Get the University of Essex to become a University of Sanctuary

Get the University of Essex to become a University of Sanctuary

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!
University of Essex Sanctuary Campaign started this petition to University of Essex

The current petition pleads & advocates for the University of Essex to become a University of Sanctuary. A University of Sanctuary “is an initiative to recognise the good practice of universities which welcome people seeking sanctuary in their communities and seek to foster a culture of awareness and inclusivity”.

We request University of Essex to provide scholarships for Asylum seekers and refugees looking for education in the UK. We acknowledge that the university has offered three scholarships for the Syrian refugees in 2017, which has been a monumental achievement. However, we want to take it further, to a larger scale. The University should follow the example of the Colchester Borough Council, which has already been declared a sanctuary town. Many British and European universities  have become sanctuary universities in the last few years as well: University of East Anglia, University of Leicester, University of Warwick and partner European Universities such as Dublin City University.

We are living the ideals that the University of Essex stands for by not accepting the status quo that wants to close the borders by speaking out in favour of those who experience persecution and violence. We understand that our studies connect to the real issues of the society we live in and do not want to step back on the side lines. In this sense, the current refugee crisis that particularly affects millions of peoples demands our personal and institutional commitment to a better world. It is a matter of justice.

Please join us and sign this petition.

Thank you

0 have signed. Let’s get to 500!
At 500 signatures, this petition is more likely to be featured in recommendations!