The CUSU LGBT+ committee are elected for year-long terms, with half the roles being elected in late November (end of Michaelmas term), and the other half in late February (end of Lent term). The current committee is listed below.
President – Tom Ashford
Hi, I’m Tom (they/them), a second year Philosophy undergrad at St John’s. My job is to oversee the goings-on of our committee and try make sure all the roles are integrating well together, plus attending CUSU council, and liaising with groups like local charities, larger student organisations like the NUS, and the various individuals that get in touch with us. I try to keep an active interest in what’s going on with all the other roles on committee, and really enjoy coming with ideas for socials and campaigns. As of now (September 2017) we don’t have an elected computing officer so I tend to do all that stuff as well (was my previous role on the committee). Outside of academic and committee life, I am a great fan of experimental music, cooking, and nonsense. I was once pushed down a hill by a cow (seriously, I really was).
Chair – Simon Percelay
Hi! I’m Simon (he/him), a third year Human, Social and Political Sciences student at St John’s College. I am responsible for the internal running of the Campaign: I organise Exec and Open Meetings, attend CUSU Councils, and work with the President to oversee the work of the Committee. I also help the Finance Officer with our budget, and I am in charge of elections and the Constitution. Other than that, I like languages, maps, and making fun of traditional British customs.
Events Officers – Miranda Imperial & Sarah Christie
Miranda and Sarah are the two Events Officers of CUSU LGBT+. They head an events sub-committee, which also includes Siyang Wei, Jay Woods and Matt Hankin.
Hi everyone! I’m Miranda (she/her), a third year HSPS student at Queens’, and one of your Social Events Officers! This year, I, along with the lovey Sarah, will be working on setting up a wide array of CUSU LGBT+ socials, from college bar and town bar drinks to non-alcoholic coffee meets and board games nights. I’m also looking forward to hearing everyone’s feedback on ents, so feel free to fill in our Feedback Form or email us with any and all suggestions!
Welfare – Devarshi Lodhia
Hey! I’m Dev (he/him), a History undergraduate at Wolfson and I’m your Welfare Rep for this year. Over the year I want to improve and better the advertisement the services we provide for the people who need it most. I want to make sure the society has the materials for any situation you may face so any problems can be dealt in an efficient and effective way, be it related to your health or social welfare. If you have any queries don’t hesitate to contact me.
Finance – Adrienn Jenei
Hi! I am Adrienn (she/her), a Human, Social and Political Sciences student at Newnham College. I am responsible for the Campaign’s budget and ensuring that every event and campaign is well-funded. I also keep in touch with our sponsors!
Communications – Jess Sharpe
Hi! I’m Jess (she/her), a NatSci at Newnham College. I am responsible for taking minutes at meetings and sending these out with the weekly listings email of LGBT+ events and notices! Make sure you are signed up to this mailing list, and let me know of anything you would like to be included or feedback you might have.
Get Real Editors – Emma Lenton (Michelmas) & Michael Davin (Lent)
Hi! I’m Michael (pronouns he/him), a HPS at Sidney Sussex and one of the editors of Get Real this year. The magazine is a space for the views and experiences of LGBT+ people in Cambridge to get a voice, so if you have news, comment, creative writing, webcomics, eight movement symphonies or nuclear codes to share with this community, get in touch – we’d love to hear from you.
Asexual and Aromanticism Rep – Aled Powell
Hi y’all! My name is Aled (they/them), and I’m this year’s ace/aro rep! I’m a first year mathmo at peterhouse and I’ll be working to increase support and visibility for ace/aro people in the university, and to generally lend my help where it’s needed. I enjoy reading, late night cycles and conlanging; I’ve not yet been pushed down a hill by a cow.
BME (Black and Minority Ethnic) Rep – Hakan Sandal
Hi! I’m Hakan (pronouns he/him), the new BME Rep! I’m currently reading for a PhD in Centre for Gender Studies, focusing on LGBTs in the Middle East. My main role, as a BME Representative, is to represent the interests of Black and Minority Ethnic LGBT+ students of Cambridge University, and in a broader sense, to establish a solidarity network for BME LGBT+ people. The difficulties, if not racism, LGBT+ people of colour may encounter can substantially be overcome by a solid and vivid solidarity, in which we should be constantly investing. So, either for a chat or discussion, or just to share your experience, feel free to contact me!
Women’s Rep – Cait Findlay
Hello! I’m Cait (she/her), a second year English student at Newnham. I am the Women’s Officer for CUSU LGBT+, which means that I am responsible for representing LBT+ women and non-binary people in the University. Among other things, I will be running a weekly discussion group for self-defining LBT+ women and non-binary people, every Thursday from 4:30 until 6:00 in the CUSU lounge – I’d love to see you there for a chat/rant about all things sexuality, gender, and feminism.
Disabilities Rep – Danielle Bradford
Hello! I’m Danielle, a 2nd year undergraduate student studying HSPS at St John’s. My job is to oversee the safety and wellbeing of all LGBT+ students who are identify as disabled, and ensure all events are easily accessible. I always welcome any feedback regarding accessibility, as well as any ideas for events/projects you may have, or if you just need someone to chat to. Personally there isn’t much to say – I really like osteology and spend much of my time looking at bones. I’m the girl whose records you can hear from St John’s porters lodge, with the 7ft Christmas tree in her window. ‘
Bi Rep – Amber Reeves Pigott
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Trans Rep – Ali Hyde
Hi! I’m Ali (he/him/they/them), I’m a first year HSPS student at Downing and I am your Trans Rep. I’m particularly interested in providing a source of support and information for those who identify as trans so please contact me with any concerns, questions or just for a chat – I will usually be at the Trans Coffee Meetings at the weekend so that’s a good time to catch me in person. When I’m not thinking about the economic legacies of colonialism, I play the clarinet and saxophone, sing, draw, birdwatch and read poetry.
Grad Rep – Position currently unfilled
CUSU LGBT+ is a great organisation to get involved in, there is a lot going on from socials to campaigns. You’re welcome to help out organising socials or suggesting and helping with campaigns without holding a position. But if you’re keen to be involved in CUSU LGBT+ you might want to stand for a committee position. This allows you to be involved in running and shaping CUSU LGBT+ as well as looking great on your CV.
The committee meets once a week during term time, generally on Sunday afternoons and the range of positions available means you have lots of choice as to how to get involved. Depending on the time of year you will either stand for election in an open meeting or can be coopted to vacant positions by either the committee or an open meeting. Feel free to contact the Chair for more information.