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Note: The LSESU Amnesty International Society will be having a Welcome Talk for interested new members and a Give-it-A-Go Picnic during the first weeks of Michaelmas Term! Follow us on Instagram (@lsesuamnesty) and Facebook (LSESU Amnesty International Society), and join our Freshers WhatsApp group for more details!
LSESU Amnesty International Society is the largest student charity group on campus and has won the LSESU Gold Star year after year. Our purpose is linked to Amnesty’s mission of protecting individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied. We work closely with the LSE Student Union (LSESU), charities, sponsor firms, other LSE societies and clubs, and other University societies to curate a meaningful experience for our members.
The mission of LSESU Amnesty is to campaign, to raise awareness, and to fundraise for the protection of human rights both on a local, regional and global level. Our specific aims are to champion for the protection of rights of the most vulnerable communities, and to celebrate the intersectional experiences of those within the student body. We aim to underscore human rights violations around the world through a two-pronged approach of ‘awareness’ and ‘action’. This year, in light of recent events, the Society is proud to introduce its Year Against Racial Discrimination Initiative in partnership with 30 other LSESU clubs and societies, the LSESU Athletics Union and the LSESU itself.
The Society consists of an Executive Committee and 4 subcommittees. The Executive Committee consists of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the Publicity Officer and the Social Secretary. Our three subcommittees are the Campaigns Division, the Fundraising Division, the Beacon Journal. Additionally, The Society also has a volunteering and career focus. Our society is one of the only ones in the LSE to provide human-rights focused careers events and panels. This year we are proud to introduce year-round volunteering opportunities that cater to a variety of the causes that our members are passionate about.
We are an active community of students from diverse backgrounds, studying a range of subjects, and we are all passionate about creating and seeing change through. From global issues to local injustices, Amnesty International Society is perfect for anyone who wants to have an active role in addressing events across the world. We are a very lively society and hold a lot of social events every term, including pub trips, pizza nights, and not forgetting the incredible London Diplomacy Ball! Our Society is also excited to be introducing our very own Amnesty Mentoring Scheme, where our new members get a chance to socialise with our Year 2, Year 3 and postgraduate communities, who can help them through any academic concerns they might have or simply be good company to hang out with. At LSE, Amnesty International Society is a great way to meet like-minded people and make new friends!
Purchasing membership to our society will ensure that you are up to date with all of our events and opportunities through our weekly newsletters. The extent to which you are involved with the society as a member is up to you but we encourage you to be as involved as possible! This can be done by becoming a director or an officer in one of our subcommittees (campaigns or fundraising), by becoming a writer or editor for our journal the Beacon, by participating in our volunteering opportunities outside of LSE or by one-off volunteering to help with our campaigns, fundraising or careers events! Being a member can also mean that you just attend/participate in the events which interest you the most— these can also include our socials or the events that are a part of our Amnesty Mentoring Scheme ! Joining Amnesty is a great opportunity to meet people with the same passion for human rights across academic departments and years.
Events and Activities
- Regular campaign events (several per term)
- Regular fundraising events (several per term)
- One-off volunteering days
- Year-round volunteering opportunities
- Annual event— London Diplomacy Ball
- Careers events
- Talks by human rights organisations, charities and experts
- Coffee mornings
- Panel events with experts
- Human rights careers conference
- Trips to international institutions (previous trips include going to Amnesty HQ, the German Embassy, and the Romanian Cultural Institute)
- Opportunities to contribute to the journal (The Beacon)
- Pub socials
- Picnics and pizza socials
- Reception events
- Amnesty Mentoring Scheme
The committee is really excited to welcome new members and we've created a dedicated WhatsApp group for any questions you have. Just click on the link below and you'll get access to the group. We're also hosting two Zoom calls during the Freshers period, where you'll also be able to come and ask questions! The dates and times of these meetings will be communicated via our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter handles, along with the WhatsApp group.