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This term has been incredibly active and at times intense. LSE is a strange place, in that it can feel like a vibrant hub and at times it can be a bit lonely.
If you are worried about anything, I have started one hour weekly drop in sessions in the ARC on the First Floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
… And for some of us that means revision and essays. It’s really important that you put your health and wellbeing first so that you can perform to your best in your exams and assignments. Here are some of the events I’ve put on to help you reduce stress and anxiety or prevent it from happening:
Over Christmas, the SU team is still available until the 23rd December so please contact us if you ever need anything!
To talk to an SU adviser, you can drop in to see LSESU Advice Team on the Third Floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre (ask at reception), or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to talk to a fellow student about your worries?
LSE Peer Supporters, who are fellow students can help you out with any problems and also live in halls. You can contact them via the LSE website.
You can also drop in to the LSE Counselling Services for a 20 minute chat – just go to KSW507, ideally at 2.45pm. You can also call 0207 852 3627 or email email@example.com
The LSE Faith Centre is also here to support you!
They run a wonderful confidential drop-in service – just head to the 2nd Floor of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre and speak to Becky Hardie.
When LSESU can’t provide help…
There is a huge array of charities and organisations in the UK that are specifically focused on student issues which are very common.
Student Minds is one of those charities. Don’t hesitate to check out their website, which is a great source of support. Alternative, just give them a ring on 01865 264168
But do remember, you can send us an e-mail anytime.
In addition to department parties, course rep outings and treats from academic advisors, the LSESU team has some festive fun planned to see off the term in spectacular style!
Free hot chocolate, free mince pies, Christmas musicMonday 7th December- Friday 11th December, 2pm-3pmFirst Floor Cafe, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
The LSE Christmas Pub Quiz! Monday 7th December, 6.30-8pm£1 entry, teams of sixThe Three Tuns, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
Free roast chestnuts for everyone!Tuesday 8th December, 1pm onwardsOutside the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre
LSE Choir and Orchestra Christmas Concert in association with the LSESU Music SocietyTuesday 8 December, 7pmSt Clement Danes, Strand, London WC2R 1DHThe choir will perform music from Messiah by GF Handel and a selection of Christmas carols. This event is open to all but a ticket is required. Tickets are £7 and can be purchased via the LSE online store.
PhD Christmas LunchThursday 10th December, 12 noon - 1pm6th Floor Studio, Saw Swee Hock Student CentreJoin the Facebook event
The Postgrad-Only Christmas PartyThursday 10th December, 10pm-3amThe Venue, Level -2, Saw Swee Hock Student CentreThis event is open to all postgraduate students at LSE, but tickets are required. Get one now!Join the Facebook event
We’ll have more surprises throughout the week too. Merry Christmas everyone!
Ahead of Islamophobia Awareness Month, which begins next week, LSESU Anti-Racism Officer Jasmina Bide explains why it is more in need than ever.
Islamophobia exists. Whether we’ve directly experienced it in its myriad forms, experienced someone experiencing it, read the rising statistics of cases of Islamophobia, heard about cases of Islamophobia visited on our friends, our relatives, our neighbours, or simply turned on the news (and not just fox and the sun; the BBC and CNN among others are guilty too), there is no doubt about its presence and, more worryingly, prevalence in our society today.
However, there is a tendency to rationalise Islamophobia as having some grain of truth in it and thus not being problematic- think PREVENT, asking all muslims to apologise for and explain incidents of violence the world over in both subtle and explicit ways, making snide comments about Islamic societies on campus, and questioning why women still choose to wear the hijab if they know they will be the target of suspicion. This, whether or not intentional, IS in and of itself Islamophobic.
There is also a tendency, especially in an environment such as LSE, to dismiss Islamophia as something carried out by bigots and thus something either foreign to our campus, or which we can all intellectualise as ridiculous and needn’t be given any further thought.
Both of these tendencies are wrong, and damaging, and act only to further Islamophobia by either perpetuating or refusing to adequately question and challenge it and thus underestimating it. It is for this reason that throughout the final weeks of term, in conjunction with other universities and institutions across the UK, we are seeking to raise awareness of Islamophobia both within our broader society and on our campus.
On Monday the 30th of November we are holding “meet a Muslim”, a running discussion between some Muslim students and members of the LSE community where you are all invited to pose any questions you may have about Islam, Islamophobia or simply what it means, and is like, to be a muslim in today’s society. In the last few weeks of December we will be releasing videos addressing what Islam means to some members of LSE’s muslim community, and another one directly addressing Islamophobia. Finally, we will launch a photo series in the SU, featuring a small subsection of members of LSEs very diverse muslim community. Keep an eye out for all of this on social media, and in the SU (you won’t be able to miss it).
Being aware is more than just knowing that Islamophobia exists. Rather it involves taking responsibility for actively understanding and appreciating our own perceptions towards Islam, muslims and Islamophobia in general. Being aware is also to recognise Islamophobia in its various forms, and challenging these. Being aware is not passive; it is a political act that is definitively active and proactive. It is a necessary step to tackling Islamophobia and its harmful effects to large swathes of our society.
I encourage all members of LSE community, whether or not affected by islamophobia, to actively participate in these events and discussions.
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