Committee

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.

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President – Liam Plimmer

lgbt-president@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hey, I’m Liam [he/him], and I’m the current President of CUSU LGBT+! I’m a third-year Engling at Downing, and when I’m not busy analysing enjambment, I’m co-ordinating the Campaign – making sure everything is running smoothly! – attending and voting at CUSU Council, attending CUSU executive meetings, meeting with the University administration and student (and other) groups – lots of meetings! – and helping with the organisation and running of events.

If you have any questions about anything, particularly the political or administrative running of the campaign, feel free to get in touch – either via email or Facebook!

Chair – April Jakso

lgbt-chair@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Events Officer – John Cooper

lgbt-social@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m John [he/him], a second year Compsci at Downing, and I’m the Ents officer for CUSU LGBT+. This means I’m responsible for all the community wide events done by the committee, including our annual rainbow ball and garden party as well as our always popular bar socials!

If you want to keep up to date with what events are happening and when, it’s best to check out our Facebook page and join the Facebook groups. If you want to suggest events, want help running/publicising your own events, or want to ask me about anything else at all, you can email me, or message me on Facebook.

Campaigns Officer – Coral Dalitz

lgbt-campaigns@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi! I’m Coral (she/her), and I’m a third year student of Classics at St John’s.

As Campaigns Officer I organise the political side of CUSU LGBT+, raising awareness about LGBT+ and intersectional issues, providing support, information, welfare and advocacy for students, and working for positive change to attitudes and policies.

Our current “Why Gender-Neutral?” campaign aims to make space for non-binary identities within the university, particularly focusing on toilets, dress-codes and admin. I’ll also be collaborating with Student Minds on a campaign to improve mental health services for LGBT+ students within the university.

Please feel free to get in touch with me if you encounter any issues you’d like help with, or if you spot anything you think we should know about. If you have any questions, ideas or suggestions about the campaigns, I’d love to hear from you too!

 
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Welfare Officer –  Rich Bartlett

lgbt-welfare@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hey hey hey, my name is Rich (pronouns he/she/whatever) and I’m your current Welfare officer! I have both my first aid and mental health first aid qualifications. I also work part time as a disability support worker. As part of this role, I underwent training in mental as well as physical health. In addition, I have been a voice and advocate for LGBT+ mental health, appearing on national television, the press and radio in Australia.

As part of my role, I hope to make sure you are as happy and healthy as possible while at university. I can provide referrals for relevant mental and physical health services. Additionally, I run weekly welfare drop-in sessions which are advertised on Facebook. I’m also happy to arrange to meet up at different times and different locations to the advertised drop-in sessions. Furthermore, I run an anonymous text service.

Finance Officer –  Daniel Quigley

lgbt-finance@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m Daniel (he/him), I’m a second year Music student in Magdalene and I am the new finance officer for CUSU LGBT+.

It is my job to ensure that everything that the committee does is funded. This means working with the rest of the committee members as they organise their respective events. I am also responsible for working to source external funding for the committee in collaboration with CUSU so that we are able to run more events, and run them more effectively.

Communications – Peter McLaughlin

lgbt-comms@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m Peter (he/him) and I’m a second-year philosopher at Downing. My primary job is to minute our meetings (including the live minutes for the open meetings!), and to send out the listings emails afterwards. Please sign up to the mailing list, and if you have an event you’d like CUSU LGBT+ to publicise, please get in contact with me!

Magazine Editors – Jess Sharpe & Sona Popat

lgbt-editor@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi! I’m Jess (she/her), a 4th year History and Philosophy of Science student at Newnham.

I am one of this year’s Magazine Editors (my third role on the committee, so I am also serving as the campaign’s source of acquired wisdom!). This role includes commissioning, publicising and editing Get Real., CUSU LGBT+’s zine for any and all LGBT+ writing/articles/stories/poems/art/collages/comics/etc, etc, etc. Send any ideas or masterpieces to lgbt-editor@cusu.cam.ac.uk.

If I am not freaking out over some cool woman scientist, you can find me baking, cycling, writing or volunteering doing science-y museum-y things. I am also the Library Officer so maintain our section of the CUSU Liberation Library – contact me at lgbt-librarian@cusu.cam.ac.uk if you want to request a book or library related event!

Asexual and Aromanticism Rep – Jenny Hay

lgbt-ace@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi! I’m Jenny, a theology student at St Catharine’s, and your asexuality and aromanticism (aka ace/aro) rep.

I’ll do my best to ensure that every student in Cambridge who falls anywhere on the ace or aro spectra, or is questioning if they do, feels safe and welcome, and I plan to host lots of fun events throughout the year, including the now-legendary weekly coffee meets. I also seek to be a friendly face around the uni for any ace/aro students who want a chat and some solidarity.

When I’m not tearing my hair out over some cryptic Bible passage, I can generally be found bingeing on TV Tropes or trying to apply Jewish philosophy to Marvel films, with what can only be described as mixed results.

Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Rep – Tochi Onuora

lgbt-bme@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m Tochi (he/him), and I’m the BME Rep. I’m a third year at Churchill College, studying Architecture.

