1. Why did you get involved with the SU?
Throughout my time as a student I experienced things as a woman, academically and in everyday life, which proved to me beyond doubt that patriarchy still persists. I focused on gender issues in my History and Politics degree, and grew a real desire to pursue gender equality and political education, displace myths about gender, and fight intersecting forms of oppression that persist today.
2. If you could achieve one thing in your year as an officer, what would it be?
My main manifesto pledge was to bring more voices into the gender equality discussion at UoM in a non-patronising way. I want to prove to people that ‘feminism’ isn’t a dirty word. I really believe that destigmatising the word ‘feminist’ will make everyone who experiences gendered oppression feel safer and more empowered.
3. Who’s your icon?
My mum, my sister, the friends I surround myself with. They inspire me everyday. If I had to pick someone famous though, Regina Spektor. Musical genius.
4. Away from student politics, what do you like to do?
I was absolutely engrossed in the University A Capella Scene. I love singing and I think A Capella music Is beautiful, creative, and powerful. Me and some friends are going to set up an alumni group this year.
5. What’s your best memory of being a student at UoM?
Something A Capella Society related. We did a cabaret show during my third year and it was really small and intimate but is a really amazing memory.
6. What’s your proudest moment?
Again A Capella. We got through to the finals of a nationwide competition and the moment when we found out we got through was really special. Getting elected as Women’s Officer is also something I’m really proud of.
7. What are you going to do for me, the average UoM student, to improve my everyday life?
I think it’s impossible to define the ‘average’ UoM student, which is part of what makes UoM such an amazing place to be. As a representative of women students though, I really intend to focusing on student safety in a range of ways: making our streets safer, making bars around University safer by talking more openly about consent and sexual misconduct, working with my fellow officers to get the University to divest from various trades, and working to make the curriculum and careers more inclusive. It’s something I’m so passionate about and I promise I will do my absolute best.