We’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of Liberation Associations, to enable the SU to better support marginalised and underrepresented students. Associations will help to bring together existing student-run societies with relevant Part-Time Officers, to allow for better coordination of and support for campaigns and other activities.
Associations will be free to join, and anyone who has self-defined as belonging to a liberation group can become a member of the respective Association(s). Allies can also join Associations as ‘supporters’, although will not be able to vote for exec positions or any constitution/policy changes relating to the Association. All Associations will function differently: some will likely be active groups running campaigns and holding events and socials, whereas some will be an umbrella group for existing societies – we’ll have more details on specifics as soon as possible!
As part of the SU’s Summer Elections, we will be electing exec members to run the Associations alongside the respective Part-Time Officers, so that they can be set-up and ready to go for Welcome 2021. We’re currently working with the Part-Time Officers and other relevant societies to finalise the list of positions up for election, as they will differ between each Association.
The five Associations which will be launching ahead of the next academic year are:
- LGBTQUA+ Students’ Association
- Ethnic Minorities Students’ Association
- Disabled Students’ Association
- Widening Participation Students’ Association
- Womens’ Association
The Summer Elections are your opportunity to elect who will run the above Associations, as well as next year’s Student Trustees. Nominations for the Summer Elections open on 26th April at 12pm noon until 7th May at 12pm noon. Voting opens 10th May at 12pm noon until 14th May at 3pm, so be sure to #MakeYourMark!
We’ll have more information over the coming weeks. In the meantime, we hope you’re as excited as we are to launch this new structure of student group to better support Warwick’s liberation communities!