Running a campaign is as simple as making a change, and students at LSE are constantly looking for ways to encourage societal change and equality. We want our students to feel empowered to bring about change at the School and society as a whole. Read on to find out about our most recent success and how you can get involved.
Equal Access - SUCCESS!
After two years of research and campaigning, Student Action for Refugees (STAR) society successfully lobbied the School to change their policy on asylum seekers. LSE have launched a new award for asylum seekers and have set aside £20,000 per year in financial support. Find out more about this fantastic result on the LSE website.
LSESU needs a BME Students' Officer - SUCCESS!
Last year, LSESU members successfully campaigned for a BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Students' Officer to be on the Student Executive Committee. Find out more about the campaign on the LSESU blog. You can also learn more about the Union General Meeting motion for this campaign.
The background to this campaign was an in-depth research project about BME engagement in the Union, facilitated by last year's Anti-racism Officer, Rayhan Uddin. Read the full report.
LSE Divest: Fossil Fuels
LSE Divest are campaigning for:
LSE to immediately freeze any investment in fossil fuel companies.
LSE to divest from direct ownership and any commingled funds that include fossil fuel public equities and corporate bonds within 5 years.
For more information, visit their Facebook page and come along to their first event this year - a Public Lecture by Bill McKibben - co-founder and and Chairman of the Board at 350.org, an international climate campaign that is running in 188 countries around the world.
LSE Students’ Union has three Liberation Officers: Disabled Students’ Officer, Women’s Officer, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Officer. Their role is to represent their members and to campaign on issues that relate to their position. This Michaelmas Term, 2014, the first ever LSESU BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Officer will be elected.
Liberation Officers are essential in terms of representation of the student body and creating an inclusive community on campus. Issues that affect Liberation groups are distinct and can be complex and sensitive. Because of this, the Union is doing targeted work with students from the four Liberation groups this year to make the Union’s work as relevant and representative as possible.
If you self-define as any of the Liberation groups and would like to take part in a focus group to inform the SU of any concerns, please contact Claudia Coussins
- the SU Engagement Manager.
In the Lent Term, the SU will be running a photography project - Liberation through the Lens - watch this space for more information!
The SU runs 121 support for individual students and societies who want to campaign. We can run training session, help you with researching an issue or if you just need help with the practical stuff like designing and/or printing flyers or publicising your events online, we can help with that too!
Pop into the ARC in the Saw Swee Hoc Centre or get in touch with David Bridson, the Engagement Coordinator, to find out how we can help.