The Department of Afro-American Studies is seeking support for its 50th anniversary commemoration in 2020–21! Since its start in 1970, the department has grown to be one of the most successful programs in the country. The department offers a wide variety of courses leading to both undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates, and it bridges into the PhD programs for the English and history departments. We believe that the deepest understanding of the complex reality of race in America requires a truly interdisciplinary approach that draws on history and literature, social sciences, and the arts. We are committed to bringing academic research to the broadest possible audience and to do so, we need your support.
Gifts to the Afro-American Studies department are especially needed for:
1) Cultural and community-oriented programs; and
2) Graduate student teaching assistants’ support.
We have very limited support for graduate students, most of whom come from underrepresented groups and families with limited resources. We have virtually no funding to provide programs beyond academic course offerings; faculty, students and community members have indicated a greater need to support cultural programs that would be open to all.