What made you decide to run for BME Officer?
There are pressing BME issues that need to be addressed and we feel that we are the best candidates to deal with them.
Sum up your main policies.
– Encouraging student interaction through BME 4 ME, a new initiative to increase student opportunities to voice concerns, primarily through open-forum regular meetings.
– A concentrated effort to further student integration in the University’s social sphere by supporting existing culture and faith societies.
– Raising key issues such as the participation of BME students in student union and society committee roles.
Describe yourself in three words.
Aquib: Confident, considerate, eccentric.
Yousef: Committed, considerate, joyful.
What makes you different to the other candidates?
– Our policies are clear-cut and speak to BME students at various levels.
– Everything we’ve set out to achieve is ambitious yet attainable.
– We’re specifically lending support to the various faith and culture societies.
What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
Between the two of us, we’ve held roles in a variety of societies and organisations including the Islamic Society and Rescue the Rohingya, providing us with an unrivalled insight into the BME community. As a international student from Kuwait and a home student from Bradford, we have developed a deep understanding of BME issues.
What will you do differently to Neil Dhayatker and John Olatunji, the current BME Officers?
We hope to amplify good work in establishing BME college reps and face-to-face meetings by increasing support and frequency.
Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
Aquib: I’m lead vocalist of a band called Farage Against the Machine.
Yousef: I’ve watched The Big Lebowski at least 10 times.
What do you think of the other candidates?
It’s fantastic to see such a diverse range of strong candidates; we’re particularly impressed by Ruth.
What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
Communicating our extensive range of policies in the limited campaign space.
What’s your campaign strategy?
Get the most votes.
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