Meet your new Students' Union exec

Posted by nm365 at Jul 07, 2020 10:08 AM |
Read about their priorities for this year

This year, the exec will be led by Mia Nembhard, President and geography student, following her term as Sports Officer. She said:  "I’m looking forward to completing my first term as President and visiting a new remit, coordinating the strategic direction of the Students’ Union and leading the Exec Team in 2020/21. Moving from Sports to Presidency will be a bit different but I welcome the new challenge. This year, I’ll be focusing on transforming Wednesdays and making them a day for personal development alongside the newly released Ignite programme. I will continue my work around student safety, particularly sexual violence, bringing bad landlords/agencies to account and work around defining and the reporting of racist, homophobic, ableist and transphobic hate crimes on campus.

The exec welcomes three new students to its committee: law student Elle Phipps is this year's Activities Officer, whose priorities are "to ensure societies are supported to reimagine the way they run in the world of Covid, and that societies, volunteering and employment opportunities are open, developed and barriers are removed to meet the needs of all students." She's "excited to deliver my campaign to change the narrative of sustainability to discuss this as a race and social justice issue".

Geography student Karli Wagener is this year's Wellbeing Officer. She commented: "I’m working on a series of flexible events that can be changed to reflect the new normal we’re in. Activities I’ll be running over the year include a launch of an expanded range of support leaflets, online activity to combat isolation and loneliness, expanding the range of support clinics available for students and leading a random acts of kindness initiative for students to show their appreciation of each other."

Hannah Belcher, a geography and PGCE student, commented: "My biggest priority as the 20/21 Sports Officer is to help students resume play, as soon as it is safe to do so. Other projects I will be focusing on include establishing a Duke of Edinburgh award scheme on campus. A lot of students already take part in physical activity and have volunteered - all of which count towards the award. The Duke of Edinburgh award looks fantastic on a CV and will help with employability for our graduates. I also want to host a networking event to promote careers in sport and establish relationships between our sports clubs and schools in the wider community. I hope that our sports clubs will be able to deliver sessions to younger children and showcase the wide variety of sport you can play at higher education."

Adnan Rahman and Tony Magaia continue their work from the previous twelve months.

Politics and international relations student Adnan's focus is "to help build a ‘decolonising Leicester’ network with the aim of bringing together keen students and staff, lobby the Uni executive board to publicly commit to SU pledges around decolonisation, push for more transparency of hidden course costs, lobby for more adequate careers support and ensure that all online learning is accessible"

Tony, a biological sciences student, added that: "this year my focuses are on community, development and support. I want to create a safe, representative and supportive environment  by also tackling any form of hate crime and ensuring that the voices of the most marginalised are brought to the forefront. Work on student development, providing more opportunities, workshops, trainings, creating a culture of understanding of what liberation work is. finally, provide students with competent resources  and supporting and empowering  them to make amazing change."

You can also read a goodbye blog from last year's President, Oge Obioha, and Sana Ali, Wellbeing Officer.

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