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em anderson

welfare, community & diversity

why you should run for welfare

As many of you may know, nominations for the upcoming elections are open! There are now just two weeks until nominations close on the 5th of March, so I thought it would be the perfect time to tell you all a bit about what being the Welfare, Community & Diversity officer at uea(su) is like.  


There are a few main parts to my job: I am a campaigner, I make management decisions for the Union and I am a trustee. Considering all three of these, here are what I believe to be the best bits of my job, and why you should nominate yourself for welfare! 


1. Being in this position means that I get the opportunity to influence change within the university. Whether this is on a smaller scale, such as “isoc prayer space” where we improved faith provision on campus, or on a bigger scale, such as getting to work with the university Senate to scrutinise university progress, it all really makes a difference. 


2. I get to work with a variety of people that all care about student transformation in the great open plan office in Union House. 


3. I get to work on projects that I am passionate about, such as when I ran the period poverty drive. 



4. I’m involved in recruitment and help to shape union policy through this 


5. We attend several really interesting conferences throughout the year and there are plenty of training opportunities, for example, in mental health first aid.  


6. This job has provided a lot of opportunities to grow my confidence through presenting and giving talks.