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Events Planned to Commemorate Occupy SLU Anniversary

by Joe Barker on 10/01/2021

The Office of Diversity and Innovative Community Engagement (DICE) is commemorating Occupy SLU Week with a series of events to remember the 2014 protests for equality and justice that took place on the SLU campus and in the surrounding St. Louis area.

Student teach-ins were a regular part of the October 2014 campus demonstration.

Student teach-ins were a regular part of the October 2014 campus demonstration.

Occupy SLU was six days of a peaceful occupation at the campus clock tower that included daily teach-ins and community conversations in October 2014, following the officer-involved shootings of two African American young men: Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and VonDerrit Myers Jr., the son of a long-time member of the SLU community, VonDerrit Myers Sr., in the nearby Shaw neighborhood of St. Louis. 

Occupy SLU ended with the adoption of the Clock Tower Accords, a 13-point agreement committing Saint Louis University to actively strengthen diversity, inclusion and equity on campus. In the spirit of the Gospels, the Accords also extend that commitment to the city and suburban neighbors, particularly to underserved families.

“Occupy SLU is important to the institution because it emphasizes the racial and economic injustices of marginalized and brutalized human being and communities, which, in turn, brought awareness about people, especially black human beings, who wouldn’t otherwise be recognized by others that are living under far different realities — the pain and social ills that were at the center of the protesters concerns,” said Richard Marks, Ed.D., director of the Cross Cultural Center and Center for Global Citizenship.

This year, to mark the anniversary, DICE is inviting students, faculty, staff, and administrators to participate in campus-wide events to reflect upon the history and lasting effects of Occupy SLU and the Clock Tower Accords. Events begin Friday, Oct. 8, and run through Friday, Oct. 15. 

All events are family-friendly, and children are welcome. In case of rain, those events planned at the clock tower will be held in the Center for Global Citizenship (CGC) Auditorium. 

“Saint Louis University commemorates Occupy SLU because it brought attention to the tensions and injustices in our world and at our institution,” Marks said. “It is a reminder of how Saint Louis University is accountable to the mission and its stakeholders, especially those who are marginalized and underrepresented. 

“The events during the commemorative week are events to raise awareness; remember the works of the fallen who have paved the way for our progress; assess the advancement and growth within the Clock Tower Accords; and highlight love, light, healing and justice."

Schedule of Events

Occupy SLU Week Event Registration Form