- Why are you running for this role?
I am running for this Ethnic Minorities Officer role as I feel that being a voice or leader of a group that you can easily emotionally connect with is very much required, especially when all the people from an ethnic minority background will feel a little homesick when they are away from their family and loved ones. As I am also one of them so to speak, I share these same feelings. I can be the bridge between them and the mighty Students’ Union, who have helped students in every possible way. I would love to be a voice for the people and be a representative of the University simultaneously, and I feel that this is the best opportunity.
- What course are you in?
I am currently pursuing a Masters of Computer Science – Data Analytics.
- Why is it important to have a role in the SU specifically for ethnic minorities?
As I mentioned earlier, connecting with people who have the same kind of emotional background is very effortless. Another thing is that there are many facilities within the University which can be useful for people from an ethnic minority background, which they are unaware of. Equally, I can be the representative of ethnic minorities in case their voice needs to be heard.
- What are your aims/goals for the role?
My aims and goals are based on one very famous quote: “The voice cannot be heard in a noise, but surely can be heard when all are listeners.” I want to be that one person who is the voice of many others, and present it on the best platform. I am planning to get information on all the facilities which are run by the University and then conduct an ‘All Hands Meet’ for all the people to acknowledge them, and also gather their comments and suggestions.
- What past experience will stand to you if you win?
I am quite hopeful and positive about my win at the elections, and as far as experience is concerned, I have been a Class Rep (although a smaller responsibility) at my school for a consecutive four years. I have also been a Minister (General Secretary) at High School for one year. For the past three years I have been working as a committee member of VOY (Voice Of Youth) Team at my previous employer, Infosys Limited, where I got an opportunity to represent my whole team to the CEO of Infosys Dr Vishal Sikka and to the Board of Directors. I personally feel that there is always a new beginning and a novice can also be a trailblazer.
I can assure you of my honesty, commitment and dedication towards this responsible role.