Big Tent Consortium issues call to action to partners worldwidepublished: February 15, 2017
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:
- Distribute the statement widely to raise awareness of the responsibilities of universities and communities to take action now on hate and exclusion;
- Support the thousands of actions in their communities, many led by women around the world to combat Islamophobia and other exclusionary political activities;
- Create spaces to discuss how to resist and create inclusion, mutual respect and love; and
- Make use of opportunities in all courses, research, and community gatherings to imagine the world we want.
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
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
Phone: 91 98105205882
Michael Osborne, Director, PASCAL International Observatory (Europe) and Professor, University of Glasgow Scotland
Phone: 44 1413303414
George Openjuru, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Gulu University Uganda
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.