.Representation

Halima Jibril

BAME Officer

Key Points

  • Address mental health issues for BAME students
  • Create a more Intersectionality community for all BAME students
  • Persevere a constant dialogue with the university to amend issues
  • Organise a regular focus group to share views and frustrations
  • Promote events and diversity in the arts

Reni Eddo-Lodge once said “if you’re disgusted by what you see and if you feel the fire coursing through your veins, then it’s up to you. It doesn’t matter what you do, as long as you’re doing something.” This is one of the reasons why I joined the Feminist Committee, and this is why I want to be BAME Officer. If there's something I can do to help and support marginalised people, I want to do it. I, like many other people of colour, existing in predominantly white spaces have felt out of place, frustrated and sometimes a little bit lost. A lot of the time, there is a lack of support for students of colour and our particular needs. As BAME Officer I want to identify any and all issues BAME students may have and face, promote important cultural events, create a more intersectional community and just generally making University a happier and more comfortable place for BAME students to flourish. As people of colour, are issues are deep and complex and aren’t all the same, but what I want to do as BAME officer is to listen to all your issues and concerns, learn from you and really make a difference at Southampton for every single one of us.