If you are a returning student, welcome back. If you are a new student, welcome to La Trobe!
First, I would like to acknowledge traditional owners of the lands that La Trobe University Student Union (LTSU) operates on, and pay my respects to their elders past, present, and emerging. I also acknowledge that the lands on which both LTSU and La Trobe University are built are Aboriginal lands whose people’s sovereignty was never ceded.
My name is Ramy Aljalil (He/Him), I am the 2023 LTSU General Secretary. Over the past two years, I’ve had the honour of being the Education Officer and Vice President. I’m proud to say LTSU is run by students, for students. I’m in my final year and determined to leave LTSU and La Trobe a better place than when I started. Going into 2023, I aim to continue the important work we began in 2022. We relaunched the Chill Out trolley providing free food in the library to students studying late, and the welfare BBQ. We also established the Advocacy service, providing crucial support for students when it comes to matters of academic integrity, extensions and much more.
I wholeheartedly believe that this union is at its best when its actively working to advance the interests and well-being of students. In 2022, we successfully ran several campaigns that will have a profound impact on students. This includes the return of the Glider Bus, free menstrual products in bathrooms, fixing the parking infringement system, reopening private study rooms, and extending library operating hours. I cannot wait to keep working on more campaigns in 2023!
I’ll just leave you with this point, the support we get from students are the reason why we exist. Throughout the past couple of years, the interactions I’ve had with students has been invaluable. Whether it’s at a stall, BBQ, or replying to an email, I hope to foster a culture at the LTSU that is welcoming to all students. So please, if you see one of us around, come say hello! Speak to us and learn more about how the LTSU can improve your time at university.
I can’t wait to see you all on campus