Meet Luke and Sophie, our Welfare Vice President and Queer Rights Officer

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Meet Luke and Sophie, our Welfare Vice President and Queer Rights Officer

Luke, what do you hope to achieve this semester as WVP?

More and more people are aware of and are using AUSA’s welfare support services! I want to grow this and ensure we continue to meet students’ needs.

The University is currently developing its mental health plan for the next three years. AUSA has an important role to ensure that students are heard in this process. Mental health systems must be fit for purpose and barriers for access must be removed.

The WVP sits on the University’s most important equity committees. As such I need to be a supportive and available ally to all the diverse equity groups on campus and help ensure that every member of our student community has the opportunity to succeed.

Where is the best cheap meal in Auckland?

My flatmate makes incredible arancini which are free and delicious. In terms of commercially available options, you’ve got to love New Flavour.

Sophie, Why did you run for QRO?

In the 18 months I’ve been at the University of Auckland. I’ve noticed that, although the LGBTQIA+ community is identifiable and accessible to new comers, there is room for new voices to be heard, flourish and grow, not only in our own community, but wider society also.  I want to improve our representation, have our identities appreciated, and strengthen our voices.

I want to play a part in establishing a more effective dialogue with faculties on topical issues the University faces. so that we’re more than just an after-thought, and have a real say on issues that affect us.

Alll LGBTQIA+ students should feel welcomed and respected by their peers, and to feel like their identities are valid through meaningful representation, and I am determined to see that through to fruition.

Where is the best cheap meal in Auckland?

Barilla dumplings in the Uni quad. 100%