As part of the March for Science, a student- led protest against the University, the Notre Dame campus is hosting an open house on March 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.p.m., the first time in more than two decades that the event has taken place on campus.
The event is part of a national event organized by students and faculty, calling on the University to honor its commitment to science, and to remove all forms of climate denial.
“I feel the same way as everybody else that we feel like we’re being lied to by a lot of different companies,” said graduate student Mariana Burda.
“There are a lot more corporations that have the same problem that we do and I think we have to be fighting for that.”
While the university’s administration has not yet made a decision on the demonstration, students say the rally is a direct response to the recent dismissal of Dr. Robert H. Burbage, the director of the Center for Climate Change Communication at the university.
A letter was sent to Burbage last month, claiming he was no longer qualified to teach and had failed to uphold the academic standards of the school.
Burgas had not been the subject of the letter, which said he had taught a number of courses that “contain no climate change in their content, and that do not present a clear picture of climate change and its effects.”
Burbage is an outspoken critic of climate science and the fossil fuel industry, and is a long-time activist against the fossil fuels industry and other industry organizations, including the Environmental Defense Fund and the American Petroleum Institute.
He has been a regular speaker at the March 1 rally.
Burdas father, professor of anthropology, Dr. Obi Burbage was also an outspoken supporter of the climate movement and is also an active member of the Irish Students for a Climate Revolution, a group of students from across Ireland who have gathered at Notre Dame to protest the university over the dismissal of Burbage.
“He’s been an advocate for all students, including climate change,” said Burds father, Professor Obi Burd.
“If he doesn’t have the right to teach, how can he teach?
I believe that the university has to honor his teaching, and I believe it has to remove the climate denial from the curriculum.
It’s really important that we stand up for our university.”
“I’m so glad that we’re here, it’s been such a hard year,” said another graduate student, professor Sarah Koechlin, who is a student of anthropology.
“We’re really pushing back against the system that’s not really respecting all the voices.
The university is not listening to all the students.
The only thing that we have is the voice of our students.”
The protest is also being held in solidarity with the Women’s March, a national day of action against the Trump administration that took place in Washington, D.C. on March 21.
A march of tens of thousands of people took place around the country on March 7.
“A lot of us have to go back to our classrooms to teach our students about climate change, because it’s really happening in our classrooms right now,” said Koechoin.
In recent weeks, several students at the Notre Dames have been arrested and charged with various crimes, including disrupting the university and breaking the law, for participating in the protest.
The rally has also raised a number, in the community, questions about how the university responds to students protesting against it.
Many students say they are afraid for their safety, and are frustrated that they are not being taken seriously by the university or police.
The protests began after several students, many from minority groups, protested a meeting held by the Interim Provost and President Thomas Schilling in which they demanded the removal of Burgas from the faculty.
“We were there as students, we were not here to disrupt the meeting,” said sophomore student, Rachel Brown.
“The fact that we were there at all is really troubling, especially for students who are very young and don’t know any better.”
In response, a large contingent of the student body began to block the entrance to the Provost’s office.
According to Brown, the protest was interrupted by a police officer who was present to escort her out of the building.
In the end, Brown said the police did not arrest her, but rather took her to the ground and took her phone.
“It’s really frustrating, especially that we don’t see our voices heard,” said Brown.
Students say that the lack of police presence is also a major issue.
As the protest has continued, the university is reportedly working with several local police departments to address the problem of racial profiling.
In a statement, the Provos statement said, “While the University takes seriously any