RETREAT! Exercising Our Right to an Education

As students we are concerned with the state of our education. We have strategically retreated to our Ethnic Resource Center (ERC) to further understand, develop, and exercise our right to an education. We have chosen this particular space for the safety its name promises and the ethical responsibility the space has to us as students. It is from here that we create the stage to be heard.

We wish to distinguish ourselves from past actions by establishing that this is NOT an occupation. This is a non-violent utilization of student funded resources for the distinct purpose of:

• Highlighting the Universities failure to facilitate a racially competent learning environment.
• Echoing the voices of the past that have demanded a critical site of inquiry in the form of an Ethnic Studies department.
• Calling into question the priorities of the administration and exposing their alignment with private interests over students & workers.
• Ultimately redefining the relationship that exists between the University & the student body in a way that embraces our core principles of Democracy, Transparency, & Accountability.

We understand that our education is distinct from the Universities brand of education. We know that education exists within us, not within the institution. We define education as a Human Right to be exercised. We recognize education as the key to establishing and reinforcing principles of democracy that develop a sustainable and humane society founded upon principles of dignity, respect, justice, and peace.

From “Our Principles” we insist on the recommendations that the University must implement to become a body of Excellence, Education, and Accessibility.


About UCSC Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES)

This blog is maintained by students throughout UCSC. We recognize that students have been working around Ethnic Studies for multiple decades and at many levels of the university. We claim no ownership over any movement or material that is produced. We ask that any materiel used from the blog is cited and used for only educational purposes. Most importantly that it is done with honor and respect for the many people who worked in the struggle for Ethnic Studies. We would also like to point out that the name Critical Race and Ethnic Studies (CRES) was created to acknowledge the intellectual development of Ethnic Studies since the beginning of this struggle. The name came from countless meetings and hours with many different undergrads, graduate students, and faculty.
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