Since 2014, the Anarchist Bookfair has taken place at Boston University. They provided access to revolutionary books and access to workshops on how to make change and participate in activism. This year the Anarchist Bookfair had to be canceled due to security fees that were charged to the group by Boston University. Below is our official statement on this issue.
We hope that this will foster conversations that create greater transparency in how free speech can be practiced at Boston University, the limitations of this, and what Boston University constitutes as free speech.
Welcome back to campus, everyone! We hope your September is going well and that you're settling into your class schedule. The CGSA is up and running, and that means we are looking for volunteers like you! We are a resource center run for and by students, and we rely on volunteers to create and maintain a welcoming environment for all who use the space. Some of the duties of our volunteer team include organizing the space, participating in events held by the CGSA, and running the front desk while our space is open. If you are interested in joining our community, please fill out this form, and feel free to reach out to our volunteer coordinator, Lily Bryant, at email@example.com.
Have a wonderful semester, and we hope to see you at the CGSA!
We have been working with BU to help bring more All-Gender bathrooms to campus and we are happy to say that many have been created and many more will be created. They will truly help increase the safety and sense of belonging of students of all gender. In the meantime, here is an updated map to help you find All-Gender Bathrooms on campus. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
I hope you all were able to partake in our birthday festivities. We certainly enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful faces who came through! We wanted to announce that we are currently in need of more volunteers to help run the CGSA. We are a student-led organization, so we rely on people just like you to maintain the space so we can continue working with the administration, planning events, and supporting the student groups that meet here. The responsibilities of volunteers include things such as
- Opening the CGSA
- Picking up bagels for Free Bagel Friday
- Helping organize the space
- Help keeping the space clean
- Helping out with larger events that may need volunteer
For more information on how to become involved, please email Anna Baggett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CGSA would love to welcome everyone back to campus for the start of the fall semester. Over the summer, the space started undergoing renovation and is currently in the final stages. In the meanwhile, the space is fully functional, so feel free to stop by and partake in one of our clubs or just hang out. The final renovations will be complete by September 21st, on which we will hold our 10th birthday party. We welcome the entire BU community the come check out our space, learn more about the Center, and enjoy in festivities with us. The event starts at 8pm and there will be free food and drinks with a beer and wine bar for our guests 21 and over. We are located in the basement of the George Sherman Union adjacent to the Terrier Card Office. We hope to see you all there!
We're working on an initiative for gender-neutral housing. If you would like to read more about it, you can do so here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Of1NqcZysFGx-ALoV6wUGx4VsVQI1tKR/view
If you would like to contribute, please contact email@example.com!
We're in the middle of updating our website. Check back soon to see new content and events!
Meanwhile, check out our Weebly page for recent updates: https://bucgsa.weebly.com/
Statement by Gender Neutral BU
The following is a statement on behalf of the Center for Gender, Sexuality and Activism, the Boston University Student Government, and their student, faculty, administrative, parent, and alumni supporters. This statement is in response to the administration’s recent decision to indefinitely halt the Student Government proposal to implement Gender Neutral Housing at Boston University. This action represents a deliberate violation of the commitments made by administration officials to implement Gender Neutral Housing as an option for students by Fall 2013.
The Student Government went through the appropriate channels to plan and submit this proposal. After many revisions in coordination with Boston University Residence Life, and taking into consideration survey responses from over one thousand Boston University students, the plan was passed in Spring of 2012 by the Boston University Student Government Senate. The Senate is the main instrument of the student voice; it includes representatives from the Pan-Hellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, individual college governments and each residence hall.
After the proposal passed, Student Government held countless meetings with administrative officials from Housing, Residence Life, and the Dean of Students Office to facilitate the implementation of the plan. During the summer, the Dean of Students Office gave multiple verbal confirmations that Gender Neutral Housing was slated for Fall of 2013. Student Government was then given permission to publicize the plan’s approval at the beginning of the fall term. The plan was moderate in its requests and respectful of administrative concerns; it called for the gradual five-year implementation of Gender Neutral Housing. Despite these efforts, Student Government received notification from the Dean of Students Office during Fall Recess that the plans for Gender Neutral Housing had been indefinitely postponed.
We students have created a united front - “Gender Neutral BU” - and we are advocating for the Gender Neutral Housing plan that was promised. We are disappointed that the administration has determined that Gender Neutral Housing is not a priority on their current housing agenda. The collective voice of the student body has been silenced. We understand the importance of other initiatives being undertaken by the University but it is unacceptable to disregard student priorities. We are asking the administration to publicly affirm their commitment to the implementation of Gender Neutral Housing at Boston University in Fall of 2013. This is necessary for a campus that is safe and inclusive for all students.
Sign the petition here