My job is to represent Black and Minority Ethnic LGBTQ+ students on the committee, in addition to organising events. Intersectionality is something which is often overlooked, and can lead to people who are part of both communities feeling quite isolated or unrepresented. I hope to do work to counter such feelings.

If you have any questions, a desire for a chat or any ideas for events, let me know!

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Hi, I’m Elanor (she/her), a second year CompSci at Newnham, and I’m the Women’s Rep!

My main role is running events, including bar and coffee socials, film nights and other fun things!

I’d love to see new people at these events, and feel free to email me or message me on Facebook with any questions!

Women’s Rep – Elanor Stark

lgbt-women@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Disabilities Rep – Alfie Vaughan

lgbt-disabilities@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi all, I’m Alfie (any pronouns), I’m an autistic 3rd year MMLer (French and Portuguese) and when I’m not voguing the house down at your local bops, obsessing over the nichest of linguistic hot takes or, though infrequent, actually doing my degree, I’m representing disabled LGBT+ students in Cambridge.

This involves making sure their views are heard and considered in CUSU LGBT+ policy, e.g. making sure all our events are as accessible as possible, providing intersectional welfare, running socials and solidarity events as well as liaising with the DSC (Disabled Students’ Campaign) to make sure I’m doing my job as effectively as possible.

Hit me up if you have any questions/concerns/fun language facts.

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Bi and Pan Rep – Sophia Andrews

lgbt-bi@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hello hello I’m Sophia your Bi and Pan representative!

I am a third year Archeology and Biological Anthropology student at Gonville and Caius college.

My responsibilities include representing and providing a voice/point of contact for any person who identifies as Bisexual or Pansexual along with running social events for the Bi and Pan community.

Some of these events include coffee meets and bar socials so come along and say hi! Feel free to get in contact with me anytime at lgbt-bi@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Trans and Non-Binary Rep – Harry Ezra

lgbt-trans@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m Harry (he/him), a second year PBS student at Clare. I’m one of the Trans and Non-Binary Reps, so my role involves running events for trans and non-binary students, as well as providing welfare and support.

I’ll also be collaborating with the Campaigns officer on the Why Gender Neutral? campaign, aiming to make the university a more welcoming and accessible place for trans and non-binary people.

Email me or message me on Facebook if you’ve got any questions or event suggestions, if there’s anything I can do to help or if you just want a chat.

There is also a space on the committee for another Trans and Non-Binary Rep – put yourself forward at our next by-election!

Grad and Mature Students Reps – Debbie Aitken

lgbt-grad@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi, I’m Debbie and I am a final year PhD student and your Grad Rep for this year. Like many part-time PhD students, I currently work full-time outside of Cambridge (I am a Senior Lecturer in Medical Education at Edinburgh University) however I come to Cambridge every 4-6 weeks to see my supervisor. In my free time, I like to run (slowly!) with Edinburgh Frontrunners (LGBT+ running club), read fiction and do yoga. I also run the Cambridge University Medical Anthropology Society.

My main role as Grad Rep is to represent and support LGBT+ students who are graduates or who are (or self-identify as) mature students. I’m also hoping to organise social events for LGBT+ grad and mature students when I’m in Cambridge, but in the meantime, if you want to suggest events, or want help publicising your own events, you can email me, or message me on Facebook.

Feel free to join our Facebook group for updates:
LGBT+ Grad and Mature Student Socials – https://www.facebook.com/groups/9057772308/

There is also a space on the committee for another Trans and Non-Binary Rep – put yourself forward at our next by-election!

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Class Act Rep – Tom McGachie

lgbt-class@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hi! I’m Tom, a 2nd Year student at Trinity studying French, Russian and Modern Greek. I’m your new Class Act Officer for CUSU LGBT+ .

My role is all about representing the voices of LGBT+ students who also identify with one or multiple of the Class Act backgrounds, such as state-comp educated, first generation university students, or working class. I’m really looking forward to working alongside the other reps to create a space that makes you feel welcome and heard, as well as providing the opportunity to discuss any issues you might have that relate to your background.

Watch out for news and events that I will be organising over the course of the year, and I hope to see you very soon––see me around town? Feel free to come say ‘Hi!’
and introduce yourself!

Computing Officer – Ellie Payne

lgbt-computing@cusu.cam.ac.uk

Hey there! I’m Ellie (she/her) and I’m the Computing Officer! I’m a third year Linguistics student at Queens’ College.

As Computing Officer I’m here to ensure the smooth running of the technical side of our campaign, and assisting the Communications Officer in creating promotional materials for events run/endorsed by our committee. In my free time I can be found crafting, singing, climbing, baking loads of cakes and trying to convince the neighbourhood cats to love me.

If you have any questions, thoughts, or suggestions to improve the mailing list, website, termcard, or Facebook page, please get in touch with me by Facebook or email – I’d love to hear from you!

Getting involved

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 Saturday 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 co-opted to vacant positions by either the committee or an open meeting. Feel free to contact the Chair for more information.