Community Connections: A Community Space for Migrant & Refugee LEx Leaders

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Elevation through Solidarity. Creating a community space for Migrant & Refugee LEx Leaders based in the UK. A LEx Movement M&R Network event

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We have a long history of migrant and refugee leaders leading positive change in the UK. Today, there are many of us leading/supporting services, campaigns and much more for our communities. Let’s connect and uplift our collective work. Join us for a relaxed cup of tea in an informal gathering - a LEx- led community space for us to come together, connect, and share.

This event, facilitated by M&R LEx leader Baljeet Sandhu, will be a safe and dedicated space exclusively for change-makers, leaders, activists, entrepreneurs and innovators who have direct personal experience of the UK immigration system. It will be an opportunity for us to connect with one another, learn from each other, elevate each other’s work, connect our campaign and policy work, and grow a community that is rooted in our shared heritage of migration and resistance. Baljeet will also share exciting opportunities and information about free capacity building support available for members of the LEx Movement's Migration and Refugee Network - and explain how you can lead future activities and collaborations. This is a network led by and for M&R LEx leaders.

We know that immigration policies and border controls in the UK are part of a long history of racism and xenophobia that can be traced back to the colonial era, and we know that the impact of Covid-19 and the Black Lives Matter uprisings on migrant and refugee communities are part of this legacy. We hope this event can be a safe space for you to unpack some of the issues you and your communities are facing, share experiences, cultivate community with each other, and help further our collective work and wisdom as migrant and refugee LEx leaders.

Baljeet Sandhu MBE is the CEO of the Centre for Knowledge Equity. She is an award-winning human rights lawyer, educator, and pioneer of the global knowledge equity movement, centering the value of both lived and learned experience to drive innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact work. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Said Business School, University of Oxford recently launching the ground-breaking Knowledge Equity Fellowship in partnership with the university.

As a 2017 Yale World Fellow, Baljeet supported the development of the Tsai Centre for Innovative Thinking at Yale (CITY) where she developed the Knowledge Equity Initiative, supporting the design of programmes such as the Neighbors in Residence Fellowship, and the Critical Innovation Fund. Previously, Baljeet was the founding director of the Migrant & Refugee Children’s Legal Unit (MiCLU) supporting the design of key initiatives such as Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants and Kids in Need of Defense UK and acted as an expert adviser on law, policy and public legal education for national and international organisations, including Strategic Legal Fund for Vulnerable Young Migrants, Unicef, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the British Red Cross and the Council of Europe.

She has also been a specialist adviser to several government bodies, including the UK Home Office, Children’s Commissioner for England and more recently, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport. In April 2017, she was honoured with the DVF International Award during the Women in the World Conference at the United Nations and recently awarded an MBE for services to equality and civil society in the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours List.


Who can attend this event?

This is a free and closed event for members of the Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement), based in the UK, with lived experience of the immigration system.

If you are a social leader, change-maker, activist, campaigner, artist, entrepreneur or innovator with direct first-hand experience of the UK immigration system e.g., refugee, asylum seeker and/or migrant, and would like to attend but are not yet a member of the LEx Movement – please don’t worry. We welcome you to join our community and you are welcome to reserve a ticket for this event. Once you do so and have confirmed your eligibility for attendance, we’ll be in touch inviting you to join the Movement.

Please note, this event is open to social leaders who are activating their direct lived experience (past or present) to inform and shape their work to directly benefit the communities they share those experiences with. E.g., migrant and refugee leaders supporting migrant and refugee communities. This does not include practitioners and allies without lived experience who are working in the immigration system (we consider this practice experience and not ‘lived’ experience).


Do you need access and support to attend?

An access fund is available to support LEx Movement Members in taking part, and so if you require language interpretation, childcare, PA support, technology access, or anything else that will allow you to attend this online event, please do email us at

As with all the programmes our LEx leaders have been developing for our network, this event is free.


What is the LEx Movement?

The Lived Experience Leaders Movement (LEx Movement), is a collective impact network connecting, supporting and strengthening the capacity of LEx Leaders to create systems-level change and help all our communities thrive. LEx Movement now has over 880 members and has become a vibrant, resilient, and culturally diverse community made up of individuals, organisations and coalitions working across the UK. It is fast evolving into a movement of movements. LEx Movement is hosted and supported by the Centre for Knowledge Equity.

If you would like to learn about the history behind the LEx Movement and the reason why we developed the Lived Experience Leadership framework, please do read these reports here: 'The Value of Lived Experience in Social Change' (2017) and 'Lived Experience Leadership: Rebooting the DNA of Leadership' (2019)

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