The Community Wardens help to maintain positive relations in areas with high densities of students, represent students at community meetings, and organise local initiatives. They work with many organisations, from Council's Waste and Recycling Team to Oxford Brookes' student wardens, in order to streamline local initatives and integrate students into the local community.
I’m pursuing a DPhil in Information, Communication, and the Social Sciences at the Oxford Internet Institute (my research is on the rhetoric and resonance of Brexit tweets). This is my sixth year living in Oxford: I’m at Balliol College, and used to be at Pembroke and Lincoln. I became a community warden in 2014 and am now the senior warden, which means I have the privilege of guiding both teams and all of their superb initiatives (including events, newsletters, and campaigns). I also work on developing our higher-level strategy and vision, based upon years of analytics, and expanding our online presence. The role is as intense as it is inspiring, and it has really broadened my perspective on life outside the college system. There is far more to Oxford than dreaming spires and gowned scholars.
I'm a third-year Earth Scientist at Teddy Hall. I'm from Somerset, a county in the South West of England. I was motivated to become a community warden going into my second year living out as a student, as I want to maintain good relations between students and residents. I currently live out in the East Oxford area with my partner who isn’t a student; I feel this puts me in a great position to understand both student and resident issues in the local area. I also have previous experience as a community volunteer and as a leader in a climbing centre.
I'm a DPhil student in Modern Greek at St John's, and I live on St Clements. I've been in Oxford nearly 10 years—in that time I've come to love this city hugely. Having taken a year out of my studies last year to work as a Sabbatical Officer at Oxford SU I wanted to give back to the wonderfully welcoming and vibrant local community in East Oxford. I'm interested in social justice, local organising, and advocacy on issues such as mental health and liberation, as well as cooking and preserving things, and living ethically and sustainably.
Tak Huen Chau
I'm from Hong Kong and am reading PPE at Merton. It has been incredibly rewarding being a community warden so far. The warmth and neighbourliness from students living out and Oxford residents really validate the value of our work in bridging the distance between these two groups. I can never resist herbal tea and a nice chat about politics, especially if it takes place in Port Meadow. I’m also trying to get better at playing the game of Go.
South Carolina is my home, and I'm currently seeking to obtain my Bachelor of Theology from Wycliffe Hall. I'm thrilled to be a community warden for Jericho: it's such an exciting way to better get to know and love my neighbors here in Oxford! Before joining the program, I worked as a fundraiser for my undergraduate alma mater, New York University. While there, I studied Spanish and spent the summer working on a pineapple farm in Ticuantepe, Nicaragua. I love swimming, daisies, and Bruce Springsteen. I'm excited to be a part of the Jericho neighborhood team, and I can't wait to plan activities for the students and residents of the community!
I am a postgraduate student from Liverpool, studying for a masters in English at Keble College. However, I am not new to Oxford, having studied here for three years between 2013 and 2016. I have lived all over Oxford, from the city centre to Jericho, Cowley Road, and Marston, where I currently live in a privately rented house-share. I wanted to become a community warden because I believe in building stronger links between students and those with whom we share this city. I have already learned a lot myself, whether that be about neighbourhood problems or which bin to put polystyrene in (the green one). If you meet us on your doorstep, I am probably the tall one.
I'm a second-year Biological Sciences student at St. John's. I'm originally from North Wales but spend most of the year in Oxford. The community warden scheme is a great way to foster positive relations between the residents and students of Oxford. A focus on community has always been important in the charitable initiatives that I have been involved in, especially in secure housing projects for vulnerable families. As a result of the work I have done in the past, and strengthened by my time as a community warden, I will be entering the police force after graduation.
I am a fourth-year Chemist studying at St Anne's. Having been a student in Oxford for a long time, I am only too aware of the importance of the successful social integration of students into residential areas. I have been living in Jericho for the last eighteen months. I think that the local residents should view students as an enhancement to life in Oxford, but this is not always so easy. The scheme is in a strong position to bring confidence to the residents that they are being heard, and in turn this will make University life for students more rewarding. I am London born and bred, a keen cook, and love playing rugby and tennis.