Race Equality Officer

Lea Balint My name is Lea Balint. I am a second year Sociology student, and I was born and raised in Hungary. Today, Hungary’s second largest party in parliament is openly racist, inciting hatred against the Roma, Jewish, LGBT, and several other communities. Over the last couple of years, I had to experience how my […]

Lea Balint

WP_20150220_15_16_45_ProMy name is Lea Balint. I am a second year Sociology student, and I was born and raised in Hungary. Today, Hungary’s second largest party in parliament is openly racist, inciting hatred against the Roma, Jewish, LGBT, and several other communities. Over the last couple of years, I had to experience how my country turned to the far right, and how offensive discourse became the norm in a society which used to be a praised for its transition to democracy.

I understand what it feels like to be a target of discrimination, and how unfair it is to be valued even a tiny bit less for your ethnicity or religion (or anything else for that matter). I came to know what it’s like to have to fight for yourself.

I believe in the idea of multiculturalism. I know how important it is within the university setting, since it contributes greatly to the quality of our education and the type of people we become. I have a passion for equality, and I strongly believe that fighting to protect each other is our common duty. With your support, I want to make this university a safer haven for all.

Tracy Duah

10891501_10202527409305141_7033826566139326217_nHello everyone!

I’m Tracy, a third year German student actively involved in promoting racial equality and cultural diversity, both on and off campus.

My experience:

  • Having Ghanaian parents and spending my childhood in Holland and the UK, I have constantly been surrounded by cultural diversity. This has enabled me to have a better understanding of people from various backgrounds and helped me develop awareness of issues such as racial and cultural discrimination.
  • As Intersectionality Officer for GU FemSoc, I was responsible for ensuring that those underrepresented in feminist spaces had the opportunity to express themselves. I also helped organise various events such as Hearing Voices; a series of talks where people shared their experiences as minorities in a privileged environment.

If elected, I will:

  • Combat racism in all its forms on campus
  • Have open surgeries for students to share their concerns about racial issues on campus
  • Partner with all student bodies to ensure that racial discrimination is dealt with
  • Promote events that celebrate diversity, such as Black History Month, international potlucks, etc.
  • Work closely with other Welfare Officers to ensure that students are represented at all times
  • Have workshops on issues concerning ethnic minorities, such as micro-aggressions, cultural appropriation, etc.

Aurora Piergiaromi

11000841_10205937152573612_792301643_oHello everyone!

I’m Aurora, a 1st year Spanish & Public and Social policy student.

I’d be more than happy to be your Race Equality Officer, but to do so I need your help too!
I’m running for this position because I believe that race, cultural and religious discrimination is still a major issue in Britain. As a race equality officer, I’ll do my best to ensure that nobody is discriminated for his/her ethnic and cultural affiliation.

PERSONAL BACKGROUND:

I attended school in Italy where I’ve always been active in student representation. I studied in the Netherlands as well, and volunteering in a youth exchange organisation helped me to develop an ethno-relative outlook and cultural awareness.

IF ELECTED, I WILL:

  • Make sure that university and government’s policies for race equality are constantly applied and that discrimination is properly reported and monitored by the university;
  • Raise consciousness about the officer’s role and current legislation in order to help students to denounce discrimination;
  • Support and organise activities to promote cultural understanding and integration (also cooperating with clubs and societies);
  • Help to create a friendly environment where everyone feels free to express their race, religion and ethnicity without being marginalised.