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Global crisis engages universities and community partners

posted Feb 6, 2017, 10:31 AM by Joe Shosh   [ updated Feb 6, 2017, 10:37 AM ]
NEWS RELEASE Feb 6, 2017 21:00 GMT

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

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

The Big Tent Consortium statement is attached.

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 and Professor, University of
Glasgow Scotland - michael.Osborne@glasgow.ac.uk, Phone: 441413303414

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

To endorse this Big Tent Communique please visit http://unescochair-cbrsr.org 

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 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, Asia
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Joe Shosh,
Feb 6, 2017, 10:31 AM
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