Black students at Ryerson have put together a list of demands aimed at the University's administration.
The Black on Campus Coalition posted their demands to their United Black Students Ryerson Facebook page. Their first demand states, “in solidarity with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, we demand the university administration launch a process to rename the university and remove the statue of Egerton Ryerson.”
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They go on to demand more scholarships for black students and a reduction in tuition fees. In addition, they want a ten percent increase to the number of Black tenured faculty, upper administration and full-time staff.
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When it comes to actual education, they demand more courses that “speak to the histories, experiences and realities of Black and Racialised communities to be taught by tenured Black and Racialised faculty.”
Their full list of demands can be found at this link.
They conclude by saying, “Ryerson University must make a commitment to acknowledge its ongoing racist practices that have contributed to the violence and trauma faced by black people on our campus for the purpose of profit and upholding it’s investment in white supremacy.”
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Outgoing Ryerson president Sheldon Levy spoke to the Ryersonian regarding the demands. “Do I think the campus is perfect? Absolutely not … when there are these types of protests and movements, many times they make us take a harder and a better look at things.”
“They can protest higher fees, they can do all that. It’s all legitimate … I would rather have a society that feels they can take on these issues and push the administration … for change, than to say you’re not allowed,” Levy said.
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Meanwhile the Facebook post that encouraged supporters to 'share widely' has been criticized by at least one student.
“A process to rename the university,” Joshua D'Cruz quotes. “Please don't devalue my degree with your nonsense.”
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