We want YOU at our first EVER BME in Leadership Event

We’re inviting YOU to join us at DSU’s first EVER leadership and empowerment conference created by and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

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We’re inviting YOU to join us at De Montfort Students’ Union (DSU)’s first EVER leadership and empowerment conference created by and for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

The BME in Leadership Event, open to all students at De Montfort University (DMU) on Wednesday 25 January between 1pm and 5pm, aims to tear down the barriers that Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students can face when it comes to taking on a leadership role, and is completely FREE to attend.

Augustus Mbanasor, DP Education at DSU, said: “Some students see leadership as something that is hard to reach, or that you have to be a CEO/Executive/Manager of a well-respected company to be viewed as a leader.

“It is important that we remove the stigmas and stereotypes of what leaders look like and what they should be and work to make the view and perception of leadership inclusive for everyone, including our BME students.

“The aim of the BME in Leadership Event is to really uplift and empower BME students at DMU. There is so much potential on campus and this event will help students acknowledge their own potential, build their self-confidence and give them the platform to strive to be who they want to be.”

The first-of-its-kind conference will take place in Hugh Aston 0.10 on Wednesday 25 January.

The event, jointly organised by Augustus alongside DSU’s BME Representative Halima Jama and VP Student Activities Ahtesham Mahmood, will go some way to demonstrating the Officer Team’s commitment to fighting the well-publicised attainment gap in higher education among Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic students.

Chris Preddie OBE – who grew up on the fringes of gangs and drugs and is now a highly commended youth worker – will be on hand to give a keynote speech at the conference. There will also be a variety of workshops led by DSU’s Officer Team plus an opening plenary delivered by DMU’s Chief Operating Officer, Ben Browne.

“Furthermore, we have different student leaders from across the country who will be delivering key note speeches and we will also have a Q and A session near the end of the conference which will give students the opportunity to ask questions to members of the panel,” Augustus continued.

“It is extremely important that we give those who have achieved their definition of success the platform to explain how they have done it, [explain the] barriers they faced in doing so and how they overcame them.

“This is the first EVER event of this kind that we have run. It will be a great opportunity for students from a BME background to come and hear about the opportunities that are here for students to flourish in.

“Come along; we have a great agenda and I promise you it will be worth the time – tell a friend to tell a friend!”

The BME in Leadership Event is FREE to attend, but you will need to sign-up beforehand. You can put your name down here.