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#StudentChangemaker: Equality Check UK Launches National Campaign Celebrating Young Activists

This campaign aims to celebrate the work of student leaders who have committed valuable time and energy to running, leading - and founding - campaigns & societies to promote equality, diversity and inclusion within their student communities.

29.08.2021

It should come as no surprise to us that role models are incredibly influential on how we feel, think and act. And role models don't have to be huge 'success stories' placed on a societal pedestal, published in magazine after magazine, posted across billboards; rather, they are most often the people we see on a day-to-day basis. They are a huge part of our everyday lives, and for many young people, these people are our friends, coursemates, and fellow students.

Many of us acknowledge that the world we live in is not equal. Some are automatically given a leg-up over others simply because of the colour of their skin; the way their body functions; who they choose to love; their gender, or simply, where they were born. However, at universities across the UK, there are students who not only acknowledge these inequalities but who actively confront them. These are the Changemakers, the trailblazers and the leaders of tomorrow.

Whether that's through working with, leading, or even founding their own societies, unions and campaigns, they are fighting for equal rights in the student experience. They champion equality and campaign for it, something we at Equality Check, a bottom-up, community-driven platform that nudges employers to make fairer, positive change, hold close to our hearts. Our common goal of achieving a more equal society aligns with the fantastic work these Changemakers are doing.

It is for this reason that we have chosen to launch this Student Changemaker Campaign: these young individuals deserve to be acknowledged for their commitment to creating a fairer, more accessible world for current and future generations.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be announcing our chosen Student Changemakers little by little to give you a glimpse of who they are and what they are about, so don’t forget to keep an eye out for that!

Without further ado, our first four Changemakers are:

Image Description: Ananya Jain, a young woman with round glasses, dark eyes and dark black hair, stands in the centre of the photo smiling at the camera. She is wearing a black jumper and large gold and red earrings.

Ananya (she/her) is currently in the second year of her tenure as BAME Officer at the University of St Andrews Students' Association. Within this role, she serves as President of the BAME Students' Network. You can follow Ananya's work and the development of the St Andrews BAME Students' Network on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

Image Description: Dami Fawehinmi, a young woman with short pink hair and glasses, is sitting in a red velvet armchair. She is dressed smartly with lots of gold jewellery. She is holding a microphone and looks thoughtful.

Dami (she/her) has just started as President of Newcastle University LGBTQ+ Society, a society that aims to support, campaign on behalf of and provide a safe space for the University's LGBTQ+ community. You can follow Dami's work with Newcastle University LGBTQ+ Society on Instagram: @NCLLGBT and Twitter: @NCLLGBT.

Image Description: The words ‘Successful Womxn At Glasgow: SWAG’ are written in bold white letters around the edge of a plum-coloured circle. In the middle there is a white sketch of a tower on a splash of mustard colour, surrounded by brown and white leaf-like shapes.

SWAG is a University of Glasgow feminist platform and society which aims to celebrate, inspire and facilitate all successful women in both their personal and professional lives.

Image Description: Tony Farag, a young man with dark curly hair, stands confidently in the middle of an archway covered with vines. He is dressed formally, wearing a black jacket, bow tie and waistcoat, and has his arms crossed in front of his body.

Tony is the Founding Director of Walk In My Shoes (WIMS): The Oxford Ethnic Minority Experience, a student-led video project that aims to foreground the voices and lived experiences of ethnic minority students at one of the UK's longest established universities. You can follow WIMS' brilliant work on Instagram: @wims_oxforduni, Youtube: @WIMS: The Oxford Ethnic Minority Experience, and Facebook: @wims.oxforduni

Image Description: #StudentChangemaker, A diverse group of 8 students stand in the middle of a street. Only their shoulders and heads are visible. They are looking defiantly and confidently at the camera.

Are you a #StudentChangemaker doing phenomenal work, or know of Changemakers who are championing and campaigning for equality? Nominate someone from your social media by writing a bit about them, tagging us @EqualityCheck - and make sure to include #StudentChangemaker! You can also email us: hello@equalitycheck.it with the subject #StudentChangemaker.

Equality Check is a bottom-up, community-driven way to encourage employers to catalyse positive change in their workplace. Our common goal of achieving a more equal workplace relies on passionate community builders who will engage their colleagues, friends, and family to join the platform. When you anonymously review your workplace & sign up, make sure to check out our ambassador program.

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