Trans Students' Officer

Trans Students’ Officer 2021/22 – Charlie Dennis

RUSU Trans Officer 2021/22 Charlie Dennis

Trans Officer
Charlie Dennis

About me

I am a third year student studying Art and Literature, with an interest in Beat era literature and mixed media art. I will be taking up the role of Trans Students’ Part-time Officer 2021/22, and I am also the President of the LGBT+ Society.

What would you like to achieve during your time in office?

I would like to work with other trans students to get an understanding of the different experiences faced during university life, particularly what trans students from different backgrounds face and whether that affects how they interact with uni life. I would like to use this to work towards making changes that will allow trans students to feel as though they can be fully comfortable during their time at university, and can get the most out of their time here without any limitations or difficulties holding them back.

What experience will you bring to the role?

I was the Trans Rep in the LGBT+ Society in my second year, which gave me some experience in talking to students and helping them with issues they may be facing. I have also been involved in various LGBT+ spaces and trans specific spaces since I was a teenager and can navigate those spaces in both a social and professional context.

Who is your biggest inspiration

My biggest inspirations come from artists who were working during the AIDs crisis, particularly Felix Gonzales-Torres and David Wojnarowicz. They both made provocative and explicit art about the situation and difficulties the community was facing during that time, as well as showing the personal side to those struggles.

You can get in touch with Charlie via his email, transstudents@rusu.co.uk, or via his Facebook page.

Networks

RUSU have created student-run, peer-support networks for you. This is your opportunity to meet other students from similar backgrounds, share common experiences and receive advice and support from each other. RUSU’s Trans Students’ Officer will be running a peer-support network for trans students. You can find out when and where the next meeting is at the Student Networks page.