Global crisis engages universities and community partners Big Tent Consortium issues call to action to partners worldwide

07/02/2017

The Big Tent Consortium, a global network of universities and their community partners, have 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 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 Islamaphobia 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.

“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.

To endorse this Big Tent Statement, sponsored by UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, Talloires Network, Global University Network for Innovation, PRIA Asian Network, Copernicus European Network, 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 and Asia Engage, please visit www.unescochair-cbrsr.org

Partners

  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya
  • Ajuntament de Barcelona