Interview with LGBTQ+ Champion Danielle Oberman

Danielle studies the MChiro (Hons) course at AECC University College and is in her Third Year. She is also the LGBTQ+ Champion and oversees the LGBTQ+ Society at the University College. Danielle tells us more about what drew her to study chiropractic, the work of the LGBTQ+ Society and the role she plays, and her ambitions for the future:

What drew you to study chiropractic and why did you choose AECC University College to undertake your studies?

“I've wanted to work in the medical field for as long as I can remember but was never sure exactly what that would look like. It was during my gap years that I discovered the world of chiropractic, and fell in love with the profession and its philosophy. Hands on work, that works! Choosing AECC University College was a no brainer, the reputation, the size and the beach had me sold from day one!”

What would you say to school/college-leavers who are thinking of studying here?

“Committing to university can be a scary, difficult, and daunting choice. Living with the consequence of not following your dreams would be far scarier.”

What is the LGBTQ+ Society and how do you come together?

“The LGBTQ+ society is exactly that, a community of loving, like-minded people here to spread awareness and support above all else.”

What is your role as Champion of the LGBTQ+ Society?

“My role as Champion is to oversee all student matters that are LGBTQ+ related. I support students in need, report feedback up the chain, and overall, try to make the University College feel safe and welcoming for all.”

Can you give us some examples of the kind of activities and events you have delivered through the society, and your future plans?

“We recently hosted a ‘Board Games and Pizza Night’ which went well. It was a chance for us all to come together for an evening and relax! Our most exciting upcoming event will be participating in the Bournemouth Pride Parade in July!”

How do you recruit new members to the LGBTQ+ Society?

“Anybody who identifies as somebody within the LGBTQ+ community, is automatically a member of our society.”

What do you hope your legacy will be when you leave AECC University College in the work that you have championed through the society?

“I hope that people feel a little more seen than before.”

Who within the Heath Sciences LGBTQ+ community inspires you and why?

“All LGBTQ+ members in the Health Sciences world inspire me! To work within a field that requires you to be caring always, even when facing judgement, hatred, and prejudice from others, takes immense courage and never ceases to amaze me. I am grateful to all those who have come before us for paving the path for future health care professionals.”

What are your personal ambitions for the future?

“My personal ambitions for the future are everchanging. I hope to keep learning and to keep dreaming big. I am passionate about providing accessible care to those in need and hope that passion never fades.”

Danielle Oberman

If you wish to find out more about the LGBTQ+ Society at AECC University College, please email susocial@aecc.ac.uk. You can also follow the LGBTQ+ Society on Instagram.