BY TaiSonya Tidwell, SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC News)— Syracuse University Students are in their fifth night of occupation in Crouse Hinds Hall.
About forty students have been sleeping on the brick floor downstairs from the admissions office. The students are apart of a large organization called The General Body.
The occupation began Monday night after students protested at Hendrix Chapel. Students say they have previously asked for the things they are now demanding, and have received no action oriented response.
Students say they are demanding support for marginalized identities through institutional change. Here are some of the things students are disappointed about.
Diversity on Campus?
“we, the general body are afraid that Syracuse University with a change in its mission… are moving in a direction that moves away from encouraging diversity here on this campus”, said junior, Daniel Reed.
*A scholarship program called POSSE could be cut. The program brings students from Atlanta, Miami and Los Angeles. In the future Miami and Los Angeles POSSE’s could be cut.
*Students also say the university needs to be more inclusive for students with disabilities.
“we spend a disproportionate amount of time trying to figure out how to navigate the campus” said the Disabilities Student Union Co- President.
Mental Health Support
*The Closure of the Advocacy center on campus, that helped students who were victims of sexual assault.
*The lack of Mental health counselors for students.
Decisions Made Without Representative Student Input?
*Syracuse University’s senate passed a resolution for a divestment of fossil fuels.
Students say this decision did not include them.
“we chose Syracuse for a reason, and we spend way to much money to have decisions made about us, without us,” said first year John at a press conference Wednesday.
Students are currently still in communication back and forth with the chancellor.
They say they will continue to occupy the building until the university has heard and committed to addressing the needs of the student body.