Hi, I’m Zara Tahir. I am hoping to be your Equality and Diversity Executive as part of De Montfort University Student’s Union 2021/22.
I am a final year Law, Human Rights & Social Justice (LLB) student with an interest in the workings of gender within the legal system, alongside its impacts on social justice.
Whilst at DMU, I’ve been engaged in several opportunities that have allowed me to witness how education and university life impacts every student uniquely. From being a B.L.A.C.K Law Society Student Executive to a Decolonising DMU (DDMU) Ambassador, to an internship as DDMU’s Student Strand Advisor.
So, what will I do for you in this position?
1. Empower student voices – the student union is yours, it’s a place to have your voice heard. Covid-19 has negatively impacted the attainment gap and student’s mental health. Therefore, I want your opinion on how the Students’ Union can minimise these burdens.
2. Inclusivity - as a woman of colour I’ve seen how students in their courses can feel isolated due to its Eurocentric, middle-class nature. Every student belongs in the seat they are sitting in at DMU and should know they deserve to be here.
3. Safe Spaces – setting up non-judgmental, safe spaces for every student. In particular, minority students. A space where ‘taboo’ labelled subjects can be discussed without intimidating or uncomfortable surroundings.
4. Faculty role models- students need to see people like them on campus. Diversity within faculty staff is just as important as the students themselves.
Working in this role would allow me to put my passions into real life projects, whilst continuing current projects that aim to further equality, diversity and inclusivity at DMU.
Thank you for taking the time to read my manifesto, I look forward to talking to you all soon.