In 2014, NUS launched ‘I Will…Lead the Way’ leadership coaching programme to increase the number of women in leadership positions within students’ unions. Following the success of this and our ongoing work to understand how we can best empower and support students from under-represented groups to stand for election, we expanded the coaching programme.
The programme will provide coaching, information and networking opportunities to empower and support those who self-define across all of the liberation groups – women students, Black students, disabled students and LGBT+ students – and who are intending to stand for election or who are already elected and are considering standing for the position of president in their students’ union.
Why are we doing this?
The student movement is one of the most progressive, challenging and diverse sections of our society. However, year after year, candidates in students’ union elections and elected officers do not reflect the diverse membership of their students’ unions and we know that students who define across the Liberation campaigns as women, Black, disabled and LGBT+ continue to experience discrimination. We need opinions, engagement and direction from the entirety of our diverse movement to address this and one of the ways we can meaningfully create space for this is through diversifying the leadership.
We regularly see that those who define as women, disabled, Black and LGBT+ are considerably underrepresented in the movement, particularly in sabbatical officer positions, and even more so when considering the role of President.
Coaching is one way we can support students’ from Liberation groups to fight the structural barriers to taking on leadership positions as well as developing skills and networks to create change.
You can find out more about information relating to officer diversity by looking at the latest Officer Diversity Surveys
What are our aims?
– Increase the representation of officers and presidents who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT.
– Ensure that those who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT have every opportunity to progress.
– Provide networking opportunities and build relationships between those who self-define as women, Black, disabled and/or LGBT.
– Lead organisational change
– Foster organisational diversity
Using ‘I Will …Lead The Way’
Each hub relates to NUS’ Liberation Campaigns – women’s leadership, Black leadership, disability leadership and LGBT leadership and will provide specific information, news and resources relevant to people who define into that group.
If you choose to sign-up for the coaching programme you will be asked to give some information about yourself and what you are looking for so that we make sure that the person you are matched with best meets your needs and preferences. Coachees will have an opportunity to review this information before accepting a provisional match.
If you are interested in becoming a coach, or have any thoughts, suggestions or feedback about ‘I Will…Lead the Way’ please contact firstname.lastname@example.org