I’m Kai O’Doherty, your Vice President Welfare for 2018/19. I am a Masters student in Policy Studies at the University, having moved here in September 2016. Before I came to Edinburgh I studied Political Science & International Development at McGill University in Quebec, but I am originally from the small island of Bermuda.
Welfare has always been incredibly close to my heart, with a history of activism in Bermuda, Canada and Scotland in social and environmental justice. At McGill, I supported and advocated for sexual assault survivors, and coordinated trainings to thousands of first year students on areas of sexuality, gender, consent, race and colonialism, and supporting issues of fair working conditions.
Since arriving in Edinburgh, I have been the LGBT+ Liberation Officer at this Students' Association in 2016/17, Vice President Activities & Services in 2017/18, and am now NUS Scotland's LGBT+ Officer in addition to VP Welfare. And yes, I will eventually finish my Masters degree once this year is over!