Students for Change Vindicated: An Analysis of BU’s Campus Climate Survey

May 29, 2015 by

Last month, after many months of anticipation, Binghamton University has finally released the results of its first ever Campus Climate Survey.[1]  The goal of this anonymous 117 question survey was “to gather a variety of data related to institutional climate, inclusion and work-life issues to inform development of programs and policies to enhance diversity and inclusion” (p. 3).  Roughly 11% of students (graduate and undergraduate), administration/staff, and faculty participated.  The findings were broken down into three categories: “diversity and inclusion, discrimination/harassment/incivility and campus resources” (9).  There are numerous problems with how this survey was conducted, how the data was organized, how it was analyzed, what was chosen to be analyzed, and the conclusions drawn.  Disturbingly, it seems no questions were asked about sexual harassment among students and many of the sexual identities of the...

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Students for Change notes for 4/19/2015 Meeting

Apr 20, 2015 by

Elections appeal -Deadline tomorrow 12 am – Appeal PRE’s decision regarding the newest VPMA -We need to argue the wording of the constitution: “unrecognizable (should be unrecognizably not unrecognizable) misspelled names and nicknames will not be counted” -Comes down to this or no VPMA: Because of elections rules, if our appeal is granted, there can be no election for VPMA this semester. This means that when the new SA eboard meets over the summer, no VPMA will be represented. Because of the way congress works, it is unlikely that there will be a VPMA before October. Debate: what is worse for students of color on this campus, no VPMA or the current VPMA elect? -Focus on encouraging the new VPMA to maintain cultural student org involvement in ICA (press him on ICA issues) and...

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Students for Change notes from 4/19/2015 meeting

Apr 20, 2015 by

Elections appeal -Deadline tomorrow 12 am – Appeal PRE’s decision regarding the newest VPMA -We need to argue the wording of the constitution: “unrecognizable (should be unrecognizably not unrecognizable) misspelled names and nicknames will not be counted” -Comes down to this or no VPMA: Because of elections rules, if our appeal is granted, there can be no election for VPMA this semester. This means that when the new SA eboard meets over the summer, no VPMA will be represented. Because of the way congress works, it is unlikely that there will be a VPMA before October. Debate: what is worse for students of color on this campus, no VPMA or the current VPMA elect? -Focus on encouraging the new VPMA to maintain cultural student org involvement in ICA (press him on ICA issues) and...

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From Badaadinta Badah to Somali Pirates: An Analysis of how capitalism is able to de-radicalize radical movements

Apr 15, 2015 by

The purpose of this piece is to demonstrate the ability of contemporary capitalism to appropriate seemingly radical movements while at the same time maintaining the forms of accumulation that gave birth to the initial resistance. This paper also wishes to place the Somalis within a larger Pan-Africanist perspective given the seeming hesitancy on the part of radical Pan-African scholars to deal with their struggle.

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What SfC discussed at its meeting on 3/29

Mar 30, 2015 by

These meeting minutes include:
– how SfC is going to participate in the multicultural community and foster mutually supportive relationships, as well as SfC’s future volunteering efforts
– future open meetings with the student body
– concrete progress that has been achieved, such as the restructuring of the Pluralism (P) requirement

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