Gioia Scazza
Gioia Scazza

Democracy and Education

Gioia Scazza




Hello hello! I’m Gioia (they/them/she) and I’m the Democracy & Education Co-President for this academic year. My experience at SOAS as an IR and (former) African Studies student is what made me realise the importance of us, students of the Global Majority, actively contributing to the SOAS community learning experience. It is important for our community to advocate for a decolonised education and speaking out against the hypocrisy of an insitution that claims to offer a decolonised and demarketised education but where there is still not enough representation of the Global South.

My Manifesto

- A ”decolonised curriculum” at SOAS should be inclusive of all areas of the Global South: learning opportunities on our campus should focus on and prioritise the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, Afrika and Abya Yala (Latin America). Instead, most of these areas of studies were recently cut off from the student programs while Western-centric perspectives are still considered.


- Anti-blackness and racism should be addressed, in the ways they impact our Global Majority community, as well as and our education experience. Our learning experience doesn’t start and doesn’t finish in the classroom, and it is important that students are given the space to share knowledge and tell their stories and histories.


- In a big and diverse community like SOAS, it is difficult for all students’ needs to be met, but that does not mean that there is nothing we can do about it! It is the community that makes the university and it is for this reason that it is important for us students to have spaces where we can collectively contribute to the wellbeing of the community. Through fortnightly meetings, student will be given the chance to talk about their thoughts, ideas, proposals, and issues that will be discussed in a friendly space.

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