Provide SOCA with a Dedicated Space in the New Student Union Building
Background:

For over 25 years SOCA has served as a safe community space for students of Caribbean and African Ancestry, providing support, advocacy and education. In 1997, space in the Rotunda was allocated to SOCA and other equity-seeking groups like Out on Campus and First Nations Students Association. SOCA has served as a safe space for the black community and allies centering community building, representation, social justice and inclusivity.

With regards to the Rotunda space, SFU and SFSS had landed on that space in the Rotunda would be given back to SFU in exchange for all Rotunda groups getting space in the SUB. In 2013 consultations for the SUB, the Student Society had committed that the groups in the Rotunda Community would be allocated space in the SUB. In April of 2018, SOCA receives eviction notice of December 14, 2018. On 19th of November 2018, SFSS decided to move to a month-to-month agreement for the current rotunda space, but have not allocated dedicated space in the Students Union Building for SOCA.

Whether you are an undergraduate or graduate student, domestic or international, person of color or not, we should all agree that there should continue to be appropriate space for black students and marginalized communities on this campus.

You may find out more on sfusoca.ca/campaign and click Email the SFSS or Sign onto this at bit.ly/savesoca.

SOCA Petition: https://www.change.org/p/simon-fraser-student-society-stand-with-soca-and-resist-institutional-racism-at-sfu
SFPIRG Campaign: www.sfpirg.ca/sfpirg-campaign-for-space-in-the-sub/
SOCA Campaign: hwww.sfusoca.ca/campaign
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Letter of Support:
Hello SFSS Board of Directors,

I am writing in response to the impending displacement of the Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry (SOCA) from SFU Campus by the SFSS. I wholeheartedly condemn the and discriminatory actions of the SFSS Board of Directors. The discussions and meetings with this student group have not been negotiated in good faith. I stand in solidarity with SOCA in fighting against this unjust displacement and I actively stand against the perpetuation of systemic racism.

As a black student organization on campus, SOCA is essential in providing resources and a safe place for black students at SFU to gather for socialization and support. Displacing SOCA denies black students such safety and perpetuates the marginalization of people of colour.

The conduct of the SFSS is not in keeping with SFU’s policies on equity and diversity. I urge the SFSS to not take part in perpetuating institutionalized racism and to provide SOCA with one of the Organization Suites in the Student Union Building (SUB) along with the other equity-seeking groups currently in the Rotunda.

Best Regards,
Supporting Organization
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Letters of Support by:

SFU CSSA - Zina Ma

Simon Fraser Cinematography - Hugo Li

Nigerian Students Association - Fatima Ibrahim

SFU Canadian Cancer Society - Mitchell Robinson

First Nations Students Association - Matthew Provost

UBC Black Student Union - Savannah Sutherland

UBC AMS Black Student Union - Gavin Gordon

UBC-SFU Afrocentrism Conference - Lilian Odera

Teaching Support Staff Union - Jorji Temple

Left Alternative - Annie Bhuiyan

Somali Students Association - Abdulkadir Yusuf

Sikh Students' Association - Tavleen Kaur Brar

UBC Africa Awareness Initiative - Louisa Xiluva Hill

Canadianized Asian Club - Montse Deveras

Ismaili Students Association - Nadeem Kanji

SFU Accounting Student Association - Jessica Bi

SFU Bachelor of Environment Student Union - Anita So

Hogan’s Alley Society - Vanessa Richards

SFU Autistics United - Vivian Ly

Black Lives Matter Vancouver - Morgan Switzer

African Students Association - The ASA Team - Statement

Down with Racial Capitalism - UBC - Wendy Addo

MP Terry Beech - Statement

The Talon - Edward Tolby

UBC Equity Seeking Groups Joint Statement:
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UBC Social Justice Centre

UBC Women’s Centre

The Pride Collective UBC

Down with Racial Capitalism UBC

Bike Kitchen UBC

Gender Race Sexuality and Social Justice Undergraduate Association

CiTR Radio and Discorder Magazine

UBC Progressive Jewish Alliance

UBC Student Environment Centre
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