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Samira was elected Black and Minority Ethnic Students’ Officer in March this year

Take a look at Samira’s manifesto

Give three words to describe yourself:

Passionate, committed and dynamic.

What did you get involved with whilst at UCL?

Since being a fresher, I have been the most heavily involved in the BME Network and the Somali Society. After organising an event during Black Lives Matter Week called “My Neighbourhood is Killing Me,” I went on to become the co-founder and the project leader of the Environmental Justice Project, which is registered under the Volunteering Students Unit.

In my second Year, I was the treasurer of the Somali Society, as well as the secretary of the BME Network. I have co-organised campaigns and lead events throughout the year, including Black History Month, Islamophobia Awareness Month and the Somali Society’s February Fundraiser. My favourite event of the year was “No World Without Black Women,” a gallery space which showcased the artwork created by black women at UCL, representing figures in history which they admire.

What is/was your degree?

Geography

What made you want to stand for office?

I stood for BME Officer because I want a campus where students need not worry about the oppressions of racism, sexism, nor Islamophobia. I want to fight for a UCL which represents a safe, inclusive and positive space for students of colour. For myself, the road to higher education was one of significant difficulty. I want to ensure the transition into university for students from a similar background is one of success, support and belonging. Above all, I hope to build on the hard work of previous BME Officers, whilst laying the foundation for progress to continue beyond my year in office. We should not have to wait for anybody’s permission to exist as we are, nor sit around anticipating uncertain opportunities, as long as we possess the agency and will to create our own.

Tell us a ‘fun fact’ or something that not many people know about you:

I am learning to play the Ukelele.