For anyone who still thinks that my campaign is just an “individual matter”, I leave you with yet another example for further consideration. I rarely check my petition, but yesterday I got two messages from non-EU international students based at SOAS who are going through the exact same abuse that I faced many years ago at the University of Leeds.
Nayantara Premakumar writes,
“I am in the same situation! International PhD student who was kicked out because I wanted appropriate supervision (what we are paying for), and I’m trying to fight the SOAS to let me complete my final year.”
Sahil Warsi also adds,
“As an international PGR student at SOAS, I have gone through hardships stemming from the same sources as Sanaz’s problems and witnessed many other abuses by the same system in almost the identical fashion to Sanaz. This is absolutely unacceptable. It is not the result of mean-spirited individuals, but rather of giving into the demands of an inhumane and ultimately short-sighted agenda for education. Regardless, Sanaz’s situation is emblematic of the despicable state of higher education today.”
I want to know what the SOAS student union is doing to facilitate helping non-EU international [of color] students like Nayantara and Sahil? One can’t simply pass a motion of solidarity as SOAS and 7 other universities have done and yet do next to nothing to help those students most vulnerable to the institutional racism/xenophobia within the neoliberal university system!
Reading these comments make me extremely upset. Talented and intelligent non-EU international students (of color) are still being marginalized and isolated and abuses like these examples continue to exist in the seats of British higher education.
When is the student movement going to take the issues of non-EU international students seriously?