President Ash McIntyre brings you up to speed on what we’ve been doing this month, from Pride Week prep to eating dumplings.


 

Hi everyone! 😊

Thank you to those of you who responded to my last article – it certainly got me thinking, and will inform the way I move forward in advising the University of student perspectives, and on the restructure especially. For those of you who did not read it and want to check it out, you can find it here. Give us your thoughts and feedback on our website or via email!

This month’s theme is PRIDE! and there are a ton of events coming up where you can show your love and support for equality on campus, and in the broader community. You may have seen us promoting an initiative called Calling All Queeroes leading up to this month; while we did not have any takers for this project, we had hoped to produce a record of inspiring individuals who have found the courage to be themselves, support others, and act as positive role models in our community.

For me, this is what Pride week is about. It is a chance for people to come together and appreciate all of the many things that make us individual and unique.

Pride originated in the US in the 60s following the Stonewall riots, and historically is rooted in activism for the rights of LGBTIQA+ people. It protested against the mistreatment of the LGBTIQA+ community at the hands of police, the public and political powers, and over time, recognised the many people who died for the fight for equality. Today, it is a celebration of the diversity of the LGBTIQA+ community, and is a time to congregate and show not tolerance but acceptance for this incredible diversity. NUPSA hopes to see all students, from all walks of life, coming together during Pride week to support their fellow students.

The student representation restructure is also moving forward, and the structures of each senate and position descriptions of student leadership roles are being finalised. We are at the stage of negotiating our new Constitution, and I look forward to sharing all of these with you once they’ve been finalised!

NUPSA has also been invited to decorate a hippocampus for the CREATE Festival! You know those big horse-but-not-horse things you may have seen around campus? We got one! We are hard at work on a plan to make our hippocampus stunning, intelligent and all the other wonderful things that postgraduate students are. (Actually, in the interest of realism, how do you make a hippocampus look tired and stressed?) We hope to see you all on the big day when we put our decorative plans into action. Stay tuned for details!

Speaking of exciting events, however, I’d like to especially thank Zongwen Fan. Zongwen is a postgraduate student who came to NUPSA with the idea of running a dumpling workshop. What a brilliant idea! We jumped on the opportunity, and it ended up being a wonderful day with more dumplings than you could poke a stick at. I made so many dumplings, far more than I could have afforded if I’d gone out to a restaurant!

And the glorious thing was, this was all Zongwen Fan’s idea! I can’t stop using exclamation marks, that’s how wonderful this really was! So, if you have an idea for a workshop, or a skill you’d like to share with other students, then please let us know. Our favourite events are those that you all come up with!

In the interest of keeping it short and sweet, I’ll sign off here. But have a wonderful, productive, inspiring and riveting month, my friends. 😊

 

Ash McIntyre
NUPSA President

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