Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network
The Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network (BCSN) is a coalition of activist groups formed in December 2015 calling for a set of six demands.
Spectator reports that the BCSN is comprised of "at least seven organizations." The following organizations have been reported as members.
- Columbia Divest for Climate Justice
- No Red Tape
- Divest Barnard
- Student Worker Solidarity
- Mobilized African Diaspora
- International Socialist Organization
BCSN's six demands are as follows:
- 1) We demand that Columbia divest our endowment from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies.
- 2) We demand a rape crisis center that is physically open 24 hours/day including all days during which students are housed on University campus.
- 3) We demand an elimination of the student contribution and an increase of wages to $15 per hour for all work-study, casual employment, and campus jobs, including unpaid volunteer positions at direct service organizations such as Sexual Violence Response, CUEMS, Well Woman, Nightline, and Community Impact.
- 4)We demand Columbia hire more faculty of color across all schools and departments; reallocate physical and financial resources for IRAAS, IRWGS, CSER, IAS, MEI, SAI; and restructure the Core Curriculum to move Intro to African-American Studies and Intro to Comparative Ethnic Studies from the Global Core to required Core classes.
- 5) We demand that Columbia admit and retain an increased number of Black students, emphasizing low-income and local students directly affected by Columbia’s expansion.
- 6) We demand the University invest in and actively secure jobs and affordable housing for those affected by its expansion.
In April 2016, Columbia Divest for Climate Justice engaged in an eight-day sit-in to demand that Columbia divest from fossil fuel investments. Results have yet to be seen.