Member for Gender Equality

Hi, I'm Leonor and I'm your Member for Gender Equality for the 2019/20 academic year!

Hi, I'm Leonor and I'm your Member for Gender Equality for the 2019/20 academic year!

Hi everyone! My name is Leonor Capelier, a second year Spanish and Arabic student from the sunny south of England! I am honoured to be your new member for gender equality for the academic year 2019-2020. Fighting for gender equality has always been a principal of mine and so I will do whatever it takes to maintain an equal and inclusive environment for all – through running events such as Reclaim the Night, ensuring the Union is a harassment-free zone, introducing gender inclusive training to university staff and encouraging access to gender imbalanced subjects!

Prior to university, I was involved with my college’s feminist society, leading discussions from women in porn to male suicide. We also coordinated talks from feminist figures as well as organising events, something I hope to continue on a larger scale in my role as Gender Equality member! More recently, teaching school students in Ecuador about the importance of gender equality was challenging yet eye-opening about the varying views people have about gender equality. 

Sitting on the SRC, the Equal Opportunities Committee and the Association's GBV working group all give me great platforms to voice students’ experiences and opinions in the St Andrews community. I will welcome any students’ comments and experiences about gender equality in St Andrews and endeavour to make sure the University listens to uphold a fair environment to all. 

Entering into university life with thousands of young people can be daunting, as well as St Andrews being a unique, tight-knit hub of a community! Both myself and the rest of the council members are here to ensure everyone can enjoy their experience here so don’t be afraid to get in touch! Typically, you’ll find me fueling up on coffee in rector’s or procrastinating by gazing towards the sea in the 2nd floor of the library, I’m almost impossible to miss due to my bright, red hair. ?? Additionally, you can contact me via email on ljlc1@st-andrews.ac.uk. 

I cannot wait to push a gender inclusive agenda at St Andrews and to hear and engage with fellow students!