WHAT ARE IDENTITY COMMUNITIES?
Under the umbrella of Communities, we have four ‘Identity Communities’. These were based on the National Union of Students’ four main liberation campaigns:
- Women Students
- Disabled Students
- BAME (Black and Minority Ethnicities) Students, and
- LGBTQ+ Students
You can take part in any Identity Community you identify into – the BAME Students Community is for black or minority ethnicity students only, LGBTQ+ Students Community is for students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer+ only, and so on. Our Women Students Community is trans-inclusive.
The Communities calendars will include a wide range of activities and events for Identity Communities, including coffee mornings, debates or discussions, film nights, activism, History Months and much more. You can sign up to get regular updates on an Identity Community by clicking the link at the bottom of that Community’s page, or you can volunteer to be an Activator and help us plan and make your Community a fun and supportive space for students.
We want these Communities to be led by you, so we are always open to your suggestions for activities or campaigns. You can contact your President or Activator with ideas, or take a lead on it by volunteering as one of the Activators.
Every year our BAME Students Communities celebrate Black History Month, setting up film screenings, debates, socials, mini-fairs and more. The LGBTQ+ Students Communities come together yearly to fundraise for our spot in the Pride in London parade, which we have proudly taken part in since 2017. The Disabled Students Communities ran an invisible disability awareness campaign, with the campaign badges running out on all four campuses within weeks! The Women Students Communities set up a campus support group, and used their time together for discussion and socialising.
The possibilities are almost endless, and each year will look different depending on what you tell us you want from your Communities.
Identity Communities for the Surrey campuses (Farnham and Epsom) are overseen by President Surrey, and the Kent campuses (Canterbury and Rochester) are overseen by President Kent. They plan the calendars of activities for Identity Communities, with ideas and support from Activators.
If you’d like to take part in any Communities you can go along to any activities with no commitment. You can also sign up for updates on each Community’s page, or sign up to become an Activator.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2019
Every October, UCASU celebrates Black History Month. BAME Students Community (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 Community are protected spaces for students who are BAME (Black and Minority Ethnicities) – any BAME student can attend Community activities for free.
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 Head of Membership Engagement, Sophie Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the relevant President: