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Embracing Diversity and Equality in Cornwall: A message from your Vice President

Hello, wonderful students of Cornwall! I'm Orestis, your friendly neighbourhood Sabbatical Officer, and I'm absolutely thrilled to meet you.

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If my name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry – I'm here to introduce myself and share a bit about the exciting journey we're embarking on together. Earlier this year, I was elected as your Vice President, representing the incredible student community at Falmouth & Exeter. My mission? Well, let's dive right into it!

First and foremost, I'm here to champion your wellbeing. I believe that every student should have access to the resources and support they need to thrive during their time at university. From academic stress to personal challenges, I'm dedicated to ensuring your wellbeing remains a top priority.

Next up on my agenda is advocating for queer rights. In today's world, it's crucial that we stand up for what's right, and that includes supporting the LGBTQ+ community. As a queer individual myself, I understand the significance of representation and the freedom to love whoever our hearts choose. Some parts of the world still have a long way to go in accepting and celebrating same-sex love, and we should never forget that.

I come from the vibrant city of Athens, Greece, and my journey to the UK was motivated by the desire to express myself freely without the fear of discrimination. It's a privilege to be here now, in a place where I can embrace my true self without hesitation. My personal experience underscores the importance of creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

Speaking of inclusivity, I'm also committed to fostering a sense of belonging among our international student community. Whether you've travelled halfway across the globe or just a few hours away, Cornwall is your home now, and I'm here to ensure you feel welcomed and supported throughout your journey.

Let's take a moment to reflect on the significance of the queer community. In some parts of the world, the simple act of loving someone of the same gender is still met with prejudice and even persecution. It's a stark reminder of why our advocacy and support matter so much. We must remember and honour the courageous individuals who have fought and continue to fight for the right to love openly.

Cornwall has become a beacon of hope for many like me who sought refuge from discrimination. It's a place where we can express ourselves authentically and without fear. This is something I hold close to my heart, and it's a driving force behind my commitment to ensuring that Cornwall remains a safe and welcoming haven for all.

Let me be crystal clear: I will not tolerate any form of homophobia within our community. We are all human beings, deserving of respect and love, regardless of our gender or who we choose to love. Together, we are on a journey towards equality and acceptance, and I invite each and every one of you to join me in this vital endeavour.

So, to the incredible students of Falmouth & Exeter in Cornwall, I want you to know that I am here for you. Whether you have concerns about your wellbeing, questions about queer rights, or simply want to connect with the international community, I've got your back. Together, we can create a Cornwall where every student feels empowered, valued, and free to be themselves.

Thank you for welcoming me into your vibrant community, and here's to a year filled with positive change, unity, and boundless inspiration.

With warmth and determination,

Orestis Your Vice President


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