Community Organisers

Community Organising

Here at the Students’ Union we support students to make change through commmunity organising and autonomous student-led campaigning. We work with a team of student community organisers.

Our University campus is a diverse community of people where smaller community also exist within. Like in a city, there are people who have a powerful voice and are heard whilst others do not. As a Students' Union, we want to make sure we listen and engage with a broader range of students and work with them to build their collective and individual power. By working with community organisers who have 1-2-1s and group meetings with students, we want to support students to work with decision-makers in the Union and University and hold them to account to create the change students want.

What is community organising?

'Community organising is the work of bringing people together to take action around their common concerns and overcome social injustice' (Community Organisers). Community organisers reach out and listen to members of the community, identify leaders and connect and motivate people to build their collective power, tackle issues and make positive change happen.

Meet our team of community organisers

Conor (he/him) - Chemistry MA

I am happy to listen to anyone's concerns, whether they have concerns regarding activities or another issue entirely. I share experiences with LGBTQ+ and First Generation scholar students.

[email protected]
Conor Sussex (Facebook)

Hadeel (she/her) - International Developement with Arabic, 2nd year

I'm happy to speak to all students including those of ethnic minority background - including BAME and Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) students - as well as students of Islamic faith, women and First-Generation Scholars as I share these identities.

[email protected]
Hadeel Sussex (Facebook)

Haris (he/him) - Sociology and International Development, 2nd year

I am open to listening to you no matter if you are an international or home student as well as an undergraduate or mature student.

[email protected]
Haris Sussex (Facebook)

Liberty (she/her) - Governance, Development and Public Policy MA

I am comfortable speaking to anyone. I share my experiences with women and postgraduate-taught students. Please contact me if you would like to get involved or to talk, I'll be looking forward to meeting and working with you."

[email protected]
Liberty Sussex (Facebook)

Roxane (she/her) - International Relations MA (part-time)

I'm comfortable speaking to anyone at Sussex including part-time, international or postgraduate (taught) students as well as anyone who is disabled as I share similar experiences.

[email protected]
Roxane Sussex (Facebook)

Talia (she/her or they/them) - American Studies and English, 2nd year

I feel particularly comfortable talking to women, LGBTQI+, Jewish and disabled students as these are 4 identity traits I hold. Of course, I am happy talking to any other students if you would like to meet.

[email protected]
Talia Sussex (Sussex)

Kirsty (she/her) - Social Anthropology MA

I am comfortable speaking to anyone at Sussex. I share experiences with postgraduate, First Generational scholar, BAME, Chinese as well as any students who are disabled.

[email protected]
Kirsty Sussex (Facebook)

Aditi (she/her) - Computer Science, Foundation Year

I am comfortable speaking to anyone including Foundation Year students. BAME students or whose from an ethnic minority background, women and first-generational scholars.

[email protected]
Aditi Sussex (Facebook)

Grazia (she/her) - PhD in Human-Computer Interaction

Being a parent and PhD student myself, I am especially comfortable speaking with students who share these experiences but I am also happy to speak to anyone else.

[email protected]
Grazia Ragone (Facebook)

Jolene (she/her) - Exchange student, Global Studies

I share experiences with students from Hong Kong and exchange students so feel free to reach out to me. I am also happy to talk to anyone who wants a good chat and share their thoughts. I am keen on listening to your views or challenges you may be facing

[email protected]
@jolene.sussex (Instagram)

Mali (he/him) - Sociology and International Development, 2nd year

I want connect with fellow LGBTQ+ students. Some of the obstacles I faced as a trans man at university include: misgendering, ignorance and transphobia, as well as issues around accessing healthcare, housing and bathrooms on campus.

[email protected]
mali_sussex (Instagram)

Sonja (she/her) - Entrepreneurship and Innovation, MSc

I am comfortable speaking to any Sussex student who needs a friendly conversation or an issue to share. Since I am a mom of two, I could particularly find common ground with students who are parents or parents-to-be.

[email protected]
Sonja Sussex (Facebook)

Tahmida (she/her) - Genetics MSci, 4th year

I share experiences with Muslim students, BAME students, women and first-generation scholars but I am more than happy to talk to other students too.
Tahmida Sussex

Elan (he/him) -

I am open to listening to you no matter if you are an international or home student as well as an undergraduate or mature student.

[email protected]
Elan Sussex (Facebook)

Yuansheng (he/him)

I am mainly listening to and working with Chinese students.

[email protected]

Isthiak (he/him)

I am mainly listening to and working with Muslim students.

[email protected]

Community organising at Sussex and in Brighton

We are a member of Citizens UK, a national Community Organising body and a founding member of the Citizens UK's Brighton Alliance, an independent membership alliance of civil society institutions working together for the common good of our city. Citizens UK are broad-based community organisers, bringing organisations across the city together. By establishing a space where educational institutions, charities, faith institutions and businesses can work together to reach our and listen to their membership, communities can grow more powerful, hold decision-makers to account and work with them to make positive change happen in the city.

Last year, our community organisers held a listening campaign to find out the main themes and issues students are concerned about. They listened to what individuals had to say about their student experience at Sussex, what they valued, what issues they or their community faced and ideas and solutions students had. Additionally, student organisers also held group meetings called House meetings around some of the key issues that regularly came up with the students, giving students the opportunity to meet other people who are facing similar issues and/ or are passionate about making a change happen. 6 dominant topics emerged out conversations held between students and organisers:

  1. Awareness, visibility and structure of the Students’ Union
  2. Welfare
  3. Education
  4. Work and employability
  5. Activities and events
  6. (Cost of) living in Brighton

You can read more about the themes and issues students raised in our full report.

Contact us

Email: [email protected]

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