Class Act is the newest Liberation Campaign, but no less important! We represent, support and advocate for all students who have faced any kind of social, educational, cultural or economic disadvantage. This includes lots of different things, from identifying as working class, low income to state comprehensive educated or first generation. It also includes care leavers, estranged students, and those with unstable accommodation or experience of homelessness.
This campaign is very much a continuation of widening participation work, as although there’s a lot of work going into getting students from these backgrounds to apply to Cambridge, there is little support for them specifically once they are here. We firmly believe that access should not end at Admissions.
If you feel like Class Act is a space for you, then it is! You’ll never be asked to explain, or prove, why you belong, and there is no hierarchy of criteria.
But what does Class Act actually do?
We organise events to build communities for Class Act students, coordinate with J/MCR Officers and societies and campaign on issues that matter to our members. This is all organised through Forums, which happen at least twice a term, and an organisational Slack that anyone can join. Forums are spaces for Class Act students to get together, share grievances, express solidarity, and use all of this to fuel the work and policy of the Campaign.
Class Act also exists as a network for students with similar experiences to support each other and discuss issues of class, educational background and socio-economic privilege which can often feel taboo in the rest of Cambridge. We aim to build communities of care and compassion, where Class Act students can find solidarity and support. Part of this is our plethora of intersectional group chats and events.
We have committee roles that represent various intersectional groups: BME, Disabled, International, LGBT+ and Women and Marginalised Genders. We also have committee members for First Generation students, as well as Care-Experienced, Homeless and Estranged Students. There is a Facebook group chat for each and every one of these, and at least one event per term for each of the groups too!
To stay connected with us, check out our LinkTree for links to all our social media pages, and our super busy Facebook group!
Class Act Committee, until Easter 2021: (correct March 2021)
President: Amy Bottomley (she/her, at806)
Vice President: Alex Roberts (he/him, ar983)
Secretary: Emily Marriott (she/her, elm64)
Treasurer: Suri Singhania (he/him, ss2559)
Welfare Officers: Sophie English (she/her, sge25), Eleanor Connell (she/her, efc36)
Events Officer: Shihab Basit (he/him, sudbab2)
Computing & Publicity Officer: India Marshall (she/her, ilm24)
Campaigns Officers: Charley Barnard (she/they, cb973), Kirstie Goodchild (she/her, kg449)
Disabled Students’ Officer: Anna Freed (she/her, asf46)
BAME Officer: Florida Parvin (she/her, fnp20)
Women’s & Marginalised Genders’ Officers: Hope Liversidge (she/her, haml3), Frances Whittaker (she/her, ffw23)
LGBT+ Rep: Bradley Thompson (he/him, bjt48), Nat Abbott (she/her, nja43)
International Officer: Beritane Cheikhi (she/her, bc486)
Care Experienced, Homeless & Estranged Students Officers: Charley Barnard (she/they, cb973), Josie Keam (she/her, jk746)
First Generation Students’ Officer: Kirstie Goodchild (she/her, kg449)
Graduate Students' Officer: Lucy Thompson (she/her, lt447)