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Campus Reform reports.

Ohio State encourages students to participate in Black Lives Matter movement

The Ohio State University English Department is preparing to host a series of events this semester exploring whether its students have a particular “moral obligation” to endorse the aims of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“As the Black Lives Matter movement has grown, students have played a pivotal role in drawing attention to circumstances of structural racism, sexism, classism, and heterosex-ism in our schools and universities,” the OSU English Department said in an email to the entire department Thursday. “To highlight the important role that the humanities can play in addressing these disparities, the Department of English will join a campus-wide effort to plan events related to the Black Lives Matter movement.”

According to the email, “the Black Lives Matter Movement provides a robust model for thinking about structural inequities, the complexities of intersectional identities, and the paradoxes of diversity and inclusion initiatives within academic contexts,” and the upcoming event series will explore those issues as a follow-up to the campus-wide Black Lives Matter in the Classroom symposium planned for April 1 and the Hiphop Literacies Conference, whose focus this year is Black Women/Girls Lives Matter, which will be held on March 30 and 31.

The current OSU University President, Dr. Michael V. Drake, is African-American; however, Ohio State claims that the university is in need of “anti-racist educational imperatives” because of “structural racism,” according to the campus-wide Black Lives Matter in the Classroom symposium website.

The Department is calling for undergraduates, graduate students, staff, or faculty of any rank to submit content proposals for panels, workshops, performances, or any event or activity that promotes the Black Lives Matter Movement, and is accepting applications until February 1.

To assist with the process, the Department also provides guidelines on the issues and themes it intends to address through the program.