Empowering women, LGBT+ and disabled students is at the heart of UJS’ work on Liberation. These groups are traditionally marginalised from Jewish spaces and activities, so we view it as our mission to make our spaces more inclusive.
UJS launched its annual Liberation Conference in 2015, pioneered by former President Hannah Brady. The first Liberation Conference educated and empowered those who attended, with a wide range of speakers who spoke authentically and anecdotally from personal experience. Speakers at our first two conferences have included included: Benjamin Cohen – Founder of Pink News, JW3's Misogynist Film Club, Naomi Russell - Time to Change, Emma Dorman – JAMI, Robbie Young – NUS Society and Citizenship Officer, Melantha Chittenden – NUS LGBT+ Officer (2016/17) and Rabbi David Mitchell – West London Synagogue. What makes our Liberation Conference so unique is that it’s facilitated and run by passionate student activists from across the country. The third annual Liberation Conference will be taking place in the second term.
UJS' Liberation Networks are open to Jewish students who self-define as disabled, LGBT+ and/or women and non-binary. UJS Liberation Networks are part of an initiative that aims to open up conversation and discussion around the experiences of students who identify with marginalised or minority groups.
Our third annual Liberation Conference will take place in June 2018. If you are interested in helping to develop the conference or strengthen any of our Liberation Networks, please contact Rebecca at firstname.lastname@example.org.