The library was the first endeavor of the project, it provided books from racialized authors and/or non-Western authors on decolonization and antiracism, but also fiction books. The main idea is to provide students with tools to actively deconstruct their Western-dominated worldview.
Besides this, we also contribute to the deconstruction of the dominant Western worldview by organizing events, to provide students with knowledge and theories that are marginalized by structures of the university. WeDecolonizeVUB wants to provide students with knowledge, theories, perspectives and topics for which the regular curricula have up to this point not provided a platform.
The lack of representation of racialized students and their experiences in courses, the lack of hotlines to report certain traumatic experiences and an adequate follow-up, these are just a couple of examples illustrate this violent character of the university as an institution.
WeDecolonizeVUB therefore also envisages creating a space for racialized students where they can express their aspirations, frustrations, struggles, joy, etc. in order to make the university a better place for racialized students to fully develop in.