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield Street, London, WC2A 2AP
What's on? You can find the agenda here
Who can attend? This event is for Black staff in NUS affiliated unions
How to register? Please email Sanisha Wynter to confirm your attendance with any dietary and access requirements by Monday 2 April
We invite you to attend the upcoming Black Staff Network meeting, we have worked hard behind the scenes to create a day of value, full of discussion, networking and opportunity. We are also delighted to announce that our keynote speaker for the meeting will be co-founder and Executive Director of UK Black Pride, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah. The meeting agenda can be found here.
During this meeting you will have the chance to meet Rebecca Quansah, Chair of the Black Staff Network, the opportunity to network with Black staff from unions across the country and to shape the future and direction of the Black Staff Network. We look forward to meeting and working with you to build a movement that is truly inclusive and reflective of the diversity of our people.
As CEOs and leaders, we really need your support and action in tackling race inequality within our movement. The Leadership on Race Equity training was a great chance to understand the issues and barriers that Black staff face in the workplace, but that was only the beginning, now is your chance to take action.
One way that you can do this, is by ensuring that you encourage and support Black staff in your union to attend the Black Staff Network, starting with the upcoming meeting in April and implement their learning. We cannot stress the importance of both your support and their participation.
By working collectively, your contribution towards levelling the playing field and helping to remove barriers within our movement will be felt for years to come.
If you have any questions or require further information please contact Rebecca Quansah (Chair of the Black Staff Network & Student Development Manager, Warwick SU) or Sanisha Wynter (Race Equity and Inclusion Project Officer, NUS).
Black is used by NUS as an inclusive term to refer to members of the African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, South and Latin American communities.