We run four ‘liberation groups’. These were based on the National Union of Students’ four main liberation campaigns:
- Women Students
- Disabled Students
- BAME (Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) Students, and
- LGBTQ+ Students
UCA students are welcome to take part in any of the four liberation groups, as long as they identify as part of that group – the Women Students’ group is for self-defining women students only, and so on. The groups meet every six weeks, and what they do is up to them: whether it’s organising events, running campaigns, or just catching up and spending time together.
Last year our BAME groups organised the first ever Black History Month at UCA, setting up film screenings, debates, and mini-fairs. The LGBTQ+ groups came together to fundraise for a spot in the 2017 London Pride parade. The Disabled Students’ groups ran an invisible disability awareness campaign, with the campaign badges running out on all four campuses within weeks! The Women Students set up a campus support group, and used their time together for discussion and socialising.
The possibilities are down to the students who get involved, and each group might change a little every year.
The LGBTQ+ and Disabled Students’ groups are co-ordinated by Vice-President Kent, Riley Clowes, and the BAME and Women Students’ groups are co-ordinated by Vice-President Surrey, Simone Ziel. While the union oversees these groups, they are ultimately led by the students who take part.
Each of the liberation groups has their own Facebook page:
- UCASU BAME Students
- UCASU Women Students
- UCASU Disabled Students
- UCASU LGBTQ+ Students (this group is secret, but you can be added if you add Riley Clowes on Facebook and send him a message!)
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019
Every October, UCASU celebrates Black History Month. BAME Students’ Liberation groups (with the support of UCA officers and staff) create events, activities and social media content that honours Black History and highlights the achievements of Black people and communities in recent years. Our BAME Students’ Liberation groups are protected spaces for students who are BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) – any BAME student can join for free and can run to be a Liberation leader during Term 1.
If you are a BAME student who is interested in being part of an organising committee for Black History Month 2019, please complete this form and we will be in touch to start planning. We look forward to hearing your ideas and helping you to make them a reality!
For any further info about liberation groups, email our Student Voice Coordinator, Taylor Kane (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the relevant Vice-President: