2 Examples of Non-EU international Students Discussing Mistreatment at SOAS

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?

Comments highlighted in blue.

Comments highlighted in blue.

About justice4sanaz

For 3 years, Sanaz Raji, a non-EU international student from the United States, has waged a fearless and brave fight against institutional aggression, bullying, and racism from the School of Media and Communication (formerly the Institution of Communications Studies) University of Leeds. The School of Media and Communication took away Sanaz's scholarship in August 2011, only 2 weeks before the start of her third year into her PhD studies. The School of Media and Communication breached their own procedures and rules concerning evaluating student progress. By taking away Sanaz's scholarship, the School of Media and Communication prevented her from continuing her studies in addition to having a decent standard of living with food and shelter that all students expect as a human right. In waging her battle for equal rights for non-EU international students, Sanaz was evicted from her university accommodation in May 2014, threatened with an ASBO (anti-social behavior order) and now fighting against deportation. All non-EU international students should have the right to challenge their universities for their failings without the threat of harassment or deportation. Justice4Sanaz is a movement to redress the failure of the student movement to discuss the myriad of ways that non-EU students, especially those who are people of color, are silenced, bullied and threatened within the neoliberal British university system.
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