About My Role
The Black and Minority Ethnic Officer role is to represent the interests of black students and
students of minority ethnic backgrounds (BME) students and to campaign on any relevant
Shwmae pawb! | Hi everyone!
I am Isadora, your Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Officer!
I am currently in the first year of study for my PhD in Medicine, I completed by BSc in Genetics and my MSc in Bioinformatics here at Cardiff University too! I come from a rather international background; I have Indian heritage, was born in Hong Kong and lived there for half of my childhood. Then, I lived in London for a couple of years after which I moved to Wiltshire where I later attended Dauntsey’s School. Here I completed my A-Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, which paved the way for me to attend Cardiff University.
During my time at Cardiff University (5 years so far), I have endeavoured to be an active member of the student community; from being a Wellbeing Champion to being the Treasurer of the Belly Dancing Society and Wellbeing Officer of the Feminist Society. I started to really throw myself in last year when I became a PGT Academic Representative; I also proposed the official pro-choice stance at Cardiff University Students’ Union 2019 AGM, which was elected with an overwhelming majority. Seeing that I could make a large-scale positive change to support my peers, I wanted to keep going. I founded and am the current President of the Pro-Choice Society and am also the BAME Representative of the Feminist Society. Knowing I still had more I could do and plenty of ideas, I decided to run to be this year’s BAME Officer.
During my roles here, I have had the opportunity to be on Xpress Radio for International Women’s Day and discussed our pro-choice stance on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour. The official pro-choice stance really started an important conversation and spread as it was reported on by The Tab, Wales Online, BBC Wales, The Times and The Guardian. There are other issues students face, especially BAME, and I want to ensure they have a voice that is heard and understood.
My main goal is to increase support for BAME students within our community. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any issues, questions or ideas.
My main priorities for the year include:
- Starting a blog/forum for students to discuss BAME issues, news and advice.
- Implement a buddy system to help students feel supported and accepted, especially now when physical social activity is restricted.
- Add culturally diverse, cheap and healthy recipes to the Eat Well CUSU webpage; a good diet that makes one feel at home and comfortable is important for overall health and wellbeing.
- Add self-defence tutorials (for now, virtual) to the Skills Development Service to ensure students feel safer.
- Determine and introduce measures that support students that have been targeted for protected characteristics in the 2010 Equality Act.