Hello! I’m Riddi Viswanathan, your first full-time International Students’ Officer. I am an international student from India and a graduate in Business Studies and Economics. I am passionate about entrepreneurship, journalism & media and music. I am also a voracious reader.
Last year, I had the honour of representing you as your diversity officer and we, together, ran buzzing campaigns, celebrated festivities and empowered student voice. Thank you for choosing to re-represent with me this year. I aspire to make the Students’ Union a home to all you international students who have travelled miles away from your families.
Your International Students' Office, Riddi Viswanathan, is also a member of the NUS International Students' Committee, NUS Society and Citizenship committee and the National Executive Council (NEC). While working for you all at Manchester, Riddi also influences the government and the national organisations to pass policies in favour of international students. Here is a report of what she has done nationally to support international students.
The international student journey is not always polished. It is indeed a roller coaster ride and in the process, the voices of international students are often lost. To represent the under-represented, we, at Manchester SU, formed the ‘International Student Network’ to make concerns of international students heard. With the incredible support of students and staff, we now have a full-time officer dedicated to voice the issues facing international students. International students are still under-represented nationally and I am passionate about supporting international students to become the change agents in their unions, at their institutions and at the parliament.
The Students’ Union, to me, is an all-in-one package- a home where I have made lifelong friends, an entertainment hub, a platform which has developed me by providing me with opportunities to get involved in volunteering, part-time jobs, societies, sports and media but most importantly, it is place which builds vibrant, committed, radical student leaders who change the world and inspire those around them to make a difference.