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Students protest cuts to Africana Studies department

Students and alumni gