I. We demand more safe spaces on Columbia Campus, both open access areas and special interest housing, with more support from the administration, and RAs who are connected to the missions of the houses. We reiterate the demand from Spring 2004 for an additional brownstone to become the housing component of the Intercultural Resource Center and for the current IRC to become an open safe space for all with swipe access.

II. We demand institutionalized, mandatory, full day training on issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, power and privilege for all incoming students, faculty, and public safety; and that the training focus on anti-oppression, rather than sensitivity and diversity; as well as significant student representation and control in the planning and implementation of the trainings.

III. We demand changes in Columbia's Core Curriculum and Barnard's requirements, including syllabus revision, and mandatory workshops for faculty and preceptors to make current texts more inclusive. Courses must be diversified, with a less western, eurocentric focus. Columbia and Barnard must create a classroom environment where all students feel valued by staff, other students, and faculty.

IV. We demand that Columbia's Public Safety announce instances of hate crimes. We also demand that students be informed about what is going on in their community through a 'know your rights' campaign to educate both security and students on students' rights at the university. Columbia Security also needs to participate in anti-oppression training addressing transphobia and gender policing, as well as broader issues of race, gender, and power.

V. We demand that the Office of Admissions more aggressively target students from underrepresented communities; and incorporate questions of diversity into the application process itself, including additional gender categories. (see the Finacial Aid Reform! Demands: here.)

VI. We demand more resources for Centers, Institutes and Departments that address ethnicity, gender, race, power and privilege; as well as more aggressive recruitment of tenure-track faculty from underrepresented communities. (see The Center for Study of Ethnicity and Race, The Institute for Research in African-American Studies & The Institute for Research on Women and Gender)

VII. We demand more advisors for cultural groups, and a separate advocacy and advisor office for LGBTQ students, as well as more collaboration between the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Columbia and the Multicultural Affairs Office at Barnard. We also demand that the OMA make itself from visible on campus and more available to students, and that the OMA play an integral role in the development of anti-oppression training for all student groups, including Greeks and literary societies.

VIII. A Vice Provost for Multicultural Affairs to administer and direct the University's policies affecting students within all the schools of the University.

Bollinger's Response

These demands were created in the Fall of 2005, after the hate crime in Ruggles in which a suite was vandalized with racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic epithets. A group of students got together to form SHOCC, and came up with a list of demands to address the structural problems associated with the prevalence of hate crimes on Columbia's campus.

It took three months for President Bollinger to agree to meet with SHOCC and when he did, his responses were entirely inadequate. Except for a commitment to an additional brownstone for the Intercultural House, central administration made no commitments. It's been two years since the protests of 2004, when many of these demands were first made, and yet all the administration wants are more meetings. It's time that they start making change.

Download Bollinger's response in its entirety, as well as SHOCC's point-by-point discussion of its inadequacy, here.

Where We Stand Now

Since that April 2 response, the pressure SHOCC has put on the administration has resulted in further concessions. An updated list of demands and acheivements is pending.