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Projects and Priorities

  • Revitalise the Women's Network and revive it as a place that supports a vibrant and inclusive community

    Working on it

    I will improve access to Network and Inter-Network Events, and ensure that the Network offers a unique space compared to other spaces and events. I will also diversify the range of activities and events the Network offers, ensuring that the Network is a space that provides opportunities to develop gender-based activism.

    Update 23/11/20

    Continuous weekly events and social media activity on women's officer pages. There are also now elections running for 3 committee members, who will manage media, activism campaigns and run events alongside the Women's Officer. There are emails that go out to students that attend events to create a sense of community, which are addressed from the Women's Officer.

     

  • Women students feel confident and empowered to organise and fight for a liberated society

    Working on it

    I will do this by organising a Town Hall on Full Stop to Sexual Misconduct with the Provost, in addition to improving visibility of and access to the Women's Officer role through social media. I will work with other stakeholders to further this goal, such as with other Liberation Officers to produce tools and information on making clubs and societies more diverse in their membership and activities, and with Academic Societies & Academic Reps to demonstrate the value of more diverse speakers in departmental events.

    In addition to this, I will develop a clear policy on Gender Neutral Toilets in the Union and across UCL, and I will reinstate the pilot of the Free Period Products in toilets across UCL.

    Update 23/11/20

    The gender neutral toilet policy is an ongoing conversation with UCL Estates, but we are getting a lot more gender neutral toilets on campus, with them being a majority at UCL East. The group working on free period products in UCL bathrooms has been relaunched since a 6 month hiatus over the lockdown period, and we are considering other methods to put pressure on bodies outside of UCL to fight period poverty. Women's officer social media is active, and often interacted with, as is interaction between different liberation officers (as seen in collaborations with the LGBT network to raise concerns about the incoming provost, and work with disabled students officers to ). Most of the concerns regarding clubs and society activity has been arrested due to the current pandemic, as they are already strugglying to put on events online, and asking them to widen the range they offer is less possible in these circumstances. However, work on diversifying speakers is happening in conversation with CAM, who organise the annual lunchtime lecture scheme, which is a more open avenue to this that our part time academic representatives, who were only recently elected. Unfortunately, the Town Hall will no longer be happening.

  • Students are better informed about the support and services that make their lives easier

    Working on it

    I will look to achieve this through a variety of initiatives, such as improving the Report + Support Tool and working with the UCL EDI team, to improve awareness of Dignity Advisors. I will also ensure that there is a clear communication structure within UCL, and that information is cascaded across UCL departments and services so that students are effective informed about developments.

    Part of this work will also take place through improving the promotion of certain services that are already available, such as the Union Advice Service and the full range of support available to students through UCL Student Support & Wellbeing (beyond Student Psychological & Counselling Services).

    Update 23/11/20

    Streamlining of the Report + Support tool is a conversation with UCL EDI, which is happening alongside the work being done on the Race Equality Toolkit, which is housed on the same website. Due to slowing movement on this, we are instead producing a guide to the tool from the union end, which should serve the purpose of making the tool easier to understand for students in crisis. I have given workshops to departmental leads through SSW and been in communication with many UCL teams about ensuring that we effectively talk to students. Examples of this are improvements to SSW's social media, trying to create points of contact within departments for student concerns etc. 

Get to know Aarushi

I stood for election because I felt helpless hearing stories about awful experiences as women and non-binary people at UCL so when I saw that the Students’ Union elections were coming up, I did a bit of research. I saw how much change Sabbs have brought in over the last few years and hoped to contribute to that.

This year I mainly want better communication of Union resources (did you know they have an Advice Service that can provide pastoral support for assault survivors and advice on housing, money and academic issues? I didn’t!) and clarify processes after reporting bullying and harassment incidents. I also want to work with the BME and LGBT officers to increase intersectional support across UCL.

Read my manifesto points