This year in mid January, ASEN’s annual Training Camp took place on Dharawal country at Minto Bush Camp. Nestled in bushland and near a huge river, more than a hundred people from SA, WA, NSW and Victoria came together to share skills, knowledge and perspectives, with an aim to strengthen the grassroots student network throughout Australia.
Around forty workshops were hosted, with content ranging from implementing feminism in our working spaces, combating hierarchy to organizing effective actions, the strategic use of
media and updates on campaigns being waged against extractive industry in the #Pilliga, Central coast, Northern Territory and more. The first day saw workshops exclusively on the struggles, triumphs and culture of First Nations people and communities.
New office bearers were elected and we welcomed a powerful trio of National Co-conveners, Lily Matchett, Anisa Rogers and Ruby Hampton to guide ASEN into the new year. Each state network also sat down to map out strategies and coordinated goals for the coming months.
We departed Minto energized, brimming with plans and connected to our shared goals for 2018. These are just a few of the highlights, which fail to capture the energy and collective spirit which emerge at ASEN events.
We hope you can join us at next year’s Training Camp, and later this year for the Students of Sustainability conference in Naarm.
Content from the workshops run over the course of the week will be made available on our website in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!
Check out the 2018 Training Camp Program