The CUSU LGBT+ committee are elected on a yearly basis, and have specific responsibilities. Information about the duties of each post are shown below.
President - Tom Ashford
Hi, I'm Tom (they/them), a second year 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. I'm our primary voice on CUSU council, which means I try my best to communicate any LGBT+ issues raised by the community to CUSU and the university in general. I'm also first point of contact for most external matters, so communicate with local charities, larger student organisations like the NUS, and the various individuals that get in touch with us. My personal life is deeply boring, mostly just pretending I'm clever and listening to music no one else likes. I was pushed down a hill by a cow once.
Chair – James Forge
Campaigns - Aithghen Huskinson
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!
Welfare - Devarshi Lodhia
Reps Coordinator – Dom Wheeler
Hi, I'm Dom and I pretend to study geography at Jesus. As part of my role, I keep in contact with all the LGBT+ reps across the colleges to ensure that the LGBT+ community across the university is on the same page and working towards the same goals, and that the reps have the support they need to fulfil their role as best they can.
Communications – Jason Phan
Hey everyone! I’m Jason, an MPhil Finance and Economics student at Wolfson College, and I’m your Communications Officer. I’m responsible for sending out the weekly emails with details of upcoming events. Please email me if you want anything included in the weekly listings or if you have any questions – I’d be happy to help!
Get Real Editor – Emma Lenton (Michelmas) & Michael Davin (Lent)
Hi! I’m Michael (pronouns he/him), a Phys NatSci 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 Rep – Simon P
Hi everyone, I’m Simon (he/him)! First year Human, Social and Political Sciences student at St John’s College. My main job is to represent people identifying as ace, so hit me up if you have any concern you would like me to address within the LGBT+ committee! I am also interested in awareness and visibility, and would like on that during my time as ace rep!
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 – Ruby Kwong
Hi all, I’m Ruby (she/her), a HSPS student and your women’s officer. I’m here to take care of any concerns particular to LGBT women and to make sure that there is a strong support system for LGBT women. Feel free to get in touch if you have any concerns/just want a chat.
Disabilities Rep – Danielle Bradford
Bi Rep – Amber Reeves Pigott
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 – Thomas O’Connor
Socials and Ents Subcommittee
The Bridge of Sighs Miranda Imperial
Hi everyone! I’m the Miranda (she/her), a second year HSPS student at Queens’, and one of your Social Events Officers! This year, I, along with the events team, will be working on setting up an accessible and inclusive CUSU LGBT+ endorsed club night as well as arranging many more socials (coffee meets and the likes). I’m also looking forward to hearing everyone’s feedback on ents, so feel free to email with any and all suggestions!
Hi I'm Hettie (she/ her) and I'm a first year HSPS student at Newnham! I'm really excited to work on making CUSU LGBT+ more accessible and friendly, so am looking forward to helping run lots of socials and hopefully weekly brunch meet-ups (I'm a total brunch fiend and it's a fab way to see other colleges too). If anyone has any suggestions or feedback I'd love to have a chat! I also row for Newnham Boat Club, am one of Newnham's RAG reps, and generally spend the rest of my time thinking about Lady Gaga.
Hi, I’m Sarah (she/her), a second year HSPS student at Newnham. I’m really looking forward to working with the rest of the Social and Ents team this year to put together a busy, inclusive and accessible array of events for the LGBT+ community in Cambridge and would love to hear new and exciting ideas people have for bringing us together! When I’m not social and ent-ing, I play Quidditch, eat too many burritos and spend a lot of time trying to convince everyone of the joys of using Google drive.
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.