Rowen Ellis - Community and Wellbeing Officer
By unifying our campus, we can create the change needed.
I’m a third year sociology student and one of your LGBTQ Officers. My past years of experience in societies, on liberation network committees, and as a departmental course representative have provided me with the insight and tools needed to improve and uphold the university experience for all students across our campuses.
My goal is to build a united students’ union, working together to improve student life and inclusivity here at the university. Therefore, I am running for the position of Community and Wellbeing Officer; I pledge to better the health of students, promote a culture of activism, and nurture our sense of community here at York.
My manifesto pledges are as follows:
- Getting input from the student community on Unity Health’s new site and its direction
- Working closely with the creation of the new Unity Health surgery on Heslington East to help ease ‘teething problems’ with the new surgery and to ensure that its structure is conducive to student health
- Improve upon the Leave of Absence system and the effects of this system on students by continuing to implement the improvements made by current and past officers’ LoA research
- Better the process of applying for exceptional circumstances
- Utilising feedback gained by past officers to ensure that the support provided by academic supervisors to students requesting exceptional circumstances is universal and accurately signposts students to support services
- Continuing the work of previous officers by ensuring that mental health provisions remain firmly on the university agenda by collaborating and providing research on the state of mental health for students at York
- Creating innovative ways to promote the services provided by the Advice and Support Centre to students across our campuses, and the importance of availing of these services pre-emptively/before a student finds themselves in a crises
- Encouraging the implementation of evenings for students to feedback complaints and suggestions to Unity Health and Open Door regarding their services
- Dental practice sign up campaign to tackle the backlog and inaccessibility of dental practices for university students
- Working with colleges to better STYC training by including more health, community, and liberation specific training
- Keeping this training as concise and relevant as possible due to current and past students’ feedback regarding the sheer amount of information already involved in STYC training
- Holding activities and feedback/focus groups on both Hes East and King’s Manor to proactively engage with students on all of our campuses
- Engaging with local councillors and residents to create cohesion
- Holding bi-monthly meetings regarding tensions between local residents and students, working together to tackle divides on our wider community
- Working with local council by holding bi-monthly meetings to facilitate dialogue between the university and local councillors
- Encouraging STEM students to participate in YUSU and related communities such as societies and liberation networks
- Holding monthly meetings with STEM course reps, as well as any other interested STEM students, on the community related concerns of STEM students to help better represent them and get them further involved in student life and politics
- Strengthening the University’s ties with local charities involved in homelessness and sexual health, for example, key to not only nourish our ties with the local community but to also actively provide resources to vulnerable students
- Restructuring the YUSU website in regards to advice and guidance due to current inaccessible aspects of the site by providing links to resources curated by the NUS
- Liberation needs more engagement from YUSU high ups to create unity and cohesion between groups, practices can be implemented to encourage communication and intersectionality e.g. introducing monthly cross-network liberation socials in Yourspace with the aim to facilitate higher student turnout
- Continue to engage with college committees and liberation networks through fortnightly YUSU Liberation and Welfare Network meetings
- Receive and implement feedback on the current state of college committees and liberation networks to encourage their engagement, productivity and success in representing and caring for students
- Creating innovative mechanisms through which to engage with current students, especially those who find current mechanisms inaccessible
- E.g. implementing a virtual suggestions box for students to suggest possibilities for improvements to community and wellbeing, thus enabling students to interact with YUSU in an accessible and anonymous way
If you want to see the changes I've outlined, make sure you're 'growin' with Rowen' and vote for me!