The Collective for Change on The Hill was inspired by the repeated racial threats directed at marginalized students of color; multicultural and international students. After years of no administrative action, we decided to take matters into our own hands. The Administration has proved itself lackadaisical in its efforts to create an environment in which St. Olaf students of color, marginalized groups on campus and international students feel safe.
Our aim is to reflect the concerns expressed by members of this group and those who are marginalized here at St. Olaf College. Our list of demands has been drafted to reflect the concerns of a significant portion of students of color and other marginalized groups at St. Olaf College.
THE COLLECTIVE FOR CHANGE ON THE HILL DOES NOT, IN ANY WAY, CONDONE VIOLENCE.
THE COLLECTIVE DOES NOT SUPPORT ACCUSATIONS AGAINST INDIVIDUALS. HOWEVER,WE ALSO DO NOT CONTROL VIEWS OF STUDENTS.
Overt acts of racism and hate are symptomatic of institutional complacency and inaction. As marginalized students of color; multicultural and international students, we are acutely aware of the endemic nature of prejudice and racism in society. As such, we do not naively hope for the end of overt and explicit acts of racism. Instead, we believe that the need of the hour is to address institutional changes.
Our mission is to hold the administration and students of St. Olaf College accountable for the institutionalized racism that is embedded within the structures of this campus. We aim that St. Olaf College will recognize that these racially charged reported and unreported hate crimes are not driven by individual incidents or students, but an ideology that is continuously supported by the administration’s lack of action and the student body’s harmful attitudes.
We thank Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) and other colleges and universities that have, in the face of institutional racism and injustice, taken initiative in demanding institutional change. Without their past efforts, our movement would not have the direction it needed to be effective.
We are also indebted to all students, especially students of color, for their consolidated support. We thank faculty and staff members, especially of color, who stand with us in solidarity.