In recent weeks, Goldsmiths has claimed that it stands ‘shoulder-to-shoulder’ with black students and staff in fighting radical justice. We demand change. Not empty words.
We reaffirm here the unmet demands of Goldsmiths Anti-Racist Action, the result of a 137 day long occupation of Deptford Town Hall. The following demands were signed and agreed to by management ONE YEAR AGO. They are still unmet.
- Mandatory anti-racism training for ALL staff, including the Goldsmiths Senior Management team.
- Employing BME wellbeing and counselling staff and implementing cultural competency training
- For local residents of Lewisham borough to have access to Deptford Town Hall
- To resolve issues with cuts to course contact hours on the Social, Therapeutic and Community Studies (STACS) Programme, a course studied by majority BME students
- Annual fund designated for Black History events (partially completed but not implemented)
- Overhaul of curriculum, alongside a race audit on how best to decolonize the curriculum
- To go forward with a reparative justice programme
- Paid BME representatives for each department
- Although cleaners, security and outsourced workers have been brought in house, they are still subject to poor working conditions
- We the Union also call on Goldsmiths to donate £50,000 to the Free Black University Fund, a project to establish a free, transformative and accessible education experience, that is anti colonial, revolutionary, and is centred on the liberation of the Black community.
- The Free Black University: ’Universities hold a deep responsibility when it comes to racism. The knowledge that introduced the very ideology of racism into our society was born in British Universities’
To learn more about the original GARA demands and manifestos, click here.
To see the signed contracts of commitments, click here.
To read more about the Free Black University, please go to uk.gofundme.com/f/the-free-black-university