Members of UC Berkeley’s Black Student Union have called for Barrows Hall, the academic building that “houses Ethnic Studies, Women’s Studies and African-American Studies” to be renamed after Assata Shakur, reports the San Francisco Chronicle.
That request is one of 10 demands to the college’s administration to provide safe spaces for black students. Other demands include creating an African-American resource center, hiring black administrators. and “two black psychologists experienced in racial discrimination.”
Black students account for just 3% of the population at Berkeley. These demands are designed to counteract the increasingly oppressive climate that black students feel on campus.
“Trying to excel academically is immensely difficult while coping with the issue of antiblackness on campus,” student Cori McGowens told The Chronicle.
Photo: Hands Off Assata