In November, 2017, WOKE partnered with the sociology honor society (AKD) with the support of other academic units to organize a panel discussion about post-election stress among millennials. This panel included four current sociology graduate students and two graduates of the program, one of whom works as Associate Professor at DePauw University and the other as the director of the Social Science Research Commons. The audience was thrilled as they became part of a conversation that started with a “def” poem by Jelani Ince (one of the panelists). The students were then drawn in by the personal stories of the panel as well as the statistical picture that emerged from the data on postelection stress.
In March, 2018, WOKE served alongside LaCasa and several community organizations that met offcampus to provide information, music, free food, and activities for kids to members of the Hispanic community. A local church in the area had canvassed certain neighborhoods, inviting Hispanic families to the location to learn more about the variety of resources provided in Bloomington. This was a risky invitation, given that the scheduled date of this event was one day prior to the official “end date” of the DACA program. Members of the Hispanic community were already on edge and not necessarily trusting of outsiders. Nonetheless, five WOKE officers, two WOKE members, and three IU students (who simply wanted to help) arrived at the location ready to help and utilize their Spanishlanguage skills. Several families responded to the invitation and were met by a supportive group of volunteers. The IU students worked primarily with the children as they navigated crafts and games designed for young hands and bodies. This effort captured one of the vision statements of WOKE as they collaborated with other collegiate and non-collegiate associations with the goal of empowering disadvantaged populations/groups. WOKE has plans to engage in two additional collaborative projects before May, 2018.