Larissa Kennedy (23) is the President of the National Union of Students (NUS) which represents seven million students across further and higher education in the UK. Throughout her 2-year term in office, NUS seeks to grasp at the root of a broken system to de-marketise, democratise and decolonise education & build a new vision for education.
Larissa is also on the Board at Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK), a charity set up by students and staff at NUS in 2019 to take climate justice work further and faster in the student movement. Further to this, she is a member of the team at the Free Black University, co-creating a radical, imaginative, and transformative hub for knowledge production centred on the healing and wellbeing of Black people.
Prior to this, Larissa was Education Officer & Deputy President of Warwick Students’ Union, where she founded the Warwick Decolonise Project. Larissa brings extensive experience from the youth sector, having formerly been on the Board of the British Youth Council and UK Youth Delegate to the Council of Europe Congress of Local and Regional Authorities.