Hi, my name is Joel and I’m campaigning to be your BME Officer for 2021/22, so I can show off our True COLOURs!
I’m a third year English Literature and Classics student. When I’m not working on essays I can be found reading fantasy literature, making memes (this actually takes up a lot of my time), and doing my best to help spread messages of anti-racism and other social issues close to my heart.
Why am I running?
Over the past year the importance of speaking up against racism and empowering BME voices has never been clearer.
Following the surge in the BLM movement last year, I co-founded with my sister and cousin the FB Page “SODZI” to write articles on racism within our society and share our personal experiences. I was also able to appear on some podcasts discussing these issues.
As a EUSA employee for 2 years I am familiar with the inner workings of the Students Union. I am a seasoned debater, so speaking up for the BME community is not daunting and I am also used to navigating bureaucracy from my experience with charities such as the Bethany Christian Trust in which I have helped vulnerable people from a wide range of socioeconomic backgrounds.
My experience in discussing racism both in writing and discussion will be invaluable as a Liberation Officer and I want to use my remaining time in Edinburgh to really make a difference. We have a long way to go, but I know that I have the skills and desire to improve the experiences of current and future BME Students at Edinburgh University.