Diversity Officer: Thato Mokhothu

So far I am enjoying the role, although, COVID-19 has ruined other plans that the diversity officer and myself had from the beginning. It’s nice to know that what I am doing matters now and also for the next groups of people that will walk through OIST. It doesn’t matter to me that things take time, it matters to me that our ideas are received, and appropriate plans are made in response.

Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Representative: Maria Emily

Hello, my name is Emily and I am one of the diversity officers. 

I have accepted my position because I like being involved in organizational work, especially in promoting diversity

Gender Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Representative: Isabel Anai Echeverria Oviedo

No one would argue that OIST is a very diverse place, because we have many different people from very different backgrounds. This is one of the reasons why I decided to accept my position as one of the student representatives of the Gender, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (GEDI) Committee. Having so much diversity is not very common in other places and working directly on diversity on a place like this is a very enriching experience.

Sustainability Representative: Florian Lalande

Okinawa is the most beautiful place I have ever lived, and I am sure that all of you agree with me to say that Okinawan landscapes, culture, flora and fauna are breathtaking. This is therefore a pleasure for me to be involved in the sustainability development of OIST. As our University expands, I believe that this is our responsibility to protect the subtropical rainforest and the inhabitants of Onna-son.

Constitutional SAM (Student Assembly Meeting)

On Friday the 17th of July there was a Student Assembly Meeting (SAM) to discuss the amendments that the officers of the Student Assembly had bought forward from the constitutional retreat a month before.