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Your ideas can be about anything, from big structural changes to small amendments. They can call for change from within SUBU, BU or the wider community.  Your ideas can be action based such as asking the Union to lobby the university on a specific issue or ideological such as supporting a specific group. Prior to every meeting of the SUBU Summit and Student Members' meeting the SUBU Summit Chair goes through all your ideas and decides which ones should be developed into motions and taken to the meetings. Motions are discussed and debated and a final vote is then taken. If approved these motions then become Union Policy. You can find out more about Union Policy, as well as viewing the current list of live policies here.


When submitting your idea be sure to include the following information in the description:

1. What you think the problem is- this should include background information including facts, figures and research

2. What you think the solution is- this is the large scale changes that need to happen and the specific steps that you think need to be taken 

3. Which Full-Time Officer you think should lead on it

4. What other student groups you think should be involved in this work



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    Pronoun badges available on BU campuses

      I propose that pronoun badges be an item that is available for free on BU campuses. 1. First years and new society members can often face the issue of having their assumed pronouns be different from the one's they use. This can be an issue in new spaces, particularly less-LGBT+ visible spaces. Historically, societies and classes have gotten around this problem by using single use stickers - they are effective, but not reusable.. Normalising wearing pronoun badges when meeting new people has proven to be effective in reducing transphobia in work and education. 2. I believe one solution is to have pronouns badges available on campus. Badges are more subtle indications of one's gender identity, are reusable and could improve the accessibility of conveying one's pronouns in social situations. Furthermore, visibility is a sign of support for the trans community - having badges freely available can make new members of the BU community feel more comfortable. 3. The PDA LGBT+ network offer university's free pronoun badges if you become a member. The PDA is an organisation working in England and Wales whose policy compliments BU and SUBU ethos when it comes to gender equality and trans visibility. They offer 5 different badges (he/him - she/her - they/them - he/they - she/they) and you can order as many as you want. I propose that a bowl of them be available at SU shop, with signage to say they are free to take. I would also encourage that people working in SU shop and The Base (for example) and BU are encouraged to wear badges to normalise their usage. 4. Arianna Ohna (Trans and Non Binary Officer). 5. I think all student campaigns should be aware of this work, particularly gender conscious ones such as LGB+ Campaign, Women's campaign. 6. Jack Edmondson s5226066.
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