I wish I wasn't writing this email under such sad circumstances. I'm sure by now you've all heard about the tragedy in Orlando. As Hansjochen and Mel have already notified you, there is a vigil in New College Chapel at 9:30 tonight, where the Gentlemen of the Choir will sing Compline, and where prayers will be offered. Unfortunately due to train delays I won't be able to make it, but New College wants to particularly welcome LGBTQ+ and American students.
This Wednesday the OUSU LGBTQ+ Campaign is holding another vigil at 8:30pm on Radcliffe Square. We'll be meeting at 8:15pm in the lodge if you would like to walk over with us. More info on the event can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/522462964613072
More personally, I want to extend my deepest condolences to anyone who might have been affected by this heinous act. I will be in Oxford from tomorrow on and am available to talk to for anyone who would find this helpful. I will try to organise a more formal opportunity to sit down and talk with one another later in the week.
In times like these, it is vital that we visibly stand together, proud and defiant. Too often our community suffers losses such as this. This attack comes on the back of a troubling period for LGBTQ+ and Latinx people in America. We must not allow the same people who would prevent trans people from using the toilet they feel comfortable with or who would build a wall and split up innumerable families prey upon our fears and turn us against our Muslim brothers and sisters. Hate will never triumph over love, and that includes islamophobia. We stand together, all of us.
I know in times like these that I feel particularly frustrated by how impotent I feel and how unable I seem to be to respond in a real and meaningful way to prevent this sort of attack from happening again. If any American students feel similarly and want to act, I suggest you read this article on how to contact your representatives about gun control: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/nicole-silverberg/guide-elected-representatives-gun-control_b_8708154.html
You can check how your state's senators voted on expanded background checks in 2015 here: http://everytown.org/senate-votes/?source=etno_ETActPage&utm_source=et_n_&utm_medium=_o&utm_campaign=ETActPage
Love and peace to you all.
Oxford & Cambridge Summer School is recruiting! We are looking for postgraduate students and postdocs to volunteer their time as tutors at our annual summer school. OCSS is run by OxFizz – a social enterprise which enables current students, recent graduates and post-graduates to raise money for a charity of their choice by teaching on our annual summer school taking place in July and August in Oxford. Each summer school lasts two weeks, and the average time commitment is 90 minutes in the mornings, with one day off a week.
Please find here volunteering activities you could get involved with over the summer (and beyond!!):
KEEN is a student-supported Oxford-based charity that provides free social and sporting activities for young people with special needs in Oxford and the surrounding area. Behind every single one of our sessions is a dedicated group of student volunteers who plan and deliver the activities and provide one-to-one support for our participants so that they can join in regardless of their ability level. The people who participate have a very broad range of needs and disabilities and many have limited social interaction in their day-to-day lives. At KEEN they have the opportunity to take part in activities similar to those enjoyed by their able bodied peers, and can make new friends while having a lot of fun!
Prospective volunteers can find out more at www.keenoxford.org/volunteer. Volunteering with KEEN is extremely flexible as volunteers can attend our regular events as and when they please. You can drop in occasionally or be more actively involved in organising a whole range of events, from bringing stories to life at our “Zig-Zag” drama and crafts session, to helping our users get active at our “AllSorts” Saturday Sports sessions with giant footballs and many other fun bits of kit!
If you have any questions or would like further information, please do get in touch through firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is just a reminder for the upcoming Charities events, namely food collection and clothes/books collection!
Please do not throw away things which could find another home! Donate for charity!!
The Charity Team
• Food collection - from tomorrow to the end of 9th week you will find a box in your halls and in the MCR where you will be able to leave unopened and non-perishable food. Find your nearest box for collection:
Bear Lane - tv room
EPA - common/tv room
Little Clarendon St - kitchen on top floor
Lincoln MCR (near the tv!)
• Clothes and books collection - if there is anything you would like to give to charity please come to the MCR on these dates between 12 and 6pm:
7th week - Wednesday 8th June
8th week - Wednesday 15th June
9th week - Wednesday 22nd June
Dear fellow MCR Members
As newly-elected Academic rep one idea I want to introduce are Thesis/Essay/Writing groups. These will run Tuesdays 2.30pm - 6.30pm in the MCR and chocolate, cake, fruit and tea/coffee will be provided.
The idea is to have a space to work productively, but with the added stimulus of sugar, company and caffeine as stimulus. I plan to vaguely follow the pseudo-scientific revision method of 45-50 minutes of studying followed by 10 minute breaks. So that horrific conclusion to the chapter you have been avoiding can be cut into four easy and manageable chunks. You can almost see my earlier life as a teacher re-emerging. Perhaps I'll bring my sticker chart along as well.
Location and/or time may change in the future but lets see how this goes.