2017’s Great Debate Tour really lived up to it’s title of being the largest university debate tour in the UK. It began in 2010 with 15 tour dates and has grown rapidly. This years’ topics included: Ethnic Britain, Grenfell Tower and BAME Representation in modern Britain.
On Tuesday 21st November, the grand finale of the Great Debate Tour 2017 was held in the House of Commons. The event was hosted by Samuel Kasumu, Founder of Elevation Networks. Included in the finale was the launch of the African Caribbean Alumni Network (A-CAN).
Before the debate unfolded, individuals were awarded with certificates for their demonstrable excellence during the debate tours. The final panel included:
– Diane Abbott MP: Our Parliamentary Host
– Sophie Chandauka: CAO, Morgan Stanley & CFO of the Black British Business Awards
– Ije Nwokorie: CEO of Global Creative Consultancy, Wolff Olins
– Lorraine Wright: Director, UBS & Founder of the University Gospel Choir of the Year
– Kalm Paul-Christian: Graduate in History from the University of Oxford
With an excellent turnout at the House of Commons, The Voice Newspaper presented Diane Abbott with an award celebrating all her work achieved in her 30 years in parliament!
We’d like to say a big thank you to the all the universities, ACS committees, guest panellists and student attendees that took part in this years #GDT2017.
Here’s what some of the attendees had to say about the 2017 Great Debate Tour:
“Thanks for having me! A really inspiring and fun time with a very eloquent and passionate group of future leaders!”
“I was left feeling inspired today, it’s so refreshing to see other young people passionate about change”
“Thank you, I enjoyed it and good to see so many young black students in Bristol positive about navigating the future and supporting others”
“Thanks for the opportunity to participate in the debate – it was great to see so many enthusiastic young people engaged in the discussions about complex issues and I thoroughly enjoyed the event”
Overall the night was a huge success. Take a look at some of our top tweets from the event below!
We're about to launch our A-CAN (African Caribbean Alumni Network) very soon! ACAN will bring students and professionals together who are or were members of an African Caribbean Society at any UK university. Stay tuned for more info! #ElevateYourNetwork #ACANLaunch https://t.co/QlEbnWOCvG
— GreatDebateTour 2017 (@GreatDebateTour) November 20, 2017
— #All3Industries (@KalmPC) November 21, 2017
— #ACSGrandSpectre (@ic_acs) November 21, 2017
— Elevation Networks (@elevationetwork) November 21, 2017
“Advancement of an individual is not enough, we need the advancement of the collective and our community” @HackneyAbbott #ACANLaunch @TheVoiceNews #GreatDebateShow #support #mentoring #volunteering #unis #diversity #BlackExcellence #acs #GDT2017 #networks #family
— Amogul (@Azzees) November 21, 2017
— Elevation Networks (@elevationetwork) November 22, 2017
— Debbie Usiskin (@debusis) November 21, 2017
— Keziah Doudy (@keziahdoudy_) November 22, 2017
— Barbara Kasumu (@barbarakasumu) November 22, 2017
Yesterday we had the official #ACANLaunch at the House of Commons. A new body representing 20,000 African Caribbean students and professionals. So many great leaders in the room with a heart to see progress. Lets see where this journey takes us @elevationetwork
— Samuel Kasumu (@samuelkasumu) November 22, 2017