Liberation Zones

Imperial College Union has nine Liberation Officers, who each coordinate a Liberation Zone.

The Liberation Officers are elected by the entire student body each year, and perform their role for one year alongside their studies.

What is Liberation?

The term Liberation originated in movements which sought equal rights and recognition for groups of people. As a term, Liberation recognises that particular groups can only gain equal rights and social/economic opportunities through fundamental shifts in the power dynamics of society.

Historical Liberation Movements include:

  • Gay Liberation Fronts, the first of which originated in New York City in 1969 after the Stonewall riots
  • Women's Liberation Movement, a feminist movement through the middle of the 20th century into the 1970s
  • Civil Rights Movement, the campaigns in Western societies for black and ethnic minority citizens to receive fair and equal treatment
  • Disability Rights campaigns, which call for equality of opportunity and access for people with disabilities, and the acceptance of the social model of disability.

These movements impact the lives of Imperial students every day. They helped make today's society more inclusive and diverse than in the past, and have transformed public attitudes towards sexuality, gender, disability and race over the past few decades.

However, much work is yet to be done. There are still attainment gaps and social tensions between students of different ethnicities. Public misunderstanding of disabilities, particularly mental illnesses and learning disabilities, can be common. And our LGBT and women students report incidences of homophobia, misogyny, social exclusion and even assault.

Our other roles reflect issues important to the student body - such as our highly international population, or our religious diversity.

Our Liberation Officers