Vice President Welfare and Community
Hey SUSU members!
I can’t even begin to describe my excitement and enthusiasm about this opportunity. As is the case for so many people, I’ve had my struggles and my demons in the past, so promoting student welfare, and helping to create a strong community on campus are things I’m incredibly passionate about. Truly, to have a role like this where I can help to make a positive impact on university life would be something I would give my all to for every minute of every day.
Welfare. There is, quite simply, nothing more important than welfare. It is when – and only when – both our physical and mental wellbeing are going strong, that we can reach our full potential as human beings. Unless we can meet those two criteria, we ultimately can’t be happy- and, surely, being happy is what life is all about? Therefore, welfare is of absolute, paramount importance at all stages of our lives- but none more so than when we’re at university, a time of enormous transitions and challenges. This is where SUSU come in.
The fact that SUSU offer a broad range of support services is truly fantastic, and something to be proud of. However, it’s also vital that we cultivate a strong sense of community, promoting equality and diversity to create a welcoming, inclusive and safe environment for all and sharing our collective human spirit to achieve great things together.
And that’s where I come in. As mentioned previously, I am extremely passionate about all this, and would therefore be honoured to be elected as your Vice President – Welfare and Community for next year. I believe I would be an ideal candidate for the role, and would be able to bring so much to it with my enthusiasm and desire to help. As a former Welfare Officer, (and currently the President), for GeogSoc, and a former SUSU Senator, I feel that I have a strong background in advocating students’ welfare at the university and maintaining community spirit, as well as a good working knowledge of welfare provisions here and how SUSU works.
I think that SUSU is already brilliant, but also that every organisation should constantly strive to progress and be better. If elected, I want to be at the heart of this, and would make improving the Union’s housing advice, greenspace provision and marketing of support services (amongst other things) a priority. There are definitely some improvements that can be made, and even where improvement isn’t necessarily needed, we can always strive to be better. As Walt Disney once said, “we keep moving forward, opening new doors and doing new things, because we’re curious”, and I think that same spirit of curiosity is applicable to SUSU’s work- we must always wonder how we can be better.
Thank you for reading all this (I know it’s a lot), and please consider me when you make your choice on which candidate to vote for- it’d really mean the world to me.