During our Students’ Union Elections Media Day on Thursday 28th February, we chatted to the candidates who are running to be elected as your BME candidates for the 2019-20 academic year. Take a look at what they had to say.
Omolade Osinaike and Bridget Mohammed
Omolade Osinaike and Bridget Mohammed are doing a joint candidacy for the role of BME Officer. Omolade is an Architectural environment engineering student and Bridget is a Politics and international relations student.
Both girls are on the feminist society and both believe in intersectionality in feminism and including black, Asian and minority ethnic groups in feminism who are often ignored. Their work enhancing the number of BME students in the Feminist Campaigns group Committee as General secretary and treasurer respectively, allowed them to develop leadership, communication and organisational skills that they would like to apply to the BME Network role.
They want to continue the work of previous BME Officers in working against the attainment gap, PREVENT, decolonising the curriculum and encouraging intersectionality in the BME community. Collaborating with other committees such as LGBTQ+, Disability and Women’s network because “people from the BME background are also members of these other networks so it’s important to have close relationships with them.” Bridget expresses the importance of intersectionality because “we can’t do all of the work on our own, we have to make sure we’re working with all student bodies to push forward our agenda”.
They want to focus on creating a space for BME students to be proud of their identity and have a space where they can have representatives who will be able to understand their specific needs. Their campaign will mainly be focused online through using social media in order to reach a wider audience.
For more information on the candidates read their manifestos on the Student Leader Page.
Featured image: Ella Taylor.
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