My name is Alisha Lobo and I am a final year politics and IR international student running to be your next Community Officer! In my second year I was Lead Peer Mentor, Freshers’ Week Captain and News and Comment Editor of bathimpact. After my placement in India, I was Freshers’ Week Events Manager for FW2017. I also deliver ‘how to be inclusive’ and bystander training to students whilst also being Editor–in-Chief of Bath Time. Throughout my time here I have campaigned on housing, VC pay, opposing PREVENT and #NeverOK whilst also attending as many Happy Hours as possible.
As your next community officer, I hope to:
Diversity and Support
Continue to support and encourage D&S groups to work collaboratively on events, information sessions and run joint campaigns across campus alongside other societies within the SU and University departments i.e. LGBT/international students and mental health, ERASMUS and ISA etc.
Lobby to increase budgets for underfunded D&S groups
Provide training to media groups at the beginning of the year on how to cover D&S groups respectfully and effectively
Continue to support and increase the publicity of the work that volunteering groups do within the local community
Lobby the University to reduce the number of visa checks
Improve the visibility and quality of the University rent guarantor scheme
Oppose any new plans for unaffordable student housing across Bath by the University, local council, and private developers
Work with the local council to assess the possibility of students living with elderly residents for cheaper rent to better address the shortfall of housing for students and loneliness amongst the elderly
Create an extensive housing report clearly outlining the SU position on the current provisions, costs, estate agent experience, quality of housing, and the overall student housing experience
Launch a campaign addressing the stigmas surrounding male mental health
Provide sessions on how to effectively support a friend or family member suffering from mental health issues
Town and Gown Relations
Introduce an active citizen award to encourage student involvement and engagement within the local community
Increase the visibility of faith groups on campus and the work that they do, especially during Freshers’ Week and a Faith Awareness Week during the year
Seek to improve their representation through the Socs Faith and Cultural rep also sitting on the D&S Exec and/or regular meetings with all of the chairs
Develop inclusivity strategies for each teams’ respective Welfare and Inclusivity Officer that are also in line with national governing bodies when necessary
Continue to increase the awareness of #NeverOK across campus and work to provide bystander training to as many students as possible
The SU has been a wonderful source of support, development, and fun during my time here at Bath, and I would love to be a part of giving back and improving the experience for you all.
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