Hold UO Accountable - Fulfill the BSC's Demands!

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Black Student Collective
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As of 2020, the University of Oregon, President Michael Schill, the Board of Trustees, and the UO Administration has yet to listen to the voices of Black students by failing to fulfill ALL of the demands set forth by the 2015 Black Student Task Force. We, as the Black Student Collective, have respectfully formulated a new set of demands for the University to meet: 

1. Rename Deady Hall. Reconstitute a new committee that prioritizes Black voices to review the building names and naming processes.


2. Remove the Pioneer statue, the Pioneer Mother statue and “The Mission of a University” mural displayed in the Knight Library as they perpetuate white supremacy and are trauma-inducing towards not only Black students but other students of color. 


3. Allocate sufficient funds that will go specifically towards Black student success through scholarships, academic support and programming. 


4. Commit to the hiring of more Black identifying faculty and staff across ALL UO Colleges and Schools to build the ranks of tenure-track professors, tenured professors and Black staff with the intention of providing full support and job security. 

5. Expand the Black Studies Program as a major to be developed into further degree levels (i.e. Masters and Doctoral programs) and further the support and growth of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies.  

6. Intentionally and immediately hire qualified Black faculty and staff that would staff and administer the Black Studies program. This includes creating pathways for Target of Opportunity hires in order to build out the BLST faculty immediately (AY 2020) and national searches (AY 2020).


7. Create and utilize sustainable funding that would directly support the staff, operations, and programming of the Black Cultural Center. This must include the hiring of Black staff for both Advancement and Development.
8. Reform the Board of Trustees to be more accessible to students and have a more equitable and diverse scope when considering the appointments of its Board members. 

9. Cut any and all ties with Eugene Police Department and disarm UOPD in order to return to an unarmed Department of Public Safety to ensure the safety of UO students. 

We call upon the University of Oregon, the Board of Trustees, and President Michael Schill to meet our demands by the end of the 2020-2021 school year and fully implement them by the beginning of the Fall 2021 school year.

Stand with us and make our voices heard. It's been over 50 years since the first release of demands issued by the 1968 Black Student Union and it is a travesty that Black students are still having to fight for these issues today. Furthermore, we want to advocate for our Black faculty and staff who are also essential to Black student success here at the UO. Their hard work and dedication to their positions should be acknowledged and we as Black students cannot continue to thrive in our educational endeavours without their support on a daily basis. 

We are calling upon our UO community, allies and broader Eugene community to support us in signing this petition to make sure that UO, Schill, UO Administration, and the Board of Trustees will be held accountable and listen to the voices of the Black community. 

WE WILL BE SEEN AND WE WILL BE HEARD!