Sohum Pandya was elected into the voluntary position of BAME Officer by students at the Student Elections in March 2020. Sohum will be succeeded in June 2021 by Renee Bennett.
About the Role
As the BAME Officer, you will be responsible for representing BAME Students and liaise with the University/external organisations. In addition, you'll be part of the University’s Diversity Consultative Group, which is a key University committee for promoting equality and diversity across campus. You'll represent BAME students at NUSU meetings, including Student Council, General Meetings, Welfare, Liberation & Campaigns Committee as well as the Officers’ Forum.
About Me & My Aims
Hi, I am Sohum a 4th year dental student and the new BAME officer at NUSU. Last year I carried out Newcastle's first-ever campaign, breaking down misconceptions and prejudices and raising awareness of Hindu, Sikh, and brown ethnic minorities as president of HAS society. I realised that there was a huge under-representation of other minorities within the SU and university. Although, this campaign was a huge success I definitely think more still needs to be done in tackling racial issues and enhancing multi-cultural education amongst students.
In this role, I will endeavor to enhance cultural awareness via food stalls, celebratory and educational campaigns, and events throughout the year. I will also be creating platforms and events to celebrate the differences that make all our students unique, as there is unity in diversity, including a multicultural talent show showcasing an array of talents within BAME communities. I will also be continuing to expand the racial forum to give more BAME students a platform to voice their experiences and concerns whilst being able to promote their events and societies aiming to build a more cohesive network of students.