Officer Report

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* officer

Ignite and LGBT* 101 

So far I have begun to lay the groundwork for the continuation of our very popular LGBT* night out ‘Ignite’, as well as beginning to plan a new event titled ‘LGBT* 101’ – a non-alcohol social event aimed at strengthening the LGBT* community at Essex through a wide variety of educational and social events. Preliminary feedback for this event has so far been very positive; whilst speaking to LGBT* students around the university it was highlighted to me that there was a significant proportion of student that did not feel a part of the community due to focus on drinking socials, so I wish to expand the officer role to attempt to include as much of the community as possible. 

Social Media Presence 

Since assuming the role I have unfortunately been away for the summer. However, this does mean that I have been able to review the LGBT* officer presence on social media and update information found on the internet. This has involved creating a more inclusive logo to reflect more aspects of the LGBT* community, as well as reaching out across the university’s social media platforms so that people recognise who I am; this being especially important in the run up to the new term. 

LGBT* Welcome Pack 

As the summer progresses I shall be providing more resources and assistance to new and returning students so that they feel welcome and safe whilst studying at Essex. I plan to do this via an online ‘welcome pack’ filled with information about LGBT* services and events around the university’s three campuses and the nearby areas.

taran baragwanath

If you have got any questions or comments about my report please post them below or contact me at lgbtofficer@essex.ac.uk.

Thanks

Taran


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