Big Tent Consortium issues call to action to partners worldwide


The Big Tent Consortium, a global network of universities and their community partners, has issued a call to action to its members to oppose the Jan. 27 US travel ban, join with other worldwide protests, and create spaces for dialogue within universities and communities everywhere. The call was part of a Consortium statement that responds to the US ban targeting citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries and which provides the latest evidence of growing Islamophobia and exclusionary trends around the world.

The Big Tent Consortium is an affiliation of international higher education associations and networks who focus on issues of community-university, civic and public engagement as well as the strengthening of social responsibility in higher education. It encompasses more than 6,000 universities and civil society organizations from 121 nations.

“Our group of global community engaged universities, social movements and community organisations do not typically comment on the executive actions of a single country, but today we add our voices to the deep and growing concern about the violent assault on the free flow of people and ideas that the US travel ban represents,” says Budd Hall, Co-Chair of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education at the University of Victoria in Canada and spokesperson for the Consortium.

The statement calls on universities and their community partners to:

To endorse this Big Tent Communique please visit the UNESCO Chair website.

Download the full statement.

For further information:

Budd Hall, UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, and Professor at the University of Victoria, Canada
bhall@uvic.ca
Phone: 1 250 8850982

Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Co-Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education and President of PRIA, New Delhi, India
rajesh.tandon@PRIA.org
Phone: 91 98105205882

Michael Osborne, Director, PASCAL International Observatory (Europe) and Professor, University of Glasgow Scotland
michael.Osborne@glasgow.ac.uk
Phone: 44 1413303414

George Openjuru, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Gulu University Uganda
george.openjuru@gmail.com
Phone: 256 47132095

Sponsors of the Big Tent Statement:

UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, Talloires Network, Global University Network for Innovation, PRIA Asian Network, COPERNICUS Alliance – European Network on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, PASCAL International Observatory, PASCAL International Member Association, International Right Livelihood College Network, Living Knowledge Network, Asian Pacific University Community Network, Action Research Network of the Americas, East African Community University Engagement Network, Asia Engage, Union de Universidades de America Latina y el Caribe.