Students for Decolonization (SDECOL)
The Students for Decolonization or SDECOL is the independent undergraduate student group approved by Boston University's Student Activities Office (SAO) to facilitate on-campus communication and research on decolonization and related subjects. SDECOL seeks to promote sensitization on subjects of decolonization, partitions, borderlands, refugee crisis, and political violence. Since decolonization impacts a number of global issues, from development economics to climate change agreements, this club reaches out to a broad range of fields and explore the interdisciplinary aspects of decolonization.
SDECOL partners with Global Decolonization Initiative (GloDec) to host the Decolonization Film Series. GloDec's Director, Dr. Jayita Sarkar, is SDECOL's advisor.
SDECOL is also partnering with the Pardee School's BU Center for the Study of Asia (BUCSA) and the Forced Migration and Human Trafficking Initiative (FMHT) for events and projects on decolonization.
Mugdha Gurram is a rising senior in the Pardee School of Global Studies studying International Relations with a minor in Philosophy. Outside of SDECOL, she is a peer mentor, secretary for the Diversity in Law Association at BU, and a Communications Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center. After graduating, she plans to pursue a career in law. Coming from India, Mugdha is interested in the way national narratives are shaped by decolonization, and is particularly focused on modern implications of these historical narratives. She is excited to continue exploring these issues through SDECOL.
Aya Al-Khalifa is a junior in the Pardee School of Global Studies majoring in International Relations. She is interested in sustainability and research in development. She has participated in a number of sustainability-related, including the Zayed Future Energy Prize (ZFEP), in the High School category; she is planning a career in research, policy, and politics.
Muskaan Khemani is a rising junior pursuing a double major in Earth and Environmental Science and International Relations. Besides being the treasurer for SDECOL, she is the founder & president of Art Club, and serving as the Recruitment Officer for Delta Phi Epsilon. Residing in two places - Curacao and India - that still have obvious remnants of colonialism, the issue of decolonization is very important to her. She is particularly interested in the overlap between decolonization and environmental sustainability, and how people reclaim their colonial histories to fight climate change.
Jahnavi Sodhi is a sophomore majoring in International Relations in the Pardee School of Global Studies. She is involved with Boston University’s MUN Travel Team and is a news writer for The Daily Free Press. She also loves traveling to new places, baking, and reading classics. She is excited to work as the secretary for SDECOL to promote on-campus awareness and research in the subject of decolonization.