Documents obtained through discovery in the Big City Coffee lawsuit against Boise State University (BSU) have revealed social justice ideology in the student council, the administration, and various aspects of BSU contracts and business decisions.
This is part two in this series. Please begin with our first article found here.
The September 1, 2020 meeting minutes of ASBSU/IESC were detailed in our previous article. We begin here with the meeting minutes of September 7, 2020.
Attendees were listed as: Students Ryann Banks, Alyssa Wainaina, Amanda Hawks, Em McNay, Sarah Smith, Kenneth Huston, and Administrators Eric Scott, Leslie Webb, and Francisco Salinas.
In the “New Business” (labeled Section IV) of the ASBSU / IESC meeting on September 7, Banks addresses Webb in explaining her disapproval of the decision that was made to approve Big City Coffee opening a campus location,
“I am not surprised but I am thoroughly disappointed that this is happening. It makes me feel sick to even think about it. I know this isn’t in your realm, Leslie, but I would encourage you to discuss this with other administrators because students need to be incorporated in all of these discussions. We do not need voting power, but we need to be in the room, and we need to be compensated for it. This is unacceptable that it is happening. Activists in our area are being targeted and people are being harmed. This company is going to encourage this type of behavior on campus and attract those types of people to our campus. It should not be up to marginalized students to fix this. It is up to the administrators to fix this and allow for students to have a voice. We have known for half a decade that they support Thin Blue Line, and this is unacceptable and should have never happened. I know that all of IESC has had an experience with police that 9/10 times has not been positive. The extension of the BPD contract is showing that you support this and that there is no connection between administration and students right now. I know IESC is representing the concerns and issues of all marginalized students. Bringing this company on campus is silencing our students and if there is a way to end this now, we need to do it.”
The discussion continued between members of the council, Webb, and Salinas. Not all comments are quoted here, but you can read the entire discussion in the meeting minutes shown below.
PLF000239 IESC minutes 9.7.20
“Alyssa: “The people who made this decision don’t care about us and it is not just IESC who should stand up for this but everyone on campus should stand up for this. There should be more marginalized student voices on this. You need to find a way to cancel this contract because every marginalized student knows about this affiliation and that it is a dangerous place.”Advertisement
Leslie: “We are in the process of ending this contract with Aramark and I imagine we can have a conversation about that. As we move forward, we have an opportunity to move in a different direction.”
“I do not want to further the pain that exists in this space. Do we want to focus on the contractual side of things instead? Will you support me in finding more information on this before we have a conversation that may end up the way you all are feeling it may? I am happy to take responsibility to find out what is happening.”
Amanda: “I agree with everything that has been said. With Chick-Fil-A, BPD, and now Big City Coffee it has sent a message that the campus does not support Black Lives Matter. If there is a way to reverse this decision it should be done. If they come to campus, it is sending a very harmful message.”
Francisco: “We have had this conversation before. This could be the beginning of a revolution where we say that we have a standard for corporate partnerships that we have. My understanding is there is no undoing the Big City Coffee partnership. I believe we should have a standard that says we will not accept companies who act in certain ways because that will have a more lasting impact to protect students.”
Ryann: “We need to look at our population and at the end of the day we need to understand the history and privilege of being white in America. What is the make-up of the students being interviewed? Because if you are not centering marginalized students, you are marginalizing them further.”
Part three of this series on ASBSU and social justice ideology to follow. It will include more meeting minutes, information on the recent reorganization of BSU student government, and correspondence by BSU President Dr. Marlene Tromp.
Feature photo courtesy of Idaho Business Review
Article photos by David Pettinger show signs on the BSU campus
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