The Dundee University Students’ Association (DUSA) Executive are your elected representatives for academic year 2022/23. They work together to ensure students have the best experience possible.
Jazmine Bennett is the Vice-President (VP) of Community. Jazmine can support you with campaigns, society activities, and engaging you in DUSA services. They’re particularly keen to boost the representation and engagement of marginalised groups, such as BAME and LGBT students.
The OneDundee bloggers had a chat with Jazmine to help you get to know them better:
Q: Jazmine, why did you decide to run for this role?
A: I’ve been engaged in student organising and campaigning during my time at Dundee and I saw this role as an opportunity to empower other students to do the same. I’m also passionate about making University of Dundee a more inclusive place for LGBT+, specifically transgender, students.
Q: What are your aims for the year?
A:I have three main projects I’m working on this year:
- A Community Action Forum to advise and support students who want to run their own campaigns.
- Getting DUSA signed up to the Unite Hospitality Charter to ensure better working conditions for student staff.
- Organising a DUSA Pride initiative to celebrate and empower the LGBT+ community.
Q: What can you help students with?
A:I can support students with campaigns, society activities, and engaging them in DUSA services. I’m also here to help students develop their skills and leadership, through societies and DUSA structures like the Student Representative Council (SRC) and the Community Action Forum. I’m all about empowering the student voice and fostering our global student community.
Q: What made you choose to study at Dundee?
A:I was attracted to the flexibility of Scottish degrees and the opportunity to try lots of different subjects before specialising in my third year. For me, living in a walkable city was also a priority and I’m yet to encounter a city more walkable than Dundee.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice you can offer a new student?
A: You have so much power as an individual and university is the perfect time to unlock that. Stand up for the things you believe in and against injustices you see, not only in the world, but also in your local community.
Q: What’s your favourite memory during your time at Dundee?
A: Last year, I was the President of the Socialist Society. We had our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May and as we elected the new committee, reflected on the year together, and talked the night away, I felt so warm reflecting on all we’d achieved that year, from solidarity initiatives to food bank collections.