Equal Opportunities Officer
Hiya- I’m Leena (she/ her) and I’m the Equal Opportunities Officer for 2018.
I’m a first year geographer and enjoy playing netball, mixed lacrosse and women’s rugby for the college. Everybody deserves the opportunity to thrive and enjoy their time here at St John’s and it is my role to work to make sure our community is an equal and inclusive environment that celebrates its diversity. I could not do this work without my wonderful sub-committee of BME, LGBTQ+, International Students', Women's, Mental Health and Physical disabilities officers (who you can find on the Equal Opportunities page). By organising events such as Halls for particular minority groups, or more casual cake centred gatherings in the JCR as well as speaker events and talks during Freshers’ week we hope to ensure John’s remains friendly and inclusive. We want to make sure the concerns of minority groups are represented and that everyone has the opportunity to access the facilities and opportunities that the college provides. We are always up for hearing your concerns or new ideas so please feel free to get in touch (lm763) with any questions or concerns!
As BME Officer for John’s, I aim to bring cohesion within the John’s BME community whilst celebrating different backgrounds and cultures. Over the year, I hope to organise events within college to showcase the diversity of our community such as a BME formal as well as collaborate with other Equal Opportunities officers to bring intersections together such as a BME Women Film Nights for International Women’s Month. Most recently, we organised a joint mixer with Trinity which successfully brought the BME communities of both colleges together. I believe John’s is a caring and inconclusive community and I hope that every member of the college, regardless of their background, can feel they belong. If you have any suggestions or issues to discuss, feel free to email me!
Hi I’m Jaemin, your International Officer for this year! Whether it be dealing with loneliness, language barriers, missing home food or even knowing where to shop for things, I am keen to be of help to our international students here at John’s. We’re planning on organising more activities for international students before Freshers’ Week officially starts and writing an international student section for the Student Handbook. Looking forward to meeting you all!
As a community, John’s also looks after its LGBT+ students. The JCR has an appointed LGBT+ representative, whose role is to look after the welfare of LGBT+ students at John’s, and to organise different sorts of social events, ranging from casual LGBTea gatherings to formal dinner swaps with other LGBT+ college reps. The JCR and college staff are generally always keen to support LGBT+ students at John’s – for instance, the college has flown the Rainbow flag on the college boathouse and pavilion, and the John’s rugby team have organised a fundraiser match for the Stonewall charity. We try to be as welcoming and supportive as possible, so if you have any worries or suggestions, please do get in touch!"