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Africana Studies elimination delayed; taskforce created

As the SIUC community continues to grapple with the potential impacts of the proposed university re-organization, Chancellor Carlo Montemagno announced that the decision to eliminate the Africana Studies degree program will be deferred for a year. In July, university officials proposed eliminating the Africana Studies bachelor’s degree as part of the Financial Sustainability Plan that was presented to the SIU…

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Brown pushes students to grow, succeed

The Rev. Joseph Brown, professor of the Africana Studies at SIU, was featured in the Daily Egyptian. The article offers a peek into Brown’s childhood and the impact he has had serving the students of SIU. Here are just a couple of those students in their own words: As a professor, Brown’s students say he pushes them too. “He will…

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Alumni testify in support of Africana Studies

From the Daily Egyptian: A number of attendees spoke to the board in defense of the Africana studies program. The undergraduate degree program is on the chopping block following Board of Trustees approval of the “Financial Sustainability Plan” in July. This plan would cut about $26 million from the university, including seven degree programs. The bachelor’s in Africana studies is…

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SIU Board of Trustees student rep defends Africana Studies

In a recent column in the Daily Egyptian, Sam Beard, who serves as the student representative on the SIU Board of Trustees, defended the Africana Studies department and laid out important reasons why it should not be cut. Check out the full column at the Daily Egyptian website: An anti-racist institution would never cut Africana Studies. And in a world…

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Letter to the editor: Don’t cut Africana Studies at SIUC

The Carbondale Racial Justice Coalition published a letter to the editor on August 24, in defense of the administration’s proposal to cut the Africana Studies department at SIUC. Here is an excerpt: We are writing to express our deep dismay and concern about the possible closure of the Bachelor of Arts program in Africana Studies at SIU Carbondale, announced at…

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Students protest cuts to Africana Studies department

About 25 students and recent graduates marched through campus Tuesday to protest the administration’s decision to cut the Africana Studies program. “Keep Africana Studies! Meet us outside!” rang through the Student Center as demonstrators rallied inside the building before taking the march to Anthony Hall, where the chancellor’s office is housed.  The undergraduate degree program is on the chopping block…

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