United Black Students at Ryerson (UBSR) launched the first ever ‘Black Students Conference’ in November 2009 with the realization that as a Black student collective in one of the most diverse cities and schools in the country, we possessed a unique opportunity to encourage dialogue that explores and combats the issues that plagued our community.
From inception the goal of the conference has been to create and maintain a space where we can build bridges among the various Black communities and diasporas, develop a community focused on exploring and combating systemic and internal barriers that hinder our progress in society. Given the overwhelming response and support following this initial conference we at UBSR have been committed to maintaining and continually expanding upon the breadth and depth of the conference in terms of content and attendees. Every conference since has been tailored to meet the needs of our present day situation.
Striving to ensure that students from across Canada are present at this conference, invitations are sent out to post-secondary institutions such as Wilfred Laurier, Western, Carleton, etc. This conference allows students to network, meet and learn with other students that may struggle with the similar barriers but also show stories of empowerment as well.