With multiple resignations at Goldsmiths Student Union, the remaining team are quick to make plans in building what it has lost.
Tonight the remaining sabbatical officer, Daniel Nasr, along with Democracy Coordinator, Jamie Green, organised a meeting with part-time officers and the SU Deputy CEO Jen Hart.
The intention of the meeting was to clarify any queries or anxieties that officers had following the recent and surprising events at GSU which saw the resignation of several staff at the union. The meeting also began a conversation on what officers wished to achieve with the remainder of the year and on how the union can begin to rebuild its strength and trust within the student body.
The meeting saw discussion on existing campaigns and how to move them forward, including housing issues, migrant response campaigns, sexual harassment campaigns and the increase of open student forums where students are able to talk to the warden or estates of Goldsmiths on a face-to-face basis. There was also talk on welfare training and diversity training for all part-time officers.
Daniel Nasr put particular emphasis on thinking about how GSU can begin to reestablish itself, ensuring that any stigma attached with the union does not roll over into the next academic year.
In the past week the union and its members have been faced unfathomable stress and criticism. This, along with the dramatic decrease in staff has understandably led to Goldsmiths students to lose hope in the future of their SU. However, the meeting tonight marked the first paving stone of a journey that the union is planning to take in putting the interest of the student body first, making progress on how to fill union roles once more, and developing strategies for the long term.
Tasks and campaigns will be delegated accordingly so that GSU will be able to continue running as a go-to support system for the student body.
Words by Taylor McGraa