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UoB student features in Bristol BME Powerlist

The list showcases the 100 most inspiring BME people in Bristol

A University of Bristol student has been featured in the city's Black and Minority Ethnic People Powerlist.

The list, which marks the start of Black History Month, names the 100 most influential BME people in Bristol. All candidates are nominated by those within the Bristol community.

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Nominations were open from January to March 2018

Bristol student Lara Lalemi can be found on the prestigious list, alongside the likes of civil rights campaigner Dr Paul Stephenson and performer Vanessa Kisuule.

Lara said: "I was stunned when I first found out that I would be featured on the BME Powerlist as I didn't even think I would be nominated."

"I couldn't be prouder to stand alongside some of the amazing people on it. The biggest contributor for my being on the list was organising the University of Bristol's first Diversity in STEM event with the School of Chemistry and Fusion Society."

"This was one of the most rewarding experiences of my university life and I hope that it continues to be featured in the calendar in years to come."

A panel of ten judges were responsible for forming the final BME Powerlist after receiving 500 nominations.

Bristol 24/7, Bristol University and the Students' Union collaborated to help produce this year's BME Powerlist. Since launching in January 2018, the campaign has been nominated for the Diversity Marketing Campaign of the Year at the Inclusive Companies Awards.

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Bristol University collaborated with its Students' Union and Bristol 24/7 to carry out the campaign

Project founder and Bristol SU BME network Co-Chair 2017-18 Chanté Joseph said: “Working on the BME Powerlist has (after my degree) definitely been my greatest achievement whilst studying at University of Bristol."

"The BME Powerlist was a necessary and powerful way of recognising the unsung heroes and gamechangers that make Bristol such an incredible place to live, work and study."