welcome back from the holidays, we hope any exams/assignments over the next few weeks go well.
BEMA have a few things planned that we wanted to let people know about:
1) Weekly BEMA lunches
Wednesdays – 1-2pm – Harvey Milk room
New to this term, BEMA will be holding weekly informal meeting/lunches with members* every Wednesday from 1-2pm in the Harvey Milk room (1st floor of the Guild, next to Costa).
These meetings will be a safe-space for BME students to meet with the committee and other BME students, and discuss any topics or issues they wish to bring up – to do with University, what they want to see from the Association, general ‘BME issues’ and so on.
The lunches will be a safe-space, and so are open to self-defining BME members* only, and we’ll ensure they remain a comfortable environment for everyone attending.
*Not necessarily signed-up members, just as long as you’re a student and self-define as BME (Black & Minority Ethnic).
2) Welcome back social – Dinner and 12 Years a Slave
Saturday – 5:45pm – City Centre (tbc)
We’ll also be having a a dinner/film social to welcome everyone back.
*(The restaurant will be confirmed shortly, but will likely be in the city centre and will have Halal and Vegetarian options)*
The screening of 12 Years a Slave will be at Cineworld on Broad St., starts at 8:15pm and student tickets cost £5 (make sure to bring your student ID/University card).
As things might be busy, we reckon it might be best to book your ticket beforehand (Cineworld only lets you book a few days in advance, so try around Wednesday/Thursday).
3) Genocide Memorial Day
BEMA will be holding an event next week to commemorate Genocide Memorial Day, and historical/modern genocides worldwide.
We’ll have more information out on this later on in the week.
4) BME Guild Councillor elections
Voting: Monday 20th, 10am – Friday 24th January, 4pm
As mentioned last term there are 5 positions for BME Guild Councillors up for election, to represent BME students and interests at Guild Council meetings.
Candidate manifestos can be read here.
You’ll be able to vote via the my.bham portal from next Monday at 10am.
Your BEMA Guild Councillor’s voting records for past Guild Councils can be found here.
5) Guild Officer elections
Nominations close Monday 3rd February, 10am.
Elections/Campaigning open: Wednesday 26th February, 10am
Nominations for Guild Officer elections are open now, for positions leading the Guild on behalf of students at UoB.
Positions include 7 full-time Sabbatical Officer roles, including President and the Vice-Presidents
and 11 part-time Non-Sabbatical Officers, including the Ethnic Minority student Officer (EMO) and Anti-Racism Anti-Fascism Officer (ARAFO).
Nominations packs can be downloaded here.
If you have any questions/queries about running for elections please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
While BEMA cannot support any individual’s candidacy we’d be happy to help with the application process, and look forward to seeing more BME students running in elections this year.