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Caribbean Students Unite (CSU)



The Caribbean Students’ Unite (CSU) was formed with the key objective to highlight our unique Caribbean identity, shaped by our languages, religions, festivals, art forms, values, customs, sports and other forms of self-expression. The CSU’s mandate embodies a mission to bring awareness to, and advocate for the various topical issues of Caribbean students and the Caribbean community. The CSU also seeks to generate and foster a sense of unity and community by providing a forum for students, educators, and members of the community who share a common interest in the Caribbean to share and learn about the diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of the Caribbean through various social, cultural and educational opportunities and activities.

Membership is open to any member of the University community, regardless of race, colour, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, national or ethnic origin, political beliefs, or disability, who falls into any of the following categories:

1. Citizen of the Caribbean

2. Person of Caribbean heritage

3. Persons with genuine interest in the affairs and peoples of the Caribbean

Description of Committee Roles and Memebers 2017-2018


Our President, Michel ’Lee Williams, is the spokesperson for CSU. As our President, Michel ‘Lee ensures that the management committee functions properly, that there is full participation at meetings, all relevant matters are discussed and that effective decisions are made and carried out.

Vice President

Our Vice President, Scharlee Thompson plays a key role in supporting the President.  Scharlee takes on the leading role in the absence of the President, and chairs meetings ensuring that CSU is running smoothly. She also Laisses with other societies to establish and develop strong ties.


Our Secretary, Rochelle Harding, is responsible for the documentation and communication of the activities of the committee. Rochelle is the primary administration officer of the committee and provides the links between the committee, members and outside agencies.


Our Treasurer, Ishmeala Rigby, is responsible for overseeing the CSU’s financial affairs, ensuring its viability and ensuring that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.

Arts Coordinator

Our Arts Coordinator, Shannon Fernander oversees the CSU’s arts - related events. Shannon is responsible for identifying and managing opportunities to promote the arts through CSU’s core activities.

Marketing Executive

Emmanuel Henriquez, our Marketing Executive, is responsible for creating promotional material for events, and works at increasing ways that to successfully promote the CSU through social media and campus newspapers. Emmanuel also liaises with the Marketing and Publicity department at the USSU (University of Sussex Student Union).



Leaf Awards

What is the Leaf Scheme?
Leaf awards reflect contributions of the society or sports club towards its members, the University of Sussex Students’ Union, the University of Sussex, the local community and the public. Leaves can be attained at bronze, silver or gold levels by meeting three, six or nine criteria. Leaves apply for an academic year as a symbol of what the present committee have achieved.

Groups can work towards nine leaves:

Below are the Leaves we have achieved so far this year:


Student Voice Leaf

The Student Voice leaf is awarded to groups who engage their members in Sussex Students’ Union campaigns, democracy and elections and influence the way the Students’ Union is run.


Development Leaf

The Development leaf is awarded to groups who have taken active steps to develop themselves, offer development opportunities to their members, build on the successes and failures of previous years and/or worked to maintain the high standards of previous years.


Communications Leaf

The Communications Leaf is awarded to groups who communicate with their members and the student body regularly and in innovate ways.


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  • Caribbean Students Unite (CSU) Standard Membership£5.00

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Activities Administrator (Societies) - Mike Wilkins

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Phone: 01273 873415
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