As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations, throughout March we will be shining the spotlight on some of the amazing women who have helped shape the Association over the years and are a vital part of our history.
Patrice completed her studies for a BA (Hons) Design and Innovation (with Business) in 2020 and is the Association’s Vice President for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the 2020/2022 term.
Patrice is a voice of reason, change, support and representation on behalf of all students and those from backgrounds with protected characteristics. She advises and encourages the consistent implementation and adherence to equality, diversity and inclusion policies, in addition to providing support and guidance to the Disabled Students Group, OU Pride and the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Students Group.
Patrice started volunteering at the Association because she wanted to make a difference and to be an example for other students, which is something she has undoubtedly achieved. Patrice has continuously strived to highlight challenges students face in their educational journey, and the importance of having a voice within the wider student community and the University.
Patrice’s mantra perfectly summarises why she has been an amazing asset to the Association over the years, and why she has been a key part of the Association family:
‘Being a community is having a voice; having a voice is everything!' (VOICE = 'Value, Opinion, Inclusion, Choice and Equity!')
This article is part of an ongoing series celebrating the 50th anniversary of the OU Students Association.
Please visit the OU students website to find out more about the events planned to celebrate this occasion, and how you can get involved.