Hey! I’m Youssra and I’m your new Co-President Equality and Liberation, and I look forward to getting to know all of you over the course of the year!
There are huge inequalities in the world we live in, and therefore SOAS naturally (but unfortunately) reflects many of these these prejudices. My (very broad) title essentially means that I am here to help liberate marginalised groups. Be it ableism, classism, homophobia, racism, sexism or transphobia, I hope to challenge both the institutions in which these exist as well as creating spaces where marginalised groups can convene and make plans for meaningful progress. I want to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, where all students feel able to access the help they need. Essentially, I want to help students fight The Man.
Your time at SOAS will be so much more than reading, essays and exams and your time outside of lectures can be just as beneficial and provide just as many opportunities as those in the classroom. Your involvement is paramount to the growth and success of campaigns such as Justice for Workers, Enough is Enough, Decolonising SOAS, and Democratise SOAS - as well as many others
Your voice and action is so important in helping shape the future of SOAS, whether it’s what campaigns are prioritised or making changes to the way the union is run, we need you! Use the privileged space of university to challenge and fight the power structures and voices that dominate our society.
So get involved, attend UGM’s, protest on the SOAS steps, join a society, run in elections! If you don’t know where to start, come and see us in our office (G8) - you are always welcome.