Esther (Opy) Shonibare
for Diversity Officer

Understanding the differences and acting on the commonalities… Love is the key to DIVERSITY…

About Esther (Opy)

My name is Esther (Opy). I’m currently a Fashion & Texiles student in my final year. I'm a Poet and have been a youth leader for three years, in which I mentor young people from diverse backgrounds, between the ages of 12 to 17, from which I gained various leadership skills.

I have a deep knowledge of African & British Cultures, as I was born in Africa and have lived both there and in the UK, and more recently, for the past six years consistently.

Esther's (Opy's) promises

  1. To create even more equal opportunities for everyone, especially minority groups.
  2. To improve the university’s student support systems, in order to help students with disabilities and/or struggling at university.
  3. To reduce the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) attainment gap at the University of Wolverhampton.
  4. To create a safe environment and atmosphere for students to openly express themselves and their views.
  5. To create an even more conducive study environment for all students.

More information...

As a final year international student with a learning disability, I have faced my own struggles at uni, and I would like to do my very best to help make other students’ university experience less challenging. In my manifesto I have made five promises, and this is how I intend on achieving them:

  • To create even more equal opportunities for everyone, especially minority groups, by creating and promoting diversity oriented events, to ensure everyone has a voice and feels included.
  • More than 27% of students registered at the university of Wolverhampton are registered as disabled. My aim for the coming year is to improve the university’s student support systems, by creating more support forums for students, especially students with disabilities and/or struggling with their work, so they get the right support they need. 
  • To reduce the Black Minority Ethnic (BME) attainment gap. I asked a good number of students for their suggestions on what would make them feel safe and comfortable to ask for help with their work, and they suggested more support tutors and technicians, and more diversity within the academic staff. So I hope to achieve creating a safe space for students to ask for help, and to have more diversity within the academic staff.
  • To create a safe environment and atmosphere for students to openly express themselves and their views, by supporting various societies set up by students.
  • To create an even more conducive study and work environment for all students. From my conversations with students, there are various issues that were brought up within their different faculties that have not yet been addressed by the university, which I intend on addressing; i.e. Lack of heating and proper ventilation in the Arts and Design building, and cheaper food prices in the canteen.

In my tenure as Diversity Officer, I will do my very best to see that these issues are addressed so as to give every student the best possible experience at the University of Wolverhampton. I look forward to working with my fellows students to achieve these goals and more.

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