Hey everybody! Kim here. Today’s post will be all about Representative Committees and my experience.
I was the Marketing and Publicity Officer of the International Students’ Committee (ISC) for 2016/17. To be honest, I didn’t know that the ISC was one of the Representative Committees in the Students’ Union when I first joined them. I just thought that it was just another society and I was wrong because Representative Committees serve a bigger purpose for members of the Students’ Union.
Representative Committees exist to promote the views and interests of, and organise activities for, specific sections of the Full Members of the Students’ Union. There are in total, 7 elected representative committees at Sheffield’s Students’ Union: Black & Minority Ethnic Students’ Committee, Disabled and Dyslexic Students’ Committee, International Students’ Committee, LGBT+ Students’ Committee, Mature Students’ Committee, Postgraduate Students’ Committee and Womens’ Committee. These committees are run by students who wants to represent and receive specialist staff support.
I was elected on October 2016, which is quarter way through the role term. Any student who fits the requirements of the roles in Representative Committees can try to run for it. I was basically in charge of the ISC’s social media platforms and marketing strategies of all the events and campaigns. I also had personal goals to achieve as the officer, which was to implement more sustainable marketing practices for the ISC. The ISC had all kinds of events and campaigns, such as World Week, World Food Festival, International Cultural Evening, Refugees Week, TV Marathon for Climate Change 2017, and Women in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. While I did not totally eliminate flyering as a promotional tool, I reduced the amount of waste by only buying the necessary amount needed. Besides that, we increased the amount of online paid promotions.
I have already officially retired from the role. I believe the future committee will achieve much more than the committee of my year. Majority of the ISC members are passionate about their roles and making a positive impact. If you would like to get involved (I would recommend!), follow the ISC’s Facebook page and sign up to be part of the subcommittees. We have a subcommittee for events, welfare, publicity and media. By being part of the subcommittee, you get perks, like free entry to our events and campaigns. And who knows, you might even take up an official committee role in the future.