UOttawa students stage sit-in to demand action on on-campus racism

December 8, 2020
University of Ottawa students are holding a sit-in at the university’s administrative offices to protest anti-Black racism on campus and express their dissatisfaction with UOttawa’s newly formed action committee on anti-racism and inclusion. Recent graduate Dilaye Desta, who was director of community engagement for the Black Student Leaders Association, says the committee was created in bad faith. “We had continuously been putting forth our own recommendations, strategies, bringing forth other anti-racist initiatives that universities have been doing across Canada — and have continuously been met with resistance from central administration,” said Desta. The students are calling for structural changes that will combat racism, including formation of an anti-racism office, hiring of Black professors, and hiring of a BIPOC anti-racism officer. CBC | Ottawa Citizen (ON)