‘We Are Staying’: Howard University Students Continue Sit-In, HUResist Is At The Forefront
HUResist was founded in 2017 and is currently at the forefront demanding change from their administration. HUResist has made eight sweeping demands directed at the universities administration, ranging from food/housing security to affordability to mental health to police reform and shared governance. These demands are linked to student success and deserve action.
Howard University students are continuing a more than 6 sit-in at an administration building to protest a recent financial aid scandal and say they don’t plan on leaving until university officials consider their demands.
As the student ocumy the building they are also asking for support and help!! #HBCUMATTERS
Alexis McKenney, a senior at the university and organizer with HU Resist, said during a news conference Friday evening that a group of students met with two members of the university’s Board of Trustees.
“We wanted to initiate negotiations, but they made it very clear that many of the board of trustee members – despite the email going out saying that our demands were inaccurate and essentially unsubstantiated – that many of them have not even read our demands,” McKenney said.
HU Resist’s list of nine demands includes adequate housing, changes to sexual harassment policy, disarming campus police and a tuition freeze dated Sunday, days before Howard University President Wayne Frederick publicly announced a misappropriation of financial aid funds. Students are also calling for Frederick to resign.
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