SUSU does not care about other other religions and cultures - NO post about Holi (Hindu Festival) AGAIN!
Anonymous submitted on
Thursday 21st March 2019
Last year SUSU conveniently forgot to post about Diwali (BIGGEST Hindu festival). Emilly wrote the following reply.
Today is Holi, and yet again the student union has not made any post or remark about it.
Do international student and their cultures not matter? If you are not supposed to post about religious holidays then surely Christmas and Easter would fall under that category too?
If you are paid for a role representing international students, maybe do the job you and make an effort to make an inclusive environment for everyone by respecting all religions and cultures.
Let's keep this space positive and respectful! Feel free to share your thoughts and opinions, but please remember to keep the conversation friendly and avoid any offensive comments.
Emily Harrison submitted on
Friday 12th April 2019
Thank you for your You Make Change submission.
As per my reply to the You Make Change submission following Diwali, I did indeed speak to our marketing and communication team about ensuring there are posts on religious holidays. We sat down and created a calendar. However, it quickly became apparent that there were far too many to reasonably be able to post about every single one. It was felt that it would be worse to post about some and not others.
Additionally, we are trying to ensure that all of our posts have helpful and valuable content to students, such as promoting relevant events and information. We therefore did not want to be merely posting well wishes as that becomes merely a tick box exercise and I am sure students want us to be actually do events and things to celebrate religious holidays, such as Holi, as opposed to merely putting out a post acknowledging it. As such, we have been working with India society to plan and host the Holi Hai event, as we have done for the past few years. This is happening later than the actual day as the society wanted to wait until nicer weather. The reason this event wasn't promoted on Holi itself was because we did not have a definite confirmation of date from the society at the time. You can find a post about this event here: https://www.facebook.com/UnionSouthampton/posts/2333711026674346
Of course we absolutely value our International students and all the holidays they celebrate. For example, last month we hosted Culture Festival, two weeks where we celebrate International culture. This includes our Global Village event, which is always incredibly popular, where International societies showcase their culture with traditional dress, food, games and music in the Concourse (Reception area of Building 42).
As I stated in my previosu reply to the submission following Diwali, we are always keen to work with students on any activities you would like to happen. If you, or any other students, had got in touch previous to Holi and had asked for something specific to happen on the day, we would have been more than willing to work with you/ them on this. However, as mentioned above, the students we were working with on Holi celebrations already did not feel that something specific was needed to go out on the day btu we should wait until confirmed detaisl of the Holi Hai event.
If you would like to discuss this further, please feel free to drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Vice President Student Communities, 2018-19.
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