Education Policy at SOAS Students' Union is led by the
Co-President Democracy and Education
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“Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
Hello! I am Maxine and I am truly looking forward to serving you as the Co-president for Democracy and Education for the next year.
Education is an incredible privilege which can help us to grow, engage with and challenge the world around us. While you are here take every productive opportunity to do just that. Conventional understandings of education can be constrained. However, my favourite aspect of studying at SOAS has been learning in a variety of different spaces from the lecture theatre, to the SU Bar. This type of learning creates well-rounded and critical thinkers, something that makes me very proud to be part of the SOAS community.
It is important that learning occurs bilaterally. Not only should we be receiving information, but we should be contributing and reframing ideas. This is enabled by creating classroom spaces that students feel included and empowered in. For this reason I am a supporter of the inclusive teaching initiative, that encourages departments to establish practices that make education more accessible, particularly for neurodiverse students. Additionally, this means addressing the way structural inequality from wider society seeps into classroom dynamics. The racial attainment gap has been a key concern for me as a student and continues to be so as a sabbatical officer. This year, I will be working to address the reality of racial inequality in higher education as it operates at SOAS.
While we are here, we have the opportunity to be active learners. So critically challenge the ideas that are presented as undisputed and always think creatively.
In power and solidarity.