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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 16/02/2021

    I'm now focusing on the way that the Women's network and all our other networks feed into the representative structures we have here, and how they empower students to make change in their university. I'm also planning Women's History month, and making sure that network events play a key part in that!

     

     

  • 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 16/02/2021

    Lots of work happening here! I've been doing a lot to improve the way in which students contribute to the creation of equitable structures. This includes upskilling welfare officers of clubs and societies, helping create the new Sabbatical officer structure, working with the Race Equality Implementation group on understanding and tackling barriers to student acheivement, and now leading UCL's period project! I'm now the main person in charge of working on getting free and sustainable period products in our bathrooms, and it's become a major thing I work on! I'm also making sure that the interests of women students are properly represented to important UCL stakeholders, ranging from the Provost, to the head of EDI, to the COO.

     

  • 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 16/02/2021

    I've reinvigorated UCL's Equality Diversity and Inclusion team in their work on improving and clarifying the Report & Support portal, as well as the other service they provide. Improving communication of support is happening in many different ways, such as advertising wellbeing events, promoting signposting resources, and working with the team behind AskUCL to better answer student queries about the support they need. 

     

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