“The activists issued eight demands”
Their demands include the creation of an anti-racism office at the school and a mandatory anti-racism course.
The College Fix reports:
U. Ottawa students hold sit-in protest for ‘concrete’ action on racism
Students at the University of Ottawa are on day five of a sit-in protest outside of President Jacques Frémont’s office, and they hope it will force school officials to take “concrete” action against anti-black racism.
Black Student Leaders’ co-President Yanaminah Thullah told the Toronto Star the activists “want deadlines and concrete items of action,” not just “token consultations.”
Most recently, students were miffed that a professor used the N-word (in an academic context) back in October, and then at Frémont’s and other UO officials’ refusal to condemn not only the professor, but the 34 colleagues who wrote a letter supporting her.
Thullah complained that the UO Action Committee on Anti-Racism and Inclusion was established without student input, and when the committee did seek out student ideas, “the way [it] was being executed was not sustainable for all racialized students.”
The Ottawa Citizen reports the activists do not recognize the committee’s “legitimacy.”
The activists issued eight demands “to foster a more inclusive environment for racialized students” at UO, including
— The introduction of an anti-racism office at the university and autonomy for the human rights department.
— A Black, Indigenous and People of Colour anti-racism officer at the executive level, with their own staff and funds.
— The implementation of a mandatory anti-racism course for all undergraduate students.
— Calling for the university administration to commit to hiring Black professors who specialize in Critical Race Theory, and adjacent specializations.
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