Brazilian educator Paulo Freire famously cautioned against the “banking” model of education. By that he meant a way of thinking about education akin to someone making a deposit to the bank, “in which the students are the depositories and the teacher is the depositor”. But if “banking” is a metaphor that is dangerous for education, what happens when your university is literally run by bankers?
York University’s Board of Governors includes 24 external members, all of whom come from some branch of the private sector, with several from the financial sector in particular. Among the wider student population, very little is known about these individuals, and we think that is a shame because these individual wield great power over the direction and priorities of our university. That is why this year, as part of our campaign to improve democracy and transparency at York University, we will be shining a spotlight on the Board and the corporate affiliations of its members.
But for now, please take a look at the picture below and ask yourself, “Is this representative of our York community? Do I trust them to champion academic freedom, social justice, accessible education, and collegial self-governance?”
The first meeting of the Board of Governors for the 2017-18 academic year is October 3 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm in 5th floor Kaneff Tower. According to the Board of Governor Bylaws, “meetings of the Board shall be open to the public,” so we encourage all interested members to attend.