A bit about me...
What is your role?
I am the disabled students liberations leader. My role is centered around providing an inclusive and supportive environment for students with disabilities on campus, as well as creating awareness around the issues faced by students with disabilities.
Tell us a bit about yourself...
I am an International Business student (MSc). Having been involved in business for a few years, I felt the need to broaden my knowledge and skills. My greatest strength (and weakness) is my attention to detail. Outside of academics, I have a deep passion for equality, inclusion and diversity.
Why did you run in the elections?
I decided to run in the elections because I strongly believe that change starts from within. I have seen and experienced some of the struggles and limitations faced by students with disabilities, and I am determined to make a positive difference by being a voice for the students with disabilities.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself?
My favourite day of the week is Friday
What are your goals for the year?
To achieve my dreams towards a more aware and inclusive environment for students, my top priorities for the year are:
1. Creating awareness and understanding around disabilities. This is crucial to promote inclusion and eliminate stigma. I plan to organise two disability awareness workshops for students within the year and establish a resource center with information on disability-related topics, support services.
Term 1 Update:
-Organised the first workshop for students to raise awareness of disabilities.
-Visited some departments to address about 60 students to sensitize them of disabilities and support available at birkbeck.
2. Make accessibility a fundamental aspect of our campus design. Conduct accessibility audits and take surveys from students to understand what needs to be met and implement necessary modifications to our facilities.
3. Advocate for the rights and needs of students with disabilities. Develop a feedback mechanism to ensure students can express their concerns and suggestions, ensuring their voices are heard. This will be done by including a feedback widget to our website to collect student feedback
Term 1 Update:
-Conducted a survey as part of my accessibility audit to understand the need of students.
-Currently working on a letter to the VC with the outcomes of the survey.
4. Encourage community building and collaboration. Organise networking events termly to bring students with disabilities together, fostering a sense of community and support. One of these events would be held during the welcoming week to sensitises incoming students of the community and support they can access during their time on campus
5. Promote academic support and empowerment. Organise study groups and mentorship programs specifically tailored to the individual needs of students with disabilities. This is to eliminate the “one size fits all” approach we have towards providing support to students with disabilities.