Women in Sport (joint with the President & VP Women)
Concentrating primarily on two areas; women and disability sport. Working in collaboration with the Oxford SU VP Women to bring This Girl Can to Oxford, lobby for equality in both the blues system and varsity matches, and establish better opportunities for women, and those with complex gender identities which include woman, to become involved in sport at Oxford. Working in collaboration with the Oxford SU VP Welfare and Equal Opportunities to create a long-term strategy to improve access to physical exercise at Oxford. Starting this year with an awareness raising event, the provision of links and funding opportunities for students with local disability sport teams, and an assessment of the accessibility of our sporting venues.
Lobbying to develop welfare mapping projects across the colleges and university, with gaps being identified and addressed
Working with stakeholders (e.g. through reps, in college governing bodies) and interested researchers to continue to push the concept of mapping the available resources, so incoming and existing students are able to identify which services they can utilize.
Equality and Diversity Community(joint with VP women)
Hosting a conference-style event to enable individuals to share good practice, with regards to equality, diversity and liberation issues at the university and beyond. It will also enable the development of a network of representatives across the collegiate university, to work more collaboratively on events, activities and initiatives. At present, common room officers in liberation, equality and/or diversity roles are not a cohesive or supported network of students. Ed-Com will provide an opportunity for relevant common room officers to meet, train and support one another to foster a collaborative network of officers working toward equality in order that their future projects have greater impact in the collegiate University.
Lobbying to diversify assessment processes (joint with the President & VP Access and Academic Affairs)
This forms part of a longer project and conversation; it’s likely to not be completed this year. However, we will be working in various capacities to continue pushing this suggestion.
Addressing the race attainment gap (joint with VP Access and Academic Affairs)
Working with newly set-up university committees and relevant campaign (both locally and nationally) to develop strategies to better support students during their time as a student.
Enhancing study skills support for students (joint with VP Access and Academic Affairs)
Working with various departments and individuals to find out what is necessary to ensure students feel able to contribute and participate fully. This may include working to further develop the MCR/JCR mentoring programmes. This is likely to not be completed in the year.
Feminism in Theory and in Action Conference
Hosting a conference concerning the broad scope of feminist thought and particularly, how to put these theories into action concerning a number of different issues (e.g. tackling homelessness, developing anti-racist activism). This will include collaboration with CUSU, the Oxford SU campaigns and various existing societies.
Developing training packages for Welfare Officers further
Developing the current handbooks to be short introductions to the role, and continuing to host ‘Welfare Community’ events, to share good practice between colleges. I will also be developing the previous year’s training for Welfare reps, to include more on the history of welfare-related activism and how this fits into current conversations.
Improving our liaisons with Oxford SU's campaigns and work with other student collectives/societies in our community
Working with the campaigns I sponsor and student collectives/societies on developing strategies and working closely with our SU, in the future. This would particularly be to ensure that their interests are well-represented at all levels of the university.
Lobbying to further diversify provisions from the Counselling Service
Working with the Counselling Services to diversify the Peer Supporter Network further, and continue funding for the central service. In addition, this will include working to improve the provision of different mediums of counselling.
Continuing with 'Freshers' Community', to discuss accessibility during Freshers' Week
Continuing the work last year on trying to improve accessibility of Freshers’ Fair events, and ensure that Freshers’ reps are better equipped to host a number of different styles of events for Freshers week. This should also provide inspiration for other committee reps to follow suit.
Lobbying strongly with relevant national campaigns and opposing policies with discriminatory outcomes
Various initiatives exist in the national sphere which can improve outcomes for students. I hope to work more closely with them in my role, whether that be through providing hosting in Oxford or by supporting lobbying efforts more.
Improving accessibility to sport and physical exercise
In a broader approach to the Women in Sport initiative, I hope to work with the President to consider recommendations to improve access to physical exercise. In addition, the SU hopes to host a local disabled sports organization.
Continuing sexual health screening events
These will hopefully continue in the next year, in collaboration with the NHS services.