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Why We Need Your Support

The Department of Afro-American Studies reached its 50th anniversary in the fall semester of 2020, but we could not celebrate because of the pandemic. We hope to have an in-person celebration to commemorate this important milestone during the 2021–22 academic year. 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, as well as bridges into the English and history department doctoral programs. 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, the 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.

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Afro-American Studies - How Gifts Make a Difference

Besides much-needed funding for our upcoming 50th Anniversary celebration — which is open to all — there are numerous ways in which additional support would help our department and communities. Gifts will be used to support graduate-student teaching assistants, most of whom come from underrepresented groups and families with limited resources. In addition, we need funding to provide cultural and community-oriented programs beyond academic course offerings, something that is extremely important to our faculty, students, and community members. As a program that started as an outgrowth of the student concern for relevance in higher education, the work we do is essential for our college and community.

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