Chris’s July Update
Chris’s July Update
Introducing your President of Wellbeing & Diversity 2021/22!
It’s been 5 months since election night back in February and I’ve finally begun my term as your President of Wellbeing and Diversity at York St John Student’s Union. I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by – I’m beyond excited to start in this post, get working on delivering my manifesto, and working with such an amazing group of students at York St John as well as the team in the Student’s Union.
My first month of work has been full of introductions with the staff at York St John where myself and the Sabbatical Officer Team discussed our manifestos and how the various staff members could assist us in delivering on our pledges. It was incredible to see how keen everyone was to hear our manifestos. As well as meeting the staff, we also met our new Chancellor Reeta Chakrabati who came to campus for a tour of the university as well as the SU building – this was a fantastic experience and it was brilliant to meet our Chancellor in person as opposed to through Teams or Zoom!
Hedgehog Friendly Campus Work
One of the first meetings I sat on was with the Grounds Team and the Estate Management and Development Team who are working hard to ensure that the campus at YSJ is hedgehog friendly and are following actions in order to make it even more hospitable than it already is. We co-signed a letter to Rachael Maskell MP asking for her support for a bill that aimed to protect Hedgehogs. We are also in the process of planning volunteering events for students at YSJ to get involved with to aid this work.
Meeting with Part-Time Officers
Over the past few weeks, I reached out to and started meeting with the new Liberation Officers to discuss both our manifestos in order to see how I could assist them with achieving their goals this academic year. These were very productive and I look forward to working with the Part-Time Officers!
Throughout the first month, myself and the Sabbatical Officers underwent training to help us as we begin our new roles. These involved sessions on: What is YSJSU?, Campaigns: Priorities and Making Impact, Social Media Best Practice, and Representation and Diversity. These sessions were incredibly helpful and will enable us to understand how to better support students at York St John.
Throughout the month the Sabbatical Team did ‘takeovers’ of both the York St John Student’s Union and the main York St John Instagram accounts where we introduced ourselves, explained our roles and the role of YSJSU, as well as answering your questions.