Hello lovely people! I’m Yasmin, your Co-president for Welfare and Campaigns for the next year and I’m so excited to get to know you all.
The past year has been really tough on our community, we ended our spring term with 4 weeks of strikes, had to act quickly to adapt to a global pandemic and face up to the insecure conditions so many of our community live in. However as the global uprising we saw emerge in the midst of this crisis has proved, we are resilient. It is in these difficult times that we gain a clarity of what actually matters in life and start to look to our own hands for power.
How we stand up to the intersecting systems of oppression that structure our daily lives should be a transformative and liberating process, but that doesn’t discount how difficult and draining it can be. That is why it is important to rest and put time aside to heal. Our position as students at university has so much radical potential if we give ourselves space to imagine a truly liberated and accessible education and than channel our efforts towards manifesting it. What that looks like is different for all of us and we need to broaden our perceptions of what ‘taking action’ looks like. The moment we see something that bothers us and no longer sit by, but actually feel empowered to do something about it is transformative, that process is what we should centre. That also means being conscious of our positionality, checking ourselves, reflecting on our experiences and actively making sense of them but always protecting our hearts.
The vision I have for the SU and the year ahead is incomplete because you guys, the community, have to be a part of it and it can only be liberating if it is collective. Please get in touch on my emails or via social media, in any means you can at the capacity you are able to and always rest assured that I’ve got your back along with the other sabbatical officers and our amazing exec team. Here’s to a year of chipping away at the oppressive structures that try to control our lives while transforming ourselves, the struggle continues!