Six Steps to a More Equal Campus
Hello one and all! I’m your new Vice President Welfare and Communities, lovely to meet you.
I thought that before I start throwing blogs your way about all the marvellous things I’m up to (and what you can do for me), I’d start with all the marvellous things our Student Leaders are up to, in regards to achieving equality on campus.
Our new batch of Student Leaders, who work their socks off within various areas including media, faculties and Performing Arts, met at a SUSU conference last week. We provided them with training, many-an inspirational speech, and the opportunity to develop their ideas with their sabbatical leaders.
One area we worked on is equality and diversity within SUSU. This is an integral part of our union and something we should all be scratching our chins a wee bit more about. It’s crucial that we challenge tired stereotypes; university should be a safe space where everyone is treated with respect and dignity and where oppressive language and derogatory behaviour is absolutely not tolerated. It’s 2012: it’s time to get wise to equality, folks. So here are just a few things your Student Leaders said they’re going to do, to make SUSU an inclusive and fair environment for all. Power to them!
- Treat everyone the way I would like to be treated.
- Not allow people to use unacceptable language when in my company.
- Allow people some extra time to write articles if English is not their first language (no guesses which Leader this was…)
- Encourage more females to feel empowered and run in SUSU elections.
- Research into cultural backgrounds to help with the transition to Southampton University for international students.
- Encourage a respectful atmosphere and not tolerate discrimination within my committees.
Pretty good, eh? It’s a great start but there’s certainly more we can all be doing. What are YOU going to do? If you have any ideas of how to conquer inequality within our union, I want to hear them! Comment below or email me on firstname.lastname@example.org