Manifesto

Candidate for the position of Vice President Welfare & Equal Opportunities

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Keisha Asare

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VOTE KEISHA (She/Her)

 

EVERY SINGLE STUDENT SHOULD FEEL SUPPORTED.

 

INCREASED STUDENT SUPPORT AND WELFARE DURING AND POST PANDEMIC

I resolve to…

  • Work with the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and the Counselling Service to provide you with workshops to help adjust to university life during and post-pandemic.
  • Lobby for next year’s finalists to be given mitigating circumstances.
  • Strengthen the Counselling Service by reassessing the pre-appointment form, and adding the option of choosing a preferred race, sexuality and/or gender of the counsellor.

The benefit of my policies…

  • The pandemic has caused a drastic change in daily life and it is important we are guided by the university and helped to adjust to things we may be anxious about and supported accordingly.
  • I would pressure the university into acknowledging that the pandemic's impact is long-lasting and severe and push them to take the appropriate measures.
  • I aim to streamline the process of reaching out for support and help, and introduce a system to choose a counsellor you feel most comfortable with.

 

INTERCOLLEGE POSTGRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE BUDDY SYSTEMS

I resolve to…

  • Create a buddy system where you can sign up to be paired with another college student who has similar interests to you - so you can arrange Zoom meetings or socially distanced walks!

The benefit of my policy…

  • The aim is to help you to socialise and meet new people outside of your immediate college environment.

 

CLOSING THE GAP AND HELPING ALL STUDENTS VIA WORKSHOPS

I resolve to…

  • Many students, particularly those from working-class backgrounds, struggle with essay writing when they arrive at Oxford. These workshops would provide guidance on essay expectations and how to execute this.
  • Workshops would either be provided by members of faculties or mature students.

   

IMPROVED HANDLING OF ISSUES REGARDING DISCRIMINATION

I resolve to…

  • Produce a formalised consequence for faculty and college members for discriminatory behaviour against students.
  • Lobby for colleges, faculties, and university to have information available to students highlighting the options they have should they experience discrimination.

The benefit of my policies…..

  • Currently, there is no standard consequence for discriminatory actions against students. My policy would hold members of faculty and college accountable for their actions and support those who choose to speak out.
  • The current lack of information and guidance needs to be addressed. Clear guidance and support in speaking out will make an already daunting process slightly easier.