Last month's Riley Awards (27 April) saw the LUU Liberation Coordinators pick up two awards for their brilliant work across the year.
The BME and Women’s Liberation Coordinators won Best Campaign for their ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ exhibition and panel earlier in the year. The campaign - launched as part of Black History Month - focused on the hair experiences of black students and the micro-aggressions they face for having hair that doesn't fit the norm. It also saw a panel of black hair experts, hair consultants and students talk about their experiences alongside the launch of an exhibit - produced in collaboration with LUU PhotoSoc - that was on display for the whole month.
The second LibCo award of the night was for Lifetime Achievement, and went to Martha Adebambo for her work as a LibCo, Hate Crime Reporting Ambassador, Society President and NUS Delegate. During her time at Leeds she’s thrown herself into a wide range of student volunteering and campaigning, and the award is well-deserved.
Equality and Diversity Officer Natasha Mutch-Vidal said: “I’m incredibly proud of all the hard work and passion the Liberation Coordinators put into their role, and I am especially pleased to see that this work has been recognised for two excellent campaigns. Being a Liberation Coordinator is such an important student role, giving voices to a community you are part of and campaigning on their behalf is especially rewarding and I urge anyone interested to apply to be a Liberation Coordinator for next academic year.”
The recognition of our LibCos is a just reward for a year of hard work from everyone, and for some fantastic campaigns.
If you’d like to get involved, there are 13 LibCo roles available for 2018/19 – with applications closing on Sunday 13th May.
As a LibCo, your role would involve mobilising students to highlight and further the needs of marginalised communities on and off campus. It’s a great opportunity to learn leadership skills, run campaigns and events, take a lead on social and political issues and ensure that the voices of marginalised students are heard and can make a change. You’ll also be one of the guiding forces behind the variation liberation History Months taking place over the year.