GLBTI Representative

The GLBTI Representative provides a GLBTI student perspective to the NUPSA Executive. They are the voice of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex postgraduate students at the University, and advise the President and other Executive members in areas of advocacy that affect them. The GLBTI Representative also liaises with relevant student groups, the ALLY Network and key stakeholders throughout the University, and assists and supports students experiencing issues with sexuality or gender.

Tanika Koosmen

I am a PhD candidate in Classics, and my research looks at the cultural development and literary impact of the werewolf from ancient Greek and Roman texts to modern literature. I currently work as a research assistant and casual tutor in the School of Humanities and Social Science. I completed my Bachelor of Arts (English and Ancient History) at the University of Newcastle, and I am a born and raised Novocastrian!

Last year, I helped to organise Surveilling Minds and Bodies, a symposium that explored the history of LGBTIQ+ matters in Australia, and the future of LGBTIQ+ activism in academia. Through the symposium, I came into contact with fantastic LGBTIQ+ scholars, and learned the worth of active advocacy in the university environment. I hope continue my activist efforts through my role as NUPSA GLBTI Representative and advocate for the LGBTIQ+ community at the University of Newcastle. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please don’t hesitate to contact me and I will help however I can!

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