This essay examines the campus sanctuary movement that launched in response to the 2016 US presidential election. It focuses on the case of my employer to illuminate the broader context of the campus sanctuary movement's nationwide emergence, including the neoliberal evisceration of higher education and right-wing attacks on intellectual freedom and demands for social justice. Recognizing that the institution will not save us, sanctuary organizers not only demand that institutions use their resources for the public good, but they also work beyond the confines of institutions to build the resources that we need through community-based organizations.
Universities, Unjust Law, and Campus Sanctuaries
A. Naomi Paik is Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of Bans, Walls, Raids, Sanctuary (University of California Press, 2020). Thank you to Karma R. Chávez for the invitation to contribute to this forum. My gratitude as well to friends and to colleagues in Sanctuary for the People UIUC: David Cisneros, Daniel Gonzalez, Kora Maldonado, Mimi Nguyen, Veronica Paredes, Gilberto Rosas, Jason Ruiz, and Siobhan Somerville. Correspondence to: A. Naomi Paik, Department of Asian American Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1208 W. Nevada Street, MC 142, Urbana, IL 61801, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A. Naomi Paik; Universities, Unjust Law, and Campus Sanctuaries. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 March 2020; 9 (1): 95–100. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2020.9.1.95
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