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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 27/05/2021

    I have now been working on a document for the new Women's officers to help them run the women's network when they come into position in July. I hope that they will be able to have a broad range of events, both within the network itself and collaborating with other liberation networks and gender activism societies. 

     

  • 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 27/05/2021

    The period project is just a few weeks away from launch! I went along with some of the key people in charge across UCL to find the best place to put in these machines. Unfortunately, due to the narrowness of some of those corridors, some of the machines will have to end up being in a women's bathroom, but the ones in the student centre, bidborough house etc will be openly available. I know that isn't as universally trans inclusive as I had hoped, but it should mean that there is at least somewhere that everyone who bleeds will be able to access free menstrual products. These products will also be sustainable, as they are part of a joint initiative between the SU and sustainable UCL. 

  • 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 27/05/2021

    I have been working with UCL on a comprehensive review of all the harassment reporting procedures, and on what UCL can do to improve them. I presented to them about the main reasons why students choose not to report  bullying or harassment formally, and the different things that I thought they could do to make the process better and easier to navigate. We also just got the Respect and Inclusion module past the first round of approvals, so hopefully by the 2022 academic year, every student enrolling in UCL will have already completed a module making them aware of their rights and responsibilities as a student here, including consent training! 

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