SAT NOTES: The Imperial University & Communities
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Du Boisian Scholar Network, 2019 Convening
Session Notes
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Note Taker(s):Brunilda Pizarro
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Email of Note taker(s):brunilda.pizarro@yale.edu
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Date:Sat, May 4
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I. TopicsII. Summary CommentsIII. Action Item
IV. Date of First Contact/Follow Up
V. Contact Lead Name(s)VI. Contact Lead Email
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Shared language: contexts of imperialism Knowledge exportation - The university values the Western canon over non-Western thought. This framework is then exported to other countries. University uses international students for knowledge exportation as well.
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Fraught university relationship with local community. Ex: community outreach efforts to show that "they [the university] are good people" yet the true impact in the community is insignificant.
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Scholarship on imperialism is siloed; its framing focuses on the past and not on contemporary manifestations.
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Imperialism studied in Africana studies/urban studies and not in sociology.
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Imposing knowledge projects in spaces results in a bifurcation of groups
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Policing of communities by private univerisity police
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Students used as agents of empire
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Defining "community" and its relationship to community colleges?How are communities discussed?"community" based on exclusion of others. Anything outside the "community" is a "community." Who defines these parameters?
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"community" is used to homogenize or windowdress, discourages affinity groups to have separate spaces.
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Borders of university: how do you define who is in it? Where does the community begin/end?
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Redevelopment university projects expand boundaries into the surrounding community
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Perceptions of surrounding community as "too dangerous" for students; use of mega donor funding for residential projects that displace the surrounding community (in the name of "protecting" students).
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Continued expansion: schools acquiring other schools
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Universities follow the $$$ (i.e. ties to Koch Brothers); this is imperialism of the intellectual production itself.Controlling minds through donorship.
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Boundaries of Univ (in reverse): What if community tried to delineate their boundaties on the univ? The imperial Gaze: Linear chronology of power.Institutions have imperative. They live in perpetuity.
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Shifting power: Similar to Indigenous communities having their own IRB, communities can also have an IRB of their own. This requirement would increase accountability and prevent further extraction from communities.
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