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Describe your role at Cambridge SU:

As BME Officer, my main responsibilities are to lead the SU BME Campaign to represent, support, and advocate for all students of colour at the University, and to make sure that the SU is placing anti-racism at the forefront of all its campaigning.


Why did you run for this role?

I helped to campaign for the creation of this role and later ran for it because during my time on the BME Campaign committee, I saw how the burden of anti-racist work tended to fall mostly on BME students, and how issues of race and racism were often sidelined or overlooked in student activism more generally. I wanted to bring BME students’ concerns and priorities to the forefront of the SU’s campaigning, and embed the activism of BME students in the institutional memory of the SU so that it’s not lost to the rapid rate of student turnover and burnout. 


What are your top priorities this year?

My top priorities for the year are to address the disproportionate effects of coronavirus-related disruption for BME students, and build stronger links between the SU, J/MCR BME Officers, and anti-racist activists and campaigners. I also want to campaign for improved anti-racism training for students and student-facing staff, as well as targeted mental health support for BME students, changes to racial harassment complaints procedures, and action on the Black Attainment/Awarding Gap. 


What did you study?

I studied History at Magdalene College. 


What do you do when you’re not at Cambridge SU?

When I’m not working, I enjoy reading, cooking, and watching television. 


Favourite place in Cambridge?

The Botanical Gardens and Zoology Museum are great places to spend free time and study.




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