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Meet your 2017-18 LGBT+ Officer (Open Place)

Thursday 10-08-2017 - 09:02

Increasing QTIPOC engagement and supporting estranged students are two of Noorulann’s priorities for the year ahead as they enter their second term.  


 
Hi! I’m Noorulann, your LGBT+ Officer (Open Place) for this year, continuing on from last year having been re-elected to serve a second term. I studied Economics and Finance at Manchester Metropolitan University where I first got involved with my students’ union, working in the union shop, editing the politics section of the student newspaper, and founding the Accounting, Finance and Economics Society.

I first got involved with NUS when I was doing my postgrad at Nottingham, getting elected onto the LGBT+ committee before being elected as your full-time national officer back at conference in 2016.  

This year, I’ll continue with the work I started last year, including our work supporting LGBT+ societies around the country to better engage with QTIPOC students, working with QTIPOC committee members to maximise our impact in this priority area.

I’m keen to continue the conversation on being LGBT+ and being of faith and hope to develop a project around this. It’s also important to me that we increase our solidarity work with queer prisoners – those who are incarcerated and also LGBT+ people in detention centres.

I’ll also continue to work with Stand Alone, on our Estranged Students Solidarity Campaign, which we launched at #NUSSU17. Check back for updates on the campaign and to find out how you can get involved!

Some random things about me...

Favourite band
Got to be My Chemical Romance

Favourite pizza toppings
My ideal pizza includes ALL of the veg (oh and pineapple on pizza is a cardinal sin!)

What do you like doing in your spare time?
You can definitely find me writing poetry or at a spoken word gig

What are a couple of things you do to look after yourself?
I like taking baths with a cute bath bomb from Lush or to power through a Netflix series

Favourite quote
“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives” – Audre Lorde.

I’m always happy to chat about the work of the campaign and how you can get involved. You can email me at Noorulann.Shahid@nus.org.uk and follow me on Twitter to keep up with what I’m up to.
 

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