Election inspiration from a former Officer
We caught up with Tara, who was elected Welfare and Diversity Officer in 2016 and re-elected in 2017 to serve a second term. Tara told us about why she chose to run to be a sabbatical officer and what she’s up to now...
Q. Which Officer were you?
A. I was Welfare and Diversity Officer 2016/17 and 2017/18.
Q. Why did you run for election?
A. I ran because I was Palestine Twinning Officer and Palestine Society President for two years, and I wanted to continue to be a part of the larger body that campaigned on issues I cared about. Also, getting paid to stir up drama seemed like a dream!
Q. What did you achieve during your time as an Officer that you're most proud of?
A. I picked three things (sorry!):
- I introduced Active Bystander Training, the first in the country to pay student trainers.
- I pushed the University to research and publicly release data on the BME Attainment Gap, and got them one step closer to acknowledging they are failing BME Students by refusing to act on the issues they face.
- I got Goldsmiths to commit to create a comprehensive, institution-wide plan for tackling Mental Health.
Q. What are you doing now?
A. I’m studying a Graduate Diploma in Law.
Q. Would you recommend running to be an Officer to a current Goldsmiths student?
A. If you have ideas about how you'd like to change the education system for the better, abolish all fees, and free Palestine, then yes, definitely. You get to meet and campaign alongside some amazing people across the country, but you also get to create opportunities to support those around you and those that come after you.
Nominations are open until Friday 22nd February at midday. Head to goldsmithssu.org/elections and nominate yourself before time runs out.