ACAR Report – O-week 2016

Hi there! The Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR) is a space for people of colour, Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander persons, those from ethnocultural backgrounds, or those marginalised by white supremacy.

As your 2016 ACAR Office Bearers, we’re here to be a point of contact between students and the SRC. Our goal is to represent the voice, greater interest, and desires of the students in our Collective. We’re also here to offer general advice and support to students and groups on campus regarding race, racism, and white privilege.

And, yes, we have a crazy exciting year planned in 2016!

From social gatherings, workshops, activism, festivals, film screenings, and creative opportunities, we are committed to fostering an inclusive space on campus and online where students can come together to meet other like minded-people, while dismantling stereotypes (and having fun!).
In the next few weeks look out for auditions for the inaugural ACAR Revue. This is an opportunity for you to show off your singing, dancing, acting or comedic writing prowess to the student community.  Interested in sketch comedy that challenges and entertains while educating and perplexing the most conservative of audiences? This is for you.

To meet the family, search ‘Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR)’ on Facebook, and come say hello at ‘DIVE-RSITY Ethnocultural Welcome at the Quadrangle (3-5pm Wednesday 24th of February).
As your 2016 ACAR Office Bearers, we’re here to be a point of contact between students and the SRC. Our goal is to represent the voice, greater interest, and desires of the students in our collective. We’re also here to offer general advice and support to students and groups on campus regarding race, racism, and white privilege. Feel free to give us a shout anytime at etho.cultural@src.usyd.edu.au

Wom*n of Colour Report – O-week 2016

Hey all and welcome to semester 1 of 2016, as I write this, I am admiring the t-shirts that have just come in for the Women of Colour Collective, which we will be selling for a gold coin donation that will go towards the Women’s Shelter, Lou’s Place.
The t-shirts look amazing and the stickers are on their way. It has been a bit difficult to get the Women of Colour Collective off the ground and it has been a bit of a teething process, but we are finally moving and doing some great work.

The beginning of the semester has been quite busy, with the Women of Colour collective working collaboratively with the Welfare department to send a USYD contingent to the Health Care Cuts rally, held on the 20th of February 2016 at 1pm.
The Women of Colour Collective will be meeting fortnightly and meetings will be held on Mondays starting in week 2 of semester at 4-5pm in the Women’s room at Manning House.

My aim for this year is to see the Women of Colour collective stand on its own two feet and I look forward to a year of intersectional crusading and feminist ass-kicking.

General Secretaries’ Report – O-week 2016

Welcome new students to the University of Sydney and welcome back to all who are joining us for another year of madness. We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves we are the Co-General Secretaries of the Student’s Representative Council (SRC). What does that mean? We are responsible for the SRC’s budget, ensuring that you the student body know what we do and who we are as well as generally assisting the President and being a voice for students on campus.

Over the summer we put together the SRC’s Orientation Handbook which is available to all student this handbook is a detailed guided to everything students need to know about being at University. It has articles from all the SRC’s collectives with details about how to get involved so be sure to check it out! While you are at it pick up the Education Department’s Counter Course Handbook which provides you with a no bullshit account of education at USYD with detailed reviews of subjects and units across all faculties.

Make sure you swing by the SRC’s stall on Eastern Ave and pick up a FREE goodie bag! Packed with loving care by the members of the SRC with lollies, condoms, stationary and important (but also fun) information.

Some of you maybe aware that the University asked you to pay some money for something called, ‘Students Services Fee’ basically this is money that students pay that gets divided up between the different student organisations so we can provide our services. Negotiations are currently underway to ensure that the SRC gets enough of that money so we can continue to run our super important free casework and legal service as well as funding student run collectives.

These pages in Honi every week will be written by members of the SRC Executive team and collective Office Bearers and will give a great insight into the happens of the SRC. Alternatively you can get in contact by sending us an email general.secretary@src.usyd.edu.au with any questions you have about the SRC and we will be sure to answer them.

Wom*n’s Officer’s Report – O-week 2016

The past few months have been a very exciting time as Wom*n’s Officer!

Editing the annual Wom*n’s Collective publication, Growing Strong, was an amazing experience. The journal is a showcase of art, stories and articles by wom*n and non-binary people. The launch will be held on March 22 at 107 Projects, and will be an amazing night of art, readings and music. Free copies are also available at our O Week stall – come grab one and check out the incredible creative talent of WoCo members! We’ll also have some sweet stickers, zines and info that you can pick up.

fEMPOWER, our program of feminist workshops for high school students, has grown exponentially over the summer. High schools from Wagga Wagga to Melbourne have contacted us with interest in our workshops, so it will be a busy year delivering workshops and expanding the project! If you’d like to volunteer or find out more, email us at fempower.workshops@gmail.com.

