National Union of Students Black Students' Campaign

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NUS Black Students' Campaign
NUS Black Students' Officer Malia Bouattia
Headquarters Macadam House, Gray's Inn Road London
National affiliation National Union of Students
Website
www.nus.org.uk/en/campaigns/blackstudents/

The National Union of Students Black Students' Campaign is a self-organised autonomous section of the National Union of Students (NUS).[1] The NUS Black Students' Campaign represents students of African, Asian, Arab and Caribbean heritage, and other non-European groups. As of 2014 Jewish students are no longer represented by this officer.

Priority Campaigns[edit]

The National Union of Students Black Students' Campaign sets it policy at its annual democratic event, the Black Students' Campaign Summer Conference.[2] The five priority areas for the Campaign are Black Representation, Anti-Racism and Anti-Fascism, Equality in Education, International Peace and Justice and finding an answer to Jewish people in the UK.

National Committee Members[edit]

Committee Members are elected representatives that help form the leadership of the Campaign and help implement policy. There are seventeen positions on the committee, elections for each position take place annually at the Summer Conference. It is only possible to occupy any one position for a maximum of two years. Each position holds one vote on the National Committee.

The NUS Black Students’ Campaign National Committee elected to serve between 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2014 is as follows:

NUS Black Students’ Campaign National Committee
National Black Students’ Officer Aaron Kiely
Black Students’ NEC representative Malia Bouattia
Wales Black Students’ Officer Swaran Singh
Scotland Black Students’ Officer Kwaku Adjei
Open Place Candice Armah & Zekarias Negussre
Open Place Abdi-Aziz Suleiman & Areeb Ullah
Open Place Yusuf Molade & Zarah Sultana
Further Education representative Piers Telemacque
Further Education representatives Mdhamiri Nikemi & Serigne Tacko Mbengue
FE Women's representatives Opeyemi Onasanya & Barbara Ntumy
Women’s representative Rochelle Owusu-Antwi
Disabled representative Kelechi Chioba
LGBT representative Gillian Barnes
LGBT (Women’s Place) representative Jennie Okojie
Postgraduate representative Beverly Mettle & Adam Elliot Cooper
Mature Students’ representative Shabina Raja & Jason Jackson
International Students' representative Chidinma Nwokoro

National Black Students’ Officer[edit]

The National Black Students’ Officer for the NUS Black Students’ Campaign is an elected full-time paid position who coordinates and leads the Campaign. The elected Officer also sits on the NUS National Executive Council. Malia Bouattia began her term of office as of July 2014. Bouattia succeeds twice-elected Aaron Kiely who completed the maximum limit of two terms in office.

Black Students' NEC Representative[edit]

The Black Students' NEC Representative sits on the NUS National Executive Council alongside the National Black Students’ Officer and is elected by all delegates at the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Summer Conference.

Nations Officers[edit]

NUS Scotland and NUS Wales each have a Black Students’ Officer elected by students resident at Scottish and Welsh institutions respectively. These Officers sit on the NUS Black Students’ Campaign National Committee as well as the NUS Scotland Executive Council and NUS Wales Executive Council. Both nations have their own independent committee and steering committees.

Further Education representative places[edit]

The Further Education representatives are elected by delegates who are in Further Education to represent FE students. To be eligible to stand to be a further education representative, the candidate must be in further education at the time of election. There are two reserved positions on the National Committee for Further Education students.

Disabled representative[edit]

The disabled representative is elected by a caucus of delegates to the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Summer Conference by delegates who self-define as disabled.

Women's representative places[edit]

The women's place representatives come from and are elected by a caucus of delegates who self-define as women. There is currently one reserved position on the National Committee and one reserved place for women from further education institutions and one reserved place for LBT women.

LGBT representative places[edit]

The LGBT place representatives come from and are elected by a caucus of delegates who self-define as Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans. There is currently one reserved position on the National Committee and one reserved place for a Black LGBT person who also self-defines as a woman.

Open place representatives[edit]

The open place representatives are elected by delegates and any delegate or observer is eligible to stand for these positions at the Summer Conference. There are three open place representative positions on the National Committee. They are elected by all delegates at the NUS Black Students’ Campaign Summer Conference.

Mature, Postgraduate and International representatives[edit]

Mature, Postgraduate and international students are guaranteed representation on the National Committee. There are reserved positions for Black mature, Postgraduate and international students - with one Committee place reserved for each. Each position is elected by students at the Summer Conference by caucuses made up of students who define into those respective sections.

Conferences[edit]

Winter Conference[edit]

The Winter Conference is a two-day training event held in the first academic term for Black students across the UK.

Summer Conference[edit]

The Summer Conference is an opportunity for Black student activists from across the UK to come together to set the direction for the campaign for the year ahead, to attend workshops and hear speakers, and to network with other Black students. It is the NUS Black Students’ Campaign’s democratic event.

One of the key functions of the conference is to debate, pass policy which forms the basis of NUS Black Students’ Campaign campaigning agenda for the year ahead. Motions and amendments may be submitted by Black students from NUS constituent members.

At the conference there is the annual NUS Black Students’ Campaign Awards, which started in 2005, to help promote and support outstanding achievements of Black students in campaigning for liberation.

Officers and committee members are elected at the annual Summer conference by delegates.

Previous National Officers[edit]

The first full-time National Black Students’ Officer was elected in 2002, after NUS Annual Conference voted to change the constitution in order for the position to be created. Previously the position was part-time.

NUS Black Students’ Campaign National Officers
2002-03 Michelle Codrington
2003-04 Michelle Codrington
2004-05 Pav Akhtar
2005-06 Pav Akhtar
2006-07 Ruqayyah Collector
2007-08 Ruqayyah Collector
2008-09 Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy
2009-10 Bellavia Ribeiro-Addy
2010-11 Kanja Ibrahim Sesay
2011-12 Kanja Ibrahim Sesay
2012-13 Aaron Kiely
2013-14 Aaron Kiely
2014-15 Malia Bouattia
2015-16 Malia Bouattia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BSC Intro". National Union of Students. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 
  2. ^ "BSC Intro". National Union of Students. Retrieved 2012-06-06. 

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