Manifesto

Candidate for the position of Disabled Students' Officer

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Bamidele Soyoye

WHO AM I?

I am BAMIDELE SOYOYE,  a vibrant 3rd year student of Politics and International Relations with passion for the wellbeing and welfare of all students with seen and unseen disabilities.

EXPERIENCED, PASSIONATE AND A PROVEN ACHIEVER

Accomplished mature student, former Student Rep, trained Active Bystander and Dedicated Listener, who has previously drafted and moved the Motion to Support a More Accessible Goldsmiths University  that was subsequently adopted by the Student Assembly on the 31st of January 2018.  The Motion contributed to the execution of major improvements works to the library entrance and other places within the University for students with limited mobility and impairments. Ready to build on that to do more.

As a Radio Show host  at the  Wired Radio, I have used my slot on Saturday mornings to highlight the achievements of the disabled students despite their challenges, inviting current students with disabilities to talk about career plans and personal development programmes.

THE GOAL

- Introduce an awareness week to remind disabled students when they must sign up for their Disabled Student Allowance and Disabled Students Bursary.

-Publicise and enlarge the weekly drop-in sessions at the SU liberation room (with refreshments and other incentives) to provide an open and safe space for disabled students to discuss any problems they may have.

-Compile an easy-to-use directory of support services, for ease-of-access to anyone who needs support with the aim of promoting understanding and removing stigma.

 -Special focus  on the many students, usually forgotten such as those with Sickle Cell Anaemia, specific learning difficulty, for example dyslexia, ADHD, and other mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression.

-Work with the inclusion teams at the Library, the Student Union and the Students Affairs office to highlight the needs of all Disabled students, ensuring that the available facilities  such as  the lifts, the ATC rooms in the library are improved, and that the disabled toilets, currently not always available, are better and fit for purpose.

My experience and ability to interact with all age groups with diverse backgrounds puts me in good stead to promote the interest of the Disabled Students and make sure that their voices are heard,  where it matters.

YOUR VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR INCLUSIVITY and YOUR VOICE WHERE IT MATTERS