If we are to build a better society for the future generation, then we must fix the many nuances that we are still trying to overcome as it relates to equality within our communities. Every single one of us has a very important role to play as it relates to breaking down the walls of biases, discrimination, and segregation of our people. As Marcus Garvey connotes, “variety is the spice of life and equality means nothing unless it's incorporated into every single institution”. Therefore, it is important to remember that if a person has the ability to perform a task but lacks the essential elements of accountability that in itself is a disability. That being said, I would like to introduce myself as one of the candidates vying for the post of Disability Officer.
F-Friendly A-Attentive B-Bold Y-Youthful E-Experienced O-Optimistic N-Noble (FABYEON) is not just a representation of my name but it is the core principle I represent as your Disability Student Officer . I also intend to build on the successful legacy of previous Disability Officers while creating a pathway for future representatives. This is not a campaign to become popular among the student body, but it is the start of a marathon which includes intersectionality by an unstoppable force through inclusivity and solidarity of others.
Goals and Aims
* Develop a proactive and inclusive student network that garners the support of other students who do not identify themselves as disabled or part of a minority group.
* Continue to campaign on important issues relating to accessibility, accommodation, and preferential treatment so that our voices will always be heard.
* Work with other clubs and societies to make our presence known across the campus where we will become a force to be reckoned with as hope to garner the support of all.
* Ensure weekly drop-ins and maintain active communication among all members to ensure targeted campaigns and initiatives are created to benefit all students, especially those who identify as having a disability.
* Empower activists and build activism that is effective and beneficial to all students while engaging the student body to enhance the Brunel experience by promoting equality and fairness.
* Collaborate with the university to help tackle issues of segregation, mental health, sensory disability, and other important issues that affect persons with or without a disability
* Fight to increase job opportunities for disabled students both within the Student Union and by extension the university.