I can’t wait for the coming year of activism and education with the Wom*n’s Collective! Drop by our O Week stall for a chat, and come to our weekly meetings – they’ll be held on Tuesdays at 1pm, in the Wom*n’s Room (Level 1, Manning).

Vice Presidents’ Report – O-week 2016

It’s been an exciting summer beginning my term as Vice President! After the chaos of NatCon in December, it was great to meet all the other members of the Executive and embark on what I hope will be a very productive year in the SRC.

Last November in Honi, Subeta Vimalarajah and I published an article about anonymous marking, and the various biases that can arise from students’ names being attached to their work. Our campaign continues this year: after we met with various academic staff to discuss the value of an anonymous marking policy, the university has now commissioned a working group to investigate the viability of such a policy. I am passionate about ensuring that students’ work is marked fairly, and that staff are held to the same standards of academic integrity that are demanded of students.

Another project that I’m very excited about for 2016 is the organisation of the SRC’s. Inaugural Radical Education Week for Semester 2. Like Rad Sex & Consent Week, the week will have a student-organised program of talks, workshops, film screenings and skillshares.  We want to strengthen engagement between SRC collectives and the broader student population, and promote free knowledge-sharing between peers. If you have ideas for workshops or events that you’d love to see at Rad Education Week, or would like to get involved in organising the week, get in touch — radeducationweek2016@gmail.com.

Getting everything ready for O Week has been busy, but it’s a very exciting time for the SRC — a great opportunity to meet new students and spread the word about all the great things the SRC does. Make sure you drop by our O Week stall to pick up a bag full of goodies and say hi!

President’s Report – O-week 2016

The start of the year is always a busy time for the SRC and 2016 has been no exception. Planning for O-Week has dominated a lot of time, including writing, editing, and finally approving handbooks, organising stalls for SRC collectives and departments, and packing showbags for new students. Keep an eye out for the SRC stall at O-Week and come say hi – our team will be happy to answer any questions and we’d love you to get involved in the Education Action Group or Wom*n’s Collective!

The SRC also had a presence at Info Day, talking to prospective students about the university’s restructure, which will see huge changes to degrees and faculties. A highlight was rolling out the Education Department’s ‘Insipid’ campaign, satirizing the university’s ‘Inspired’ campaign featuring USyd alumni while the university Senate moves to cut alumni representation.

As President, I’ve also been familiarizing myself with the committees the President sits on, including some of the highest decision-making bodies like Academic Board. Some issues I’ve raised with university management on behalf of undergraduate students include the simple extension policy, changes to opal cards affecting international students, safety on campus, academic honesty, the shift of SCA to main campus, and plans for student housing. I will continue to engage with the university over these issues throughout the year and report back to you. For more enquiries you can email me at president@src.usyd.edu.au.

We are also currently in the process of SSAF negotiations – deciding how much money from the Student Services and Amenities Fee will go to the SRC to improve our student services and resource collectives and departments to run campaigns around student issues. Every student pays the SSAF to support student programs, from clubs and societies to psychological support services and careers advice. It’s an incredibly important fee to make sure every student gets the most out of their time at university, especially those who face more barriers to higher education than others. The SRC will always advocate for a return to universal student unionism, but in the meantime we support the SSAF because we support our students.

 

The Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR) Report – O-week

Hi there! The Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR) is a space for people of colour, Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander persons, those from ethnocultural backgrounds, or those marginalised by white supremacy.

As your 2016 ACAR Office Bearers, we’re here to be a point of contact between students and the SRC. Our goal is to represent the voice, greater interest, and desires of the students in our Collective. We’re also here to offer general advice and support to students and groups on campus regarding race, racism, and white privilege. And, yes, we have a crazy exciting year planned in 2016!

From social gatherings, workshops, activism, festivals, film screenings, and creative opportunities, we are committed to fostering an inclusive space on campus and online where students can come together to meet other like minded-people, while dismantling stereotypes (and having fun!).
In the next few weeks look out for auditions for the inaugural ACAR Revue. This is an opportunity for you to show off your singing, dancing, acting or comedic writing prowess to the student community.  Interested in sketch comedy that challenges and entertains while educating and perplexing the most conservative of audiences? This is for you.

To meet the family, search ‘Autonomous Collective Against Racism (ACAR)’ on Facebook, and come say hello at ‘DIVE-RSITY Ethnocultural Welcome at the Quadrangle (3-5pm Wednesday 24th of February).
As your 2016 ACAR Office Bearers, we’re here to be a point of contact between students and the SRC. Our goal is to represent the voice, greater interest, and desires of the students in our collective. We’re also here to offer general advice and support to students and groups on campus regarding race, racism, and white privilege. Feel free to give us a shout anytime at etho.cultural@src.usyd.edu.au