Who is involved – students
Student Inclusivity Reps
We appointed six Student Inclusivity Reps in October 2020 who work closely with the BSMS inclusivity team helping to promote, support and develop inclusivity initiatives across all intersections.
A.Fullah1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 1 (she/ her)
I am currently a first-year medical student. Prior to studying at BSMS, I completed a Biomedical degree and a Masters in Global Health. I grew up in multicultural East London, and during my Masters focused on the barriers to healthcare access for ethnic minority groups. I am committed to bringing about change by working towards justice and representation for all students and will focus on improving three main aspects of inclusivity at BSMS: race, class and disability. I believe that it is crucial for medical students to have open, unbiased and safe spaces to voice their concerns. I aspire to work with other student representatives and staff to advocate for medical students and help bring about change through openness.
C.Agyemang1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 2 (she/ her)
I am a current second-year medical student and medical science graduate. I’d describe myself as very approachable, down to earth and a great listener. I took on the role as a Student Inclusivity Rep following the Black Lives Matter movement as I felt compelled to challenge institutional racism and other discriminations that are inherent in established systems, processes and cultures. I wanted to work closely with the medical school in tackling and breaking barriers to inclusivity as well as hold the medical school accountable in every aspect. I am committed to proactive efforts to look into ways of making BSMS more inclusive and bring about changes to the curriculum. I believe I am an advocate for all, though my areas of interest include race, religion, gender and sexuality.
M.Yusuf1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 2 (he/ him)
Hi, I'm Mo and I am a second year medical student and a Inclusivity Rep. I feel that it is important to provide an encouraging and supportive environment for us to learn from each other. A big part of going into medicine for me is the opportunity to interact with people from all walks of life - and to be able to appreciate the unique differences that should be celebrated. Unfortunately, our history is often plagued with discrimination and fear of the 'other' and I think it's now more important than ever to step away from such dangerous views. I am always very happy to meet for a chat if you ever feel like talking to someone.
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X.Feng1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 3 (he/ him)
I'm Chinese and I grew up working class in Glasgow before moving to London when I was 10. Having experienced many different environments, I also experience many different sides to people, for better or worse. These experiences, along with learning about philosophy, science and Buddhism, have helped me demystify and deconstruct the wider social forces delimiting my social existence. I hope to do my part in bending the arc of the moral universe towards justice. And, of course, stan Loona for clear skin.
H.Morley1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 3 (she/ her)
I am a third-year medical student and have recently been appointed as a Student Inclusivity Rep. I have always been interested in widening access and advocacy, coming into medicine from a non-traditional background myself, and was excited when this role was announced. I have been a student rep for my year group for two years before this, and since joining BSMS I have been involved with various organisations such as Students for Global Health, Homeless Medicine Society and Medact Brighton. Various health inequities have led me to educate myself more about social determinants of health, and particularly during lockdown, the Black Lives Matter movement prompted me to reject complicity with the status quo. In my inclusivity rep role, I hope to advocate for my colleagues and to challenge issues which with their colonial and capitalist roots threaten health and wellbeing of students, members of the healthcare profession and patients. My interests in particular are in economic justice and disability.
J.Wroblewska1@uni.bsms.ac.uk – Year 5 (she/ her)
I chose to become a Student Inclusivity Rep because I have experienced a multitude of injustices during my time in medical school, and because I knew that it should not and does not have to be like this. My personal life experience as a female migrant, as well as academic and grass-roots political education have taught me that the social, economic and political power lies in the hands of a very narrow demographic of our society. This power, by default, is exclusive of all and everyone it dominates – and as such, to create inclusive spaces, we need active recognition of what made our lives so exclusive to start with, and work to change that. I believe that part of that change is bringing the marginalised voices to the forefront, uninterrupted. My areas of interest are sexism, racism, xenophobia, classism and ageism.
Student drop-in sessions
The student inclusivity reps offer Microsoft Teams drop-in sessions to enable students to reach out and discuss any inclusivity concerns or issues. All discussions will be treated as confidential. Please visit the student platform My Studies for further information or contact one of the student inclusivity reps as above.