Esther Bukoye, Vice President

Esther Bukoye, Vice President

Name: Esther Bukoye

Birth place: Nigeria

Random fact about yourself: I’m a hat person, who loves burgundy. I am also a rapper by night.

Favourite Emoji: The fire emoji, because even in the darkest times, life is LIT. I always look for that silver lining.

Best quote you’ve heard: "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humour and some style” – Maya Angelou 

Who would play you in a film: Kerry Washington. She SLAYS every role!  

Main priority for year at the Guild:Besides fulfilling my policies (discounted driving lessons and reviewing student housing rights) I intend to foster more cultural diversity at the Guild. 

  • Successfully worked in collaboration with the Library to redesign and promote the usage of the Pass the Book Website, so that students have access to more affordable course textbooks, which has resulted in a HUGE increase of registered users on the website and an increase in books sold, bought and donated.
  • Check out our new promotional video – here. Don’t chuck your book, Pass the Book!
  • In collaboration with Liverpool John Moore’s, Liverpool Hope and Liverpool Student Homes, we’ve launched a housing campaign called “Rent Right” to highlight to students their legal rights concerning housing and advice when it comes to searching for and choosing the ‘Right’ house!
  • We’ve also produced a new booklet titled “Rent Right” to help do this.
  • We’ve organised a central housing talk led by LSH for students to attend and become more aware of their rights and become aware of the housing advice services students have access to.

As a representative and involving student union, we collaborated with faith societies and non-faith societies to help promote and celebrate interfaith week 2018. This was done via various activities such as an interfaith-crawl, activities such as an inspiration tree with positive comments, prayers, quotes, scriptures and more displayed throughout the week, and a having difficult conversations workshop.

  • Worked to redesign BHM and make it more visible and present on campus with newer marketing designs and increased presence of those designs.
  • Collaborated closely with societies to help a wider amount of the student body interact with and celebrate Black History Month
  • Launched ‘Hear My Voice’ (an outdoor concert) with a range of talented student performers from steel pans society to speakers, spoken word artists and more to celebrate BHM in a visible manner.
  • Organised a range of BHM Articles to be published to start & further conversation around race on campus.
  • Organised a range of new & successful events throughout the month, such as 2 Hear My Voice events, a Black History Month Debate (in collaboration with Liverpool Debating Union and our political societies) , 2 Black Panther screenings (in collaboration with Film Society), a Windrush Talk, a Black Feminists event (in collaboration with Femsoc), a FLASH MOB Choir ( in collaboration with the Music Dept.) and more.
  • Playing and having access to music has a number of social and mental health benefits for students. Such as meeting and befriending people through congregating around our famous Guild Pianos, as well as acting as a stress relief for many students and staff.
  • Increasing music on campus has been achieved through the continual maintenance of our Guild Pianos,
  • As well as having secured the Guild an outdoor Steinway piano placed on university square for the use and benefit of all.
  • Hosting The Voice UK auditions at the Guild, giving students the opportunity to belt out high notes and release their inner Adele out.
  • This has also been achieved through activities such as the Flash Mob Choir in the Guild, and the new Hear My Voice events launched on campus.
  • Created and launched ‘Hear My Voice’ a regular series of themed outdoor concerts to allow students to discuss themed topics through creative outlets in an open space.
  • The launch event was themed around Black History Month with a vast amount of students and societies participating & expressing their voice through different creative outlets.
  • We've organised 4 'Hear My Voice' events this academic year.
  • Students and socities were able to showcase various talents, from signing, to rapping, to steel pans, to contemporary dancing and more.
  • These outdoor concerts have explored themes such as International Women’s Day, Black History Month, the end of exams and more.
  • Supported course representatives to ensure departments follow and implement the current lecture capture policy
  • Worked through the university committee structures to ensure the implementation of the policy and to question the dispensation of exemptions when appropriate

I've researched and liasied with contacts at NUS to highlight driving as an option students can consider picking up. Not only will learning how to drive increase an individuals employability, NUS have secured a national deal to make it more afforable for students. Have a read of my blog to find out how you can get started here.

Created and launched a series of guest lectures known as 'Guild Talks'. These events were specically themed around topics such as identity, black history, liberation and more, in order to create and foster discussion on said topics where there was none before. These series of guest lectures are aimed to allow students from multiple backgrounds; such as BAME as well as allies to have access to and learn about various topics and experiences that are not often discussed on their ‘structured’ curriculum.

  • We've been fortunate enough to successfully host decorated academics and guest speakers from across the country and collaborate with organisations such as Writing On the Wall (WOW) for WOWFest 2019. 
  • Our Guild Talks programme have included: 
  • From Emancipation to Windrush, Dr Christienna Fryar
  • Intersectionality and Its Mis-use, Dr Azeezat Johnson
  • Discrimination As a Virus, Professor Iyiola Solanke
  • In Conversation with Rose Thomas (WOWFest19)/ Diversity and the Fictions of a Decolonised Institution,  Rose Thomas, Dr Meleisa Ono-George and Esther Bukoye
  • Created and launched a brand new outreach event targeted at year 10 school students in the local Liverpool community with the aim of building confidence and moulding young students into future leaders.
  • The event was organised in collaboration with our amazing Guild societies (Women in Stem society and Coding and Robotics society), the University of Liverpool and Speakers Trust UK.
  • The day consisted of year 10 students hearing a personal and motivational opening speech delivered by Esther Bukoye (Vice President).
  • Young students then growing in confidence through public speaking workshops delivered by Speakers Trust, and students being exposed to univeristy life via workshops delivered by the Guild's fantastic socities. The day closed with an enagaging Q&A panel on university life and what it's like studying at the University of Liverpool.

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