As an SU, we are keenly aware of the diverse experiences of our members, and we are particularly aware that some members are significantly more disadvantaged than others. Whether it’s racism, homophobia, misogyny, transphobia, ableism or other similar kinds of discrimination, many of our students face oppression in our society. We aim to fight against this oppression, and to fight for the liberation of marginalised groups.
UEA SU has 5 'Liberation Officers' who are responsible for supporting and campaigning to improve the welfare of specific liberation groups. Find out more here.
Liberation Caucuses and Assemblies
UEA SU has Caucuses and Assemblies for different marginalised groups within our student community. These are safe spaces where women, LGBT+ students, BME students, students with disabilities or other groups can come together, share experiences, develop SU policy about their concerns, advocate for their own interests and discuss their oppression in a safe environment.
Find out more about our Liberation Caucuses here.
Some of our Liberation-related campaigns are:
- Shut Down Hate Crime: a UEA SU priority campaign in 2016-17 which aims to build community relationships to help tackle hate crime, oppose programs that encourage racism and xenophobia like Prevent and push for more accessible and transparent reporting procedures for hate crime.
- Liberating UEA: our campaign for a more inclusive campus.
- Transforming Equality: our SU-wide strategic vision to improve equality and diversity in everything we do.
- Black History Month: Our annual effort to promote knowledge of Black History, Culture and Heritage, heighten the confidence and awareness of Black people to their cultural heritage and support the struggles of black people.
Over the year, UEA SU marks a number of Awareness Weeks and Months. Click here to find out more.
Peer Support Groups
UEA SU is also home to a variety of peer support groups, some dedicated to specific liberation groups. Our peer support groups are: