Afrikan Black Student Alliance At UCSC Protest And All Demands Are Met

In the wake of “Dear Black People” and our desire/need to be “woke” Black students at the University of California, Santa Cruz, held a three-day protest speaking out against a “hostile climate” on their campus. The school group Afrikan Black Student Alliance facilitated the takeover of an administrative building.

The Group’s Full List of Demands !

Similar to EOP students and International students’ housing guarantees, we demand that ALL African Black Caribbean identified students have a 4 year housing guarantee to live in the Rosa Parks African-American Themed House. Guaranteeing this would provide a viable living option to all ABC identified students regardless of housing status and college affiliation. We demand a written agreement by the opening of housing applications in April 2017.

We demand the university remove the beds and release the Rosa Parks African Themed House lounge so it can serve its original purpose. We demand the lounge be returned by Fall 2017.

We demand that the university fund the ENTIRE exterior of the Rosa Parks African-American Themed House being painted Pan-Afrikan colors (Red, green, and black) by the start of Spring quarter 2017. These Pan Afrikan colors represent Black liberation, and represent our diaspora, and the goals of our people.

We demand that all new incoming students from 2017-2018 school year forward (first years and transfers) go through a mandatory in-person diversity competency training in the event that the online module is not implemented by JUNE 2017. We demand that the training be reviewed and approved by A/BSA board every two years. We demand that every incoming student complete this training by their first day of class.

On Thursday, the school’s director of News and Media Relations Scott Hernandez-Jason announced that the university agreed to their demands. Later that same day, Blumenthal also issued a written statement to confirm his commitment to the campus and its students.

“Though we have been working with underrepresented communities, including A/BSA, we acknowledge that we have not done enough to engage with them successfully,” he wrote in a statement obtained by HuffPost. “The student demonstrators raised a number of issues with campus leaders, issues we fundamentally agree upon. Students from historically underrepresented communities deal with real challenges on campus and in the community. These difficulties include things that many people take for granted, such as finding housing or even just a sense of community.”

“We see these new measures as ways to meaningfully improve the ABC student experience here on campus,” he added, “and in doing so improve our campus climate.” Originally Cited on Huffington Post

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