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Finding your Community

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Hi everyone! Adrian here, your VP Community and Engagement. I am part of the Students' Union Sabbatical Officer Team. 

As part of my role I support and oversee the incredible work of our Student Community Officers. Today and over the next few weeks I will introduce you to our communities, explain how to get involved and how we can support you to find your community. 

Our Essex community is made up of so many communities, there is basically a community for everyone! We also want to ensure that you feel part of our SU community… although it’s more like a SU family :)

To ensure that our communities are represented we have Student Community Officers (SCOs). Each officer is supported by their network.

Does that make sense? No?

Okay, don’t worry, let me explain things a bit further …

What are SCOs?

SCOs are elected representatives who represent their community. They are elected to ensure that your voice is heard!

What SCO roles are there?

We have 10 SCO roles:

Black Students’ Officer 

Asian Students’ Officer

Disabled Students’ Officer

LGBQ+ Officer

Trans Officer

Mature Students’ Officer

Postgraduate Taught Officer

Postgraduate Research Officer

Parents and Carers Officer

Women’s Officer

What is a network?

There is a network that supports each of our SCOs. Our networks are the students who actively support their SCOs in making positive change for their community.

How do I get involved?

Over the next few weeks I will introduce you to all our SCOs and networks, but I will also talk about how we can guide and support you in finding and developing your community.

You can get involved in several ways!

If you want more information about your community and receive relevant information about events for your community – then you can sign up to your community mailing list.

However, if you want to be more actively involved with your community, and be in a position where you can voice the concerns of your community and possibly even campaign on the communities behalf – then you can join the network.

If you are really passionate and want to get involved or if you have any questions (I literally mean any questions) please email vpcommunity@essex.ac.uk or suengagement@essex.ac.uk

I’m excited to see how you choose to get involved and shape your community! So, stay tuned to hear about all the different communities, and find your network.

And just in case no one’s said it yet: Welcome to the SU family!

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