Candidate for the position of Students' Union President

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ASHA STEWART

It is time to put Unity in our Community

3 Key Objectives

  • Lobby for more Inclusive Facilities, Resources and Services: It is important the university and SU provides the necessary spaces, products and support for students from all backgrounds and across campuses.

 

  • Liberate and Diversify Learning, Activities and Opportunities: Hold the University and SU to equitable standards and lobby for better representation, engagement and success in education and extra-curricular activities, particularly for marginalised groups.

 

  • Create more Internal and External Networking Opportunities for students: Establish connections with other universities, organisations and Local Authorities to further advance student opportunities and calls for changes. As well as provide opportunity for students to connect with peers with shared interested, lived experiences and aspirations and unify them to drive change together.

 

Manifesto

Here at BCU we have the pleasure of having one the most diverse and unique student communities. However, you cannot spell community without unity. As your SU President I promise to develop unity between you and your peers, unity between the SU and the University, but most importantly unity between you the students and your SU.

 

I want to make BCUSU a safe space that Supports, Educates, Empowers and Networks all students despite their background.

 

Your SU should Support you by making campus safer, tackling inequalities, providing advice, sign posting you to mental health and well-being support, reporting incidents or just making new friends.

 

Your Student’s Union should provide Education about non-academic life hacks such as cultural awareness, health and finances ect.

 

Your SU should Empower you to speak out about your concerns, challenge inequality and lobby for change.

 

Your SU should create spaces for you to build your Network to further advance your career opportunities and progress your campaigns for social change.

 

This year as your VP Equity and Inclusion I have already began to successfully embed these values into the organisation through my Be S.E.E.N (Support, Educate, Empower, and Network) Campaign. So far, this campaign has allowed me to work closely with societies to start society-led campaigns such as “Period Poverty” to get free period products for people who bleed and “Multi-Faith Space in Seacole Building”. These are only two examples that demonstrate my passion to unify students, empower their voice and lobby to make our community better.

 

What makes me a great leader? I am patient, honest, approachable, diplomatic, team player who is no stranger to project management and negotiation. Above all, I would say my biggest strength is my ability to empower others by encouraging them to believe in themselves and providing opportunities for others to develop and enter spaces they don’t have access to. I am fortunate to have established good connections within the University and Birmingham City Council, I plan to use and expand this network and to create opportunities for Students.