“Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone, who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy” Audre Lorde
Hi Soasians! I’m Halimo, Your Co-president of equality and liberation. As you’ll soon find out SOAS is a unique and charismatic place, as a student here you are bound to form relationships and memories that will stay with you long after you leave. There may be times that you face difficulties, and that’s where me and my fellow co-presidents come into the mix. We hope to help and guide you throughout your time within this institution, to create an environment that is conscientious and hospitable to every member of our community.
The university is a microcosm of wider society and this means that the fight for equality and liberation is as much of a necessity here as it is within the wider world. Students have a rich and long tradition of being at the forefront of these struggles against structural inequalities. Whether it is fighting against the exploitation of staff or pushing for a more representative decolonial education, your voice is paramount to the growth and success of campaigns such as Justice for workers, Decolonising SOAS, Democratise SOAS as well as many others. So get involved, attend UGM’s, Protests 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.
University can be so much more than lectures, essays and exams. Your time outside of the classroom has the potential to be just as formative and it is these experiences beyond the four walls of a classroom that are most likely to help you develop the tools to critically engage with your community and change it for the better.