Following the quick success of the #SheShouldRunKeele work which has already seen a large increase in engagement and empowerment of women and non-binary people at Keele including people putting themselves forward for by-election positions we would like to request that some of the work we are doing is institutionalised.
Going forward we would like a set percentage of any democracy budget to be ear-marked for the work of #SheShouldRunKeele. We want to see more intersectional representation and empowerment at Keele. It is time for a change and to do better.
Some background figures for why we feel so strongly about this:
When looking at the data from the KeeleSU Elections in 2016 there were 47 candidates total.
Of that total 78.7 % identified their ethnicity as white. When you compare that to Keele’s statistics on all students, the student body, was 65.8% white.
So in percentage terms, the white student populace is over-represented in running for positions of power on campus.
I also found that whilst 61.7% of candidates in the SU elections identified themselves as male, the campus wide demographic showed that only 41% of all students on campus were male.
When looking at the data from the KeeleSU Elections in 2017 there were 43 candidates in total.
70.45% of candidates that ran identified themselves as white compared to a campus demographic of 64.8% white students.
61.3% of candidates that ran, identified themselves as male, but campus wide the demographic data meant that 41.4% of all students were male.