Summary: Please run in the by election and come to the Open Meeting on Friday, October 21st @ 7.30pm in Sidney Sussex College.
I hope you all are well and have had a good Summer Vac and a good first week of term. Welcome, to those who are new members of CUSU LGBT, and welcome back everyone else! Due to various member of the Exec resigning after completing their degrees, we have a number of openings on the committee that urgently need filling. The available positions are as follows:
- Welfare Officer – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- [no definition] Editor – (email@example.com)
- Additional Grad Rep (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Finance & Sponsorship Officer
(Please note, the Exec is going to be proposing removing the F&S officer role as we feel it has become largely redundant. You should feel free to run for it though, as if we have an incumbent they will remain in the role until the end of this Exec year (end of Lent term) when the Exec is re-elected. However, please be aware that you may not being doing all that much finance & sponsorship stuff (given the reasons we’re proposing to remove it!) but you will still be able to be a useful member of the Exec. It may be a good way of getting some experience on the Exec (especially for a Fresher) before running ‘properly’ in Lent for a year long role.)
I have provided the email addresses of the best people to contact for more info on the individual roles but feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Pleas note, nominations for the Welfare Officer or [nd] Editor may consist of two people although this is to allow two people to run together as a team, not to allow the runner up in the election to also be elected! Nominations for the Grad Rep and F&S Officer must only consist of one person.
Nominations are open as of now and will close at noon on Thursday, 20th October. If you wish to run (not including the grad rep role) please email me (email@example.com) with your full name, your manifesto (up to 300 words) and please include the sentence; “I agree to bound by the CUSU LGBT constitution, it’s appendices and I confirm that myself, my proposer and my seconder self identify as LGBT (or a related, minority sexual or gender identity) and are currently members of CUSU.”. Please send this email from you @cam.ac.uk and cc (using their @cam addresses) your proposer and seconder (who must be LGBT students at Cambridge).
Hustings will be held at the open meeting (see below) and you will be expected to make a speech in favour of your candidacy of up to 3 minutes (although this is a maximum rather than an expectation!) and then answer questions from the members present. If you wish to run for the grad rep role then you just need to show up on the night and indicate you wish to run (although the election process for rep roles is different the position is equal with all other roles)! If you cannot make the Open Meeting you must send me a speech to be read out on your behalf.
Being on the Exec is great fun and really rewarding and I would highly recommend it. Each role has it’s own duties and in addition you will be expected to attend the weekly meetings. However, these rarely run much over 30 mins and are arranged for mutually convenient times (usually at weekends).
The Open Meeting will be held in the Knox Shaw Room, Sidney Sussex (opposite Sainsbury’s – the same room used for the Freshers’ Event) at 7.30pm on Friday, 21st October. If you wish to submit a motion please email me. It’s really important that the Campaign moves in the direction our members want it to so please do submit a motion if there’s something you want done! Also, don’t worry about writing the text of a motion if you don’t want to, as long as you give us enough warning we can help you put one together. Motions need to be proposed and seconded by CUSU LGBT members and if you don’t know anyone who is willing to second your motion then let us know ASAP. The deadline for motions will be noon on Thursday, 20th October.
The Exec will be bringing a number of motions laying out our plans for the year so it should be a really interesting meeting and the more people we have there the better it will be! Snacks and drinks will be provided so do come along!
By-election/Open meeting love,
CUSU LGBT Chair