ARCHIE MITCHELL (HE/THEY)
NEURODIVERGENT and disability Officer
Get to know ARCHIE
What I Study
I am in the third year of my BSc Environment & Development course.
why i became NEURODIVERGENT Students' PTO
Before starting my university studies at LSE in 2021, I had experienced a number of challenges throughout my time in education, both within and external to the classroom. The source of these challenges was finally explained to me within my first few months at LSE, when I received my formal-diagnosis of Autism & ADHD, and later Dyslexia & Dyspraxia. From here, whilst certain parts of the process of accessing support were a challenge, I have finally started to receive the support that I require to help me complete my education.
However, having been along the journey of receiving a diagnosis, and then accessing adjustments and support that suit my individual needs, I am very aware that for many LSE students in a similar situation to me, this process is extremely daunting, infuriating, and sometimes is even downright impossible. This results in a completely unacceptable situation, with many neurodiverse students at LSE feeling alienated from school life and community, simply for being themselves. To continue the fight to change this, I put myself forward to be Neurodivergent Students’ Officer for the 2022/23 academic year; a role itself that was only created the previous year by the efforts of the previous ND-Officer Sam Crutcher.
what i am looking to achieve this year
I have set my ambitions for this year into 3 policy-areas. They are:
- Establishing a community for neurodivergent people at LSE – through organising engaging, and accessible, social events throughout the year; helping to create a welcoming and supportive community for neurodivergent students at LSE.
- Lobbying for Teaching, Learning and Assessment methods to be more inclusive and accessible – through ensuring that My Adjustment plans are fit for purpose, alongside establishment of opportunities for neurodivergent students to feedback upon their experiences to LSE. This will be complimented by my continued organisation of one-on-one meetings with relevant divisions within LSE, to feedback upon the experiences of neurodiverse students within their service/department.
- Creating broader awareness of neurodiversity across LSE – through organising a number of awareness events as part of Neurodiversity Week (in Lent Term), campaigning for increased accessibility measures within SU-society organised events, and representing neurodiverse students at relevant sub-committees across the school.
End of Term reports
Archie's End of Term report will be found here.