We’re really pleased to announce that Roseanna, our Disabled Students’ Officer, won ‘highly commended’ in the Disabled Students’ Campaign Activist category at the NUS Disabled Students’ Conference.
You can read an excerpt from the nomination, which outlines her achievements below:
“She single-handedly set up a Disability Advocacy Group/Campaign and took on the position herself alongside her studies, personal responsibilities and own disabilities. This year alone, she ran a Misogyny in Healthcare workshop as part of the events for women's week and it was probably the best thing I've seen all year, her passion and knowledge in her fields of liberation, especially as far as theory goes, are unrivalled. She regularly challenges accessibility issues with our Estates team, taking them as high up as she can and setting up meetings with senior management to get things dealt with promptly. She's managed to, in just the past few months, get the university to remove triggering "calorie labels" on the staircases, produced an entire report on accessibility issues covering the whole new building we have at Brookes (mere months after it was built), set up a campaign to have "not all disabilities are visible" plaques put up around campus toilets and lifts, and more. A lot of the activism Roseanna undertakes is behind closed doors - she doesn't get flashy posters or stalls in union square, she doesn't regularly run social media campaigns or ever put her face on anything - she's not interested in that and it's always blown me away how this incredible woman could be so humble and seek absolutely no recognition for her remarkable accomplishments.”
Roseanna also won Best Portfolio Officer at the Union Awards this year, in recognition of her hard work, most of which goes unseen behind the scenes.