We stand with you

1 July 2020

WE STAND WITH YOU

Green Office stands with the #blacklivesmatter movement against systemic racism and discrimination.

Green Office is primarily a place for sustainability. However, focus on sustainability goes hand in hand with attention for social inequality, gender inequality, sexual violence, ethnic profiling, etc. There is an urgent need for structural change in all areas and this starts with raising awareness of these different structural problems.

THE PAST IS NOW

Ethnic profiling, exclusion and racism are deeply rooted in our historical material culture, our language, the media, our education system and the structure of institutions. Forgotten colonial structures have their effect to this day. The past is now. Raising awareness and debate about our forgotten colonial history is therefore important.

Forgotten colonial places in Leuven

From ‘Home Congolais’ to Pangaea 2.0. Pangaea celebrates a renewed location with a view to the past: https://www.veto.be/arti…/van-home-congolais-tot-pangaea-20…

5 forgotten colonial places in Leuven:
https://cultuurgeschiedenis.be/category/lijsten/page/3/…

Now is the time to listen and to open yourself up to other perspectives, engage in dialogue and to take time to question your own worldview and history. In the words of the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “When we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise.”

We want to use our platform to draw attention to a few organizations and individuals who for several years, have been working to put diversity, inclusivity and decolonization on the agenda of KU Leuven.

Nozizwe Dube: student of law at KU Leuven and co-founder of two organizations that are dedicated to put inclusivity and decolonization on the agenda of KU Leuven: Karibu and UNDIVIDED.
• Interview with Nozizwe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lp4E2LRUAiM&feature=share
• Follow Nozizwe on Facebook or instagram: @nozizwe_d

Karibu: Karibu is a safe place that centers and celebrates cultures of students of African descent. Leuven is known as a student city, they want to ensure that students with African roots have a place where they can meet, debate and relax.
• Follow “Karibu. African Circle Leuven” on Facebook, Instagram and twitter: @karibuleuven
• Interview with Sonia Mutaganzwa, culture manager of Karibu. About Black History Month in Leuven, from March 2020:
https://www.veto.be/…/ik-hoef-geen-wraak-we-willen-zwarte-m…
• An interview of two members from December 2019: “African students claim their place. “We are here and we will stay here.”: https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20191226_04783291…
• “Karibu sees the light. Students from Leuven with African roots establish their own student association: ‘dream that my child will join Karibu one day’”(October 2019): https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/blsme_04668629

UNDIVIDED: UNDIVIDED’s main goal is to make the university more inclusive with regards to education, research and social services.
• Follow UNDIVIDED on social media : @undivided_kul
• https://www.kuleuven.be/diversiteit/undivided…

The Danger of a Single Story
• Ted talk from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie about “The Danger of a Single Story”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D9Ihs241zeg ; https://www.facinghistory.org/…/chapter…/danger-single-story

Illustration: @francescamiya