An Oxford University college has created a new post to protect working-class students from “microaggressions and classism”. Last week St. Hilda’s College students voted to create the new post of Class Liberation Officer, backing a motion that said working-class students suffered from “microaggressions and classism at university” and needed an officer to support them.
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“Insults such as ‘chav’, chav-themed social nights and questions such as ‘why are you wearing Primark?’ can make poor students feel upset and worthless,” one student told The Sunday Times.
According to the newspaper, fighting for the rights of working-class students is the latest fashionable cause to sweep through top UK universities, where the privately educated are disproportionately represented.
King’s College London, Manchester University and the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) have all appointed officers to support working-class students.
At St. Hilda’s, the class officer will work alongside four other liberation officers who support and campaign for lesbian and gay students, black students, women and the disabled.
The officer will run “compulsory workshops” during freshers’ week “looking at class discrimination and microaggression, cultural appropriation etc directed at students from a working-class background,” according to students at Oxford.