English undergraduates shortlisted for the Vice-Chancellor's Diversity Awards

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Congratulations to two English undergraduates who were shortlisted for the award of Student Champion in the Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards. The Vice-Chancellor’s Diversity Awards are an opportunity to celebrate the strength of commitment to equality and diversity at Oxford and to recognise individuals and groups who have inspired others, demonstrated leadership and made a difference to equality and diversity in the University’s working, learning and social environment.

Krisha Hirani

“Krisha is proactive in making Oxford a more inclusive space, frequently engaging with outreach and access, including as UNIQ Ambassador, Asian Heritage Ambassador and Outreach Ambassador. As a columnist for Cherwell, she discusses the beauty of shared language between Hindi and Urdu and the significance of food in culture. Krisha founded the Oxford University Asia Society to embrace Oxford’s Asian diaspora and to promote Oxford as a safe and inclusive space, welcoming non-Asian students and those who want to educate themselves. Krisha also celebrates her culture with those close to her, often cooking dishes that remind her of home and feeding over ten people.”

Georgina Dettmer

“Georgina outlined diversity and inclusion as a central goal for her year as President of the Oxford University Dramatic Society and raised the benchmark for diversity, equality and access within Oxford’s student theatre community. She also founded the Quick Company, a student theatre company devoted to working with first-time actors, many of whom have experienced structural barriers to acting. It has become a staple part of Oxford drama, bridging a gap in a university society often associated with elitism. Georgina collaborated and supported the production 'Intimacies' from 2021-22, showcasing all-Black acting talent in a prominent Oxford space. Many of the cast have gone on to head up their own projects.”


In addition, Sadie Slater, Head of Administration and Finance in the English Faculty, was nominated for the award of Student and Staff Champion.

‘Sadie has applied compassionate administration to the wellbeing of early career researchers and other especially precarious researchers with children or caring responsibilities, using her skills to protect and nurture those who would otherwise have fallen straight out of the ‘leaky pipeline’’.

You can read more about the awards on the Oxford University website