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7th Week MT17 Report | Farheen Ahmed | VP Welfare & Equal Opportunities

7th Week MT17 Report | Farheen Ahmed | VP Welfare & Equal Opportunities


hi so the last couple of weeks of me
have been quite busy last week was the first the start of sorry a couple of
networking initiatives that we’re doing for representatives of for equality
diversity and liberation across the collegiate University on Tuesday last
week we had the apply ED conference which was about introducing equality and
diversity into everyday Oxford that was for graduates and staff members to come
along to look at equality and diversity from a graduate perspective
and we then reported that like on Monday this Monday to a forum which is going to
discuss different ways in which we can host a similar conference next year and
utilize this space the space created by the conference to really launch the idea
of equality and diversity into the mainstream and make it so that everyone
is thinking about these issues on a day to day basis we also had on last
Wednesday the equality and diversity representative meet up for undergraduate
equality and diversity reps it was very exciting to hear all their ideas and
actually it was really it was a real insight into the day-to-day life of an
equality and diversity rep and how the SU can better support them so we’re hoping
to work more with them going forward and hoping to make it to formalize it as a
community next in the coming terms this Monday was also transday remembrance
which is a really important time for a community to come together and kind of
recognize the lives lost due to anti-trans violence and the systemic
issues that are facing trans people today I think I went to the
memorial service which was at Hartford hosted by our LGBTQ campaign and
the LGBTQ Society it was really heartwarming and actually quite
saddening to be there one of the best quotes I think from the event was
about remembering and mourning the lives lost but actually fighting like hell for
the living and I hope that I can do that and all of us are able to do that more
so in the year for a long time to come Wednesday also marks the start of the UK
disability History Month to mark this the Oxford students disability community
is hoping to hold a protest clarendon building at five o’clock which
i will be at council for so I unfortunately won’t be there but i want to extend my
sentiments with their demands and actually say that i share those I demand
the university I hope the university can do more to support disabled students or
students with conditions in whatever way they need to be supported because
accessibility at this university is unfortunately not as great as we would
like it to be but that’s a long term process a long term structural shift
that I’m hoping the university will listen to I also attended a couple of
committees this week discussing different and equality and diversity issues
and also regarding student mental health and welfare it was really important to
kind of hear the different ways in which the community is supporting students and
also like the ways in which the university is trying to reach out more
with regard to mental health in particular that’s all from me please
ask any questions by email or come and talk to me at the office if you’d like
to and I’ll speak to you soon

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