Ellie Stephenson, Madeleine Powell, Liam Thomas, Mingxiaox Tu

The Welfare Officers acknowledge the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, upon whose land we do our work. We recognise the responsibility of the Welfare Department to do actively anti-racist and anti-colonial work, and to prioritise the experiences of Indigenous people.

The Welfare Department has identified 3 key concerns to work on:

1. Student support services and the insufficiency of CAPS for students
2. Inaccessibility of subjects which refuse to use content warnings or have assessments which can be harmful to students (e.g. PSYCH assessments which require students to restrict food intake, which could trigger disordered eating)
3. Students’ rights at work and the importance of ensuring that students are able to access information and help about exploitation, underpayment and poor conditions at work.

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Our work can’t be separated from students’ wider quality of life and, therefore, society broadly. Given this — and especially in advance of the Federal Election — I want to highlight the importance of engaging politically with systems which profoundly marginalise students. In particular, I believe that the welfare of students is predicated on challenging economic injustice which threatens their dignity and quality of life, and resisting prejudiced worldviews which exclude people on the basis of their identity or ability. The Welfare Department will contribute to activism challenging these systems.

From Ellie on behalf of the Welfare Department.