Ruth Maku

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Image: YUSU

Second Year

What made you decide to run for BME Officer?
I know what needs changing at this university and I know how to change it, so I didn’t want to finish my time here knowing that I didn’t do anything.

Sum up your main policies.

– Organise a carnival to provide a much needed platform for the BME community to share their culture.
– Termly panel debates with audience participation so everyone can have their BME questions answered.
– Celebrate Black History Month innovatively and create Asian, Arab and Jewish Months.
– Build an online BME forum to make networking, interacting with events and bringing up issues easier.
– Improve career opportunites by liaising with employers and organisations that focus on helping BME graduates.

Describe yourself in three words.
Energetic, enthusiastic and Ruth.

What makes you different to the other candidates?
I have a lot of energy and time to spare, and I have no fear in talking and meeting new people. So I will seek out the voices of those who would otherwise go unheard and I will tackle and create big projects to make sure that by the end of my time as BME Officer we have a university that visibly promotes equality and values diversity.

What experience do you have that will be good for the role?
As Treasurer of the African and Caribbean Society, I’ve had experience of how desperately minority group societies and the BME community need a platform to share their culture. I’ve experienced the issues that face minority group societies and the BME community and know the hardships that you can come across when you try to fix them.

What will you do differently to Neil Dhayatker and John Olatunji, the current BME Officers?
So far the current officers have made significant waves in providing a BME position in just over half the college JCRCs. I would continue this work in making sure that there is representation in all of the colleges. but also build up the network further by practical measures such as a lively online forum.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.
My favourite colour is green. (Green is an interesting colour.)

What do you think of the other candidates?
It’s great to hear them bring up points that are in line with what I say. It’s nice to see that people believe that the same things need changing.

What do you think the biggest challenge you’ll face during elections will be?
Not boring people – everyone will be being approached by campaigners. I’ll have to be more interesting than the rest to make sure my message is heard!

What’s your campaign strategy?
Subliminal brainwashing in recorded moving visual images (i.e a catchy video).

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