SU Elections 2020 – VP for Welfare and Equality: Kate Stafford

Aoibhín Meghen

Kate Stafford smiling.

[This candidate did not accept an in-person or phone interview with The College View]

This candidate for Vice President for Welfare and Equality wants an equal playing field between men and women in sport and to increase student well-being.

Kate Stafford, is running in the current students’ union (SU) election. Included in her manifesto are proposals for a campaign for equality between men and women within DCU sports, making DCU more accessible, as well as introducing a self-care initiative in DCU.

She also wants to provide students with information on how to manage college expenses, including information on potential schemes they may be eligible for and help students who are struggling to balance work and college.

Stafford, who declined to speak to The College View, is in her final year of Business Studies in DCU. She has been very involved in sport in DCU so she is putting an emphasis on women’s sport in her campaign. 

Stafford says she will “aim to provide better opportunities for women in sports in terms of scholarships and greater exposure” according to her manifesto. 

She also proposes establishing a campaign in DCU similar to the 20×20 campaign to encourage more participation in sports.

Although in her manifesto she says that she wants improved equality for Erasmus and international students, it is unclear what actions she plans to put in place to achieve this.

Similarly she wants to make DCU more equal and accessible for people with disabilities however her plans on how to do so are not included in her manifesto.

Other actions and initiatives proposed by Stafford include improving student well-being by introducing designated areas on campus where students can “rest their mind and take a step back” according to her manifesto.

At the beginning of the campaign Stafford posted on her campaign Facebook page Kate 4 Welfare that, “welfare is something that we often neglect and [she] would love to see improvements being made in it”

According to her manifesto, if elected as VP for Welfare and Equality, Stafford will have a similar open door policy as her predecessor in this role, Aisling Fagan. 

She will also maintain and build the close relationship between the SU and the LGBTQ+ community.

Aoibhín Meghen

Image credit: Kate Stafford