Joshi Sidhu

 

Joshi-Sidhu-UK-Black-Pride1Joshi Sidhu

Student Engagement Officer

Joshi’s activism began by establishing a student LGBT Society at Sandwell College in the Midlands. As the society’s president he organised sexual health campaigns and engaged in tackling racism and homophobia within the community. He won the College Student of the Year Award and received a Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award.

As Sandwell’s UK Youth Parliament member, Joshi stood up for young and LGBT people. He was a founding member and chair of shOUT – Out and be Proud, a support group for young LGBT people in Sandwell, where Joshi secured funds to run an anti-homophobia ad campaign on local buses which reached more than one million people. This work secured Joshi a nomination for the national Children and Young Peoples’ Champion Award.

Joshi went on to serve as the National Union of Students’ Black Students’ National Executive member where he represented one million African, Asian and Caribbean heritage students against all forms of discrimination and austerity measures. Joshi also worked with Unite Against Fascism and succeeded in temporarily shutting down the fascist Redwatch website. He twice won the NUS Black Students’ Committee Member of the Year.

In his current role at Birkbeck, University of London, Joshi is the elected Executive and LGBT Officer, he is also vice chair of trustees and has led campaigns on liberation issues across the University. Joshi also played an integral role in enabling UK Black Pride to take place at Birkbeck in 2011.

Joshi says: “I’m delighted to be the student engagement officer for UK Black Pride. I look forward to getting more young people and students involved in all the great activities.”

Joshi can be emailed at: joshi@ukblackpride.org.uk