As someone who is neurodivergent/disabled and part of the LGBT community, I have experienced first-hand discrimination and feel strongly about preventing it. There is a multitude of laws such as the Equality Act 2010 which makes the university legally obliged to protect students from discrimination, so I will work with SUSU and the university to prevent discrimination and to ensure appropriate action is taken if any form of discrimination does occur. Education is the first action that should be taken. This can help people understand how not to behave and help Societies to learn to identify when discrimination occurs so they can take action on it. Not only will I focus on educating those running the societies but will also aid them in educating others to reduce the likelihood of it occurring in the future. I will create definitions, explanations and examples of discrimination to make it clearer to people how not to behave and to enable societies to recognise discrimination more clearly. However, this will not eradicate discrimination as there are many who refuse to learn or care about others. If it is a matter of ignorance, there will be a focus on education but otherwise, I aim to work with the VP of Welfare to enact a no-tolerance policy for any kind of discrimination. Being strict on this matter could deter people from being discriminatory and protect those who are hurt by their actions. For this, I will also work to enact clear procedures for reporting discrimination that has been witnessed or experienced. This will empower societies to protect students and fight back when required.
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