Amelie Vanderstock gives you the inside word on what the collectives are up to and how to get involved

As second semester brings its usual array of new courses, readings and lab demonstrators, with it comes a refreshed and active SRC! Returning from winter conferences around the country, office bearers and collectives have met, planned and crafternooned to build campus campaigns. If collective didn’t fit into your timetable 1st semester- perhaps now is the chance? From feminism to global solidarity- many likeminded folk are coming together to create change on and off campus;

Anti-racism collective are participating in weekend-ly refugee rallies across the city to demonstrate broad student outcry against the inhumane and outrageous PNG solution. The Indigenous officers have been celebrating NAIDOC week whilst planning for the National Indigenous Tertiary Student Games in September. Disabilities and Carers collective are busy compiling an info-booklet for Carers week in October, and are calling for student carers to complete the online survey. By filling it in and passing it on, we can compile useful stats to pressure the university to recognize carers’ needs! Queer collective is frantically, and fantastically prepping for Pride festival in Week 8, building a campus ally network and seeking identifying writers for Queer Honi! Womens collective will be hosting ‘Knightess’ –showcasing the talents of USYDs incredible women-identifying performers in Week 7.

We’ll then be reclaiming the streets from sexual violence in late October for the annual ‘Reclaim the night’ march. As part of the ‘fossil free universities’ campaign, Environment collective participated in a city-wide ‘divestment’ training on Sunday- joining Doctors for the Environment and other groups who are seeking to withdraw financial ties between coal, CSG and our respective institutions. Join the Thursday discussion group on ‘divestment’ and watch out for some colorful campus actions to learn more!

The Education Action Group (EAG) are working  towards the National Day of Action (NDA) on the 20th of August-where students around the country coordinate rallies, marches and creative campaigning on the value of Education- for everyone, not profit.  This coincides with the USYD strike-support staff, don’t go to class!  It would have been difficult to miss Tuesday’s canvas and color on Eastern Ave, as students from varying faculties, collectives and interests painted banners expressing our reason’s & asks’s for education reform.  ‘Funding education, not deportation’ to recognition of student carer’s – there’s a myriad of ways that we can improve education for all.

Looking for even more ways to engage on campus and meet some rad people of diverse interests? Why not join the community garden collective? In a collaborative SRC endeavour, we sketched and imagined our ideal campus workshop-garden on Sunday- a space for domestic and international students to share knowledge about native and food plants, get our hands dirty and hang out. We’ve come a long way from guerrilla gardening in Eastern Ave- now with a space and ongoing dialogue with Campus infrastructure and the Centre for English teaching and learning- but there’s much room for growth! If you’re interested in organising, brainstorming ideas, learning some gardening skills, or finding out more, feel free to contact me on 0413679269 or by email at  vice.president@src.usyd.edu.au.

Too much happening to remember? Stay updated and get organized by picking up an A1 SRC Semester 2 planner from an Honi stand or the SRC office- collective meetings and events included!!!

vice.president@src.usyd.edu.au

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