At the end of last year, the LGBTQ+ society amended it's constitution during an EGM. One of the changes made to the constitution at that point was a clause stating that the committee should have at least one individual who identifies as part of the following groups: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual/Pansexual, Trans/Non-Binary, Asexual, Aromantic and BAME. In addition, the committee should have at least one individual who is a student at the Winchester School of Art. If a committee does not have anyone who identifies within one of those groups, an EGM should be called to elect ordinary members to represent the interests of the unrepresented group.
As such, at the upcoming EGM, we will be electing not only a new secretary, but for the first time three new ordinary members to represent the aromantic and BAME communities, as well as students at the Winchester School of Art. These ordinary members will have a very similar remit to the 2 ordinary member positions that are always on committee - they will hold the committee to account, making sure that we accurately represent and act on the needs of the LGBTQ+ student body on campus, and particularly the groups they were elected to represent. They will also take on responsibilities and support other members of the committee in their endeavours as needed.
We will be running these as three separate votes, which means that that if you are elected to one of the positions, you will no longer be in the running for the other positions. This does not mean that, say, a student elected as the ordinary member to represent BAME students who is also a student at the WSA will not be able to represent WSA students at committee meetings - merely that we may have two people on the committee who are able to represent WSA students, in much the same way that we have multiple members of the committee at the moment who feel able to represent the Trans/Non-Binary communities.
As ever, if you have any questions regarding these roles or the election process, please feel free to reach out to the committee. We hope to see lots of you running!