A Time of Change: WOKE Summer Planning Meeting, July 24th 2020

On Friday, July 24th 2020, members of WOKE met for a planning meeting a little different to last summer’s. We swapped campus and Chancellor’s café for our homes and Google Meet. Nevertheless, the enthusiasm and energy that comes with our planning meets was as present as ever, and the productivity flowed for two full hours.

We reflected on the year gone by, and celebrated all the work we’ve managed to do during it. We also picked out some of the bumps in the road, and discussed how we can try to tackle them to make our third year the strongest one yet.

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Already, we have so many new ideas ready to hit the ground running – with a focus on Black History Month in October, men’s mental health in November, and plans to make December a much-needed month of healing.

We even looked forward into the second semester, and are especially excited for our International Women’s Day events that were unfortunately cancelled this year but are due to be back and better than ever in 2021.

We are also planning to work on a number of important issues at Keele, such as the need for gender-neutral toilets throughout campus, and the spiking problem that so many students have identified over the years.

Keele is likely to look a lot different next year, and we’ll need to adapt. WOKE, too, will be different – we’ve welcomed a number of new members, and waved goodbye to some incredible alumni who are going on to exciting futures.

What isn’t different, however, is the ambition and drive that our lovely members are full of, so our upcoming events are sure to be as engaging and educational as ever.

We are so excited for the things we have planned, and eager to play our part in inciting positive change at Keele. Do look out for us, engage with us, join us! Our meetings are open for all who wish to join, and I think that you’d struggle to find a group as welcoming as this one – though I guess I might be biased.

Thank you to everyone in attendance – Monique, Dzifa, Laura, Sophia, Ellie, Leah, Raveena, Darcy, Ashleigh, Gabby, and Zakiya (me!) – for the passion, ideas, and contributions you all gave to make this a productive meeting.

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