The student body at Howard University is fed up.
After complaints about campus housing that almost left one student homeless in March, students are collectively organizing and voicing their concerns. Students also claim the school has failed to provide a safe learning environment.
Members of the organization, Howard University Resist, released a list of nine demands, which can be read below:
Among students' demands are that the school offer affordable and adequate housing for all students under 21. They are also urging the school to freeze tuition, which, since 2008, has nearly doubled. The young activists are also asking for full access to faculty salaries.
Did you know Howard funds gentrification? They're selling off buildings left and right to make apartments priced at the average white income in the neighborhood. #StudentPowerHU looks like an end to the antagonistic relationship between black DC residents and Howard— django bakari (@EBreidford) March 25, 2018
The letter also called for an immediate resignation of Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick citing a lack of leadership, neglect and failure to act in the best interest of students and the black community.
wayne really doesn’t care about us. we need to demand the university we all dreamed howard to be. #StudentPowerHU— jewell ruth-ella humphrey (@jewell116) March 26, 2018
Students are also urging the university to create measures to help prevent sexual assault on campus, to provide resources to combat food insecurity and to stop gentrification.
Most importantly, these young people are asking for a seat at the table.