Across the student movement staff have established a number of liberation networks. Each network is led by a Chair from SU’s across the UK; they welcome any staff, including people who are new to the movement, who self-define into a group and would like to participate.
Black Staff Network*
Our Black Staff Network meets four times per year and provides a safe space for members to share experiences, undertake peer-to-peer learning and embed knowledge. The aim is to support each other to practically implement the vision of what staff want inclusive and progressive students’ unions to look like.
*Black is used in the movement as an inclusive term to refer to members of the African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, South and Latin American communities.
LGBT+ Staff Network**
Our LGBT+ staff network provides a safe and supportive working environment for LGBT+ staff. It also helps to raise awareness of LGBT+ issues across the movement and provides a forum for networking.
**LGBT+ is our acronym for people who define as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans and the ‘+’ is representative of other groups who are oppressed because of their sexuality and gender identity e.g. non-binary, gender-queer, queer, asexual and pansexual.
Women’s Staff Network
The Women’s staff network provides a space for women working in the movement to share their experiences, organise events and learn from each other. The network is keen to enable women to develop activity in their own union for women staff (including non-binary people and those with identities including woman) at every stage of their career in the movement.
Disabled Staff Network
The Disabled staff network has recently been established to provide peer group support, professional development and networking for disabled staff. It also aims to foster an inclusive culture by increasing understanding and collecting feedback on potential barriers within the student movement.
“Having a network where you can not only share your experiences, but also get ideas and support not only helps professionally but also makes you feel great personally”
– Ashley Storer-Smith, Disabled Staff Network Co-Chair