Speak up for culture change at Imperial
Our eight Liberation & Community Officers are the voices of underrepresented groups and ethical causes at Imperial. Elected by the entire student body, they lead on campaigning, lobbying and policy change within the Union and the wider Imperial community to ensure that all members have a fair and equitable experience.
Liberation & Community Officer roles are part-time, unpaid volunteer positions that are taken up alongside full-time study. They are supported by the Deputy President (Welfare) and the Education & Welfare staff team. Each Liberation & Community Officer also sits on Union Council, the student-led policy-making body of Imperial College Union, as well as its subcommittee, the Community & Welfare Board.
The Black & Minority Ethnic (BME) Officer "facilitates the engagement of all BME students in Union activity and represents the views of students on BME issues". They work with student cultural groups and College's Imperial As One staff network to work towards an Imperial community that is inclusive, welcoming, and free from racism and discrimination.
This year, the BME Officer has arranged a calendar of events for Black History Month including a sold-out talk by rapper & political activist Akala.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Black & Minority Ethnic Officer, Chimdi Igwe.
The Disabilities Officer "represents the needs of all students with disabilities at Imperial, whether diagnosed or not, and works to improve the experience for these students during their time at Imperial". They work with disabled members, the Disability Advisory Service, and Able@Imperial to promote a positive culture around disability and inclusivity across the Imperial community.
This year, the Disabilities Officer has participated in Disabilities History Month and improved Imperial College Union's support for neurodivergent students, in partnership with the Mental Health Officer.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Disabilities Officer, Hisham Abdel Aty.
The Ethics & Environment Officer "promotes green and ethical initiatives to students at Imperial and proposes ideas for policy to make Imperial as sustainable as possible". They work with student groups on campaigns including ethical investment, ending reliance on fossil fuels, and encouraging the use of sustainable transport.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Ethics & Environment officer, Rhidian Thomas.
The Gender Equality Officer "represents students with any gender-related equality issues at Imperial and works to improve the experience for those students at Imperial". They work with student groups such as FemSoc and Women in Science, as well as the Women at Imperial programme, to tackle barriers faced by women across the Imperial community.
In recent years, the Gender Equality Officer has worked on issues such as sexual violence and consent, personal safety, and women in leadership.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Gender Equality Officer, Anna Wilson.
The Interfaith Officer "represents the faith needs of students at Imperial, promoting a culture of tolerance and understanding at Imperial". They work closely with faith groups and societies, as well as the College Chaplaincy.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Interfaith Officer, Adil Ali.
The International Officer "represents the needs of international students at Imperial and promotes equality amongst diverse groups of students". They work closely with cultural and national societies, as well as College's International Student Support team.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current International Officer, Rana Khan.
The LGBT+ Officer "represents any sexuality-related needs of students at Imperial and works to stop any discrimination against the LGBT+ community at Imperial". They work with IQ, the LGBT society, and Imperial 600, College's LGBT staff network.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current LGBT+ Officer, Alessio Incitti.
The Mental Health Officer "represents students with mental health issues and works to improve the experience and wellbeing provisions in place for student mental health at Imperial". A new role introduced in 2017, the Mental Health Officer has worked closely with student groups and campaigns such as Mentality and Sleep Imperial.
To find out more about the role, you can contact the current Mental Health Officer, Ariana Sadr-Hashemi.