“I believe in the power of fun” June Bellebono
Blessings xo I am SO xXxcited 2 be serving as a Sabbatical Officer this year alongside a team of incredible beings for a student’s union filled with change making baddies, movers n shakers <3333
My time at this inherently violent colonial institution would have been hell if it wasn’t for the blessing that were the Activities and Events organised by the SU and it’s student societies.
This year in my role post lockdown cause we still in a panorama, I am prioritising care, activism and enjoyment especially for Queer, Trans, Intersex, Disabled and Working Class People of the Global Majority; without us SOAS wouldn’t be 5H!ttttT.
There’ll be online and in real life opportunities and events spanning from Live Music events, creative art workshops, conversations and many more offerings that centre joy @ their heart.
I protect and serve Art and the African Mind, SOAS Palestine Society, SOAS Disabled Student’s Society & Trans* Dignity at SOAS ((((((check them out))))))
For folks who would like to run an event or start a society, do not hesitate to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
#AltBlax #ExistenceIsResistance #YIAKL #FreePalestine #QueerKidsRunTheUniverse #BlackHistoryIsBritishHistory #FireHabib
Sports & Societies
The Sports and Societies Section of the SU Website is a shambles!! I'll make it my prerogative that it is kept updated, informative and easily accessible for all.
Engage all students in the role by being an easy point of contact for society presidents and committee members: WhatsAppSO group vibes
Advocate & Fundraise for any SOAS society that wants to grow and expand, especially including Trans* dignity at SOAS, Disabled Students Society, SOAS Palestine Society, Art and the African Mind.
Bi-monthly virtual check-ins with new society presidents & committee members!
Encourage cross-cultural collaboration with cultural societies.
Fostering new opportunities for part-time, postgraduate and mature students by working closely with the relevant part-time officers
Liaise with the Sports Officer to ensure that sports teams have adequate support
Explore ways to improve Sports participation for QTIBIPOC and disabled students
Activism & Events
I don’t believe in experts, but I do believe in passing the mic to those who know what they’re talking about. This role would provide me with the resources to organise events with key speakers and organisers on topics such as Colorism, African Spirituality, voluntourism, abolition and decolonising economics.
Sustainable funding x fundraising - Hear from QTIBIPOC led groups and organisations on how to source sustainable funding for projects and organisations #WHERETHEMONEYRESIDES
However, bring in a range of QTIBIPOC facilitators and community organisers to host and run events for all students, centring such intersecting identities.
Put the 'A' back into SOAS & not just during Black History month #BLACKHISTORYISBRITISHHISTORY
Activities and Enjoyment
Blended learning will be provided with activities such as fortnightly virtual creative writing, drawing, poetry and creative workshop.
Collaborate better with SOAS Radio to foster SOAS homegrown talent - learn how to host Podcasts, DJ & more
Instagram/Facebook live takeovers by artists, performers and DJ’s across the country & world.
Every Month hold live music and spoken word evenings
Collaborate with community gardens to get SOAS students outside..
Decolonising the Archive
Keep up to date with the work I'm up to by checking out my Officer Blog!