Each year the Black students’ campaign brings together delegates from students’ unions over two days to elect the political leadership for the coming year and decide on its policy. Over the course of conference delegates will also have the chance to listen to inspirational speakers and work together on issues pertinent to Black students.
This year we are so excited to have Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, as our keynote speaker on Day 2 of conference. Magid is the first Somali and the first Green Party councillor to hold the role and is also the youngest ever Mayor of Sheffield. We are looking forward to hearing about Magid’s journey from arriving in Sheffield as a child refugee, to being elected as the President of Hull Students’ Union to his current attempts to modernise the Mayorship and use it as a platform to fight racism and xenophobia.
We have been trying to get Magid to Black Students’ Conference for a while, those of you who have watched him on Hunted, taking on Jacob Rees-Mogg on our Government’s immigration policy or challenging toxic narratives on austerity on Brexit Blind Dates will know how engaging and refreshing a speaker Magid is and this is not one to be missed.
We will also be running workshops on priorities for the Black Students’ Campaign. At Winter Conference we consulted with you all on the key issues our research on the experiences of students of colour in education should cover. Over the past few months we’ve been designing the survey and are pleased to be launching it at conference where we will be running a workshop on maximising student engagement with the research, alongside workshops on Prevent, Palestinian solidarity and climate change.
The vast majority of conference will be taken up by our democratic business. We will be debating and voting on motions that will become policy of NUS when passed. We strongly advise that you familiarise yourself with motions that will be discussed beforehand as it makes your time at conference a lot easier! You will soon be able to view all motions here. You will also have the opportunity to choose the leadership of NUS Black Students’ campaign by voting on the Black Students’ Officer and 2nd place representative on NUS’ National Executive Council, hold elected committee members to account and celebrate the achievements of students and officers of colour by attending our Black Achievers Awards in the evening. To put in a nomination for Campaign of the Year, Students’ Union of the Year, Black Student of the Year or Black Students’ Officer of the Year fill out a nomination form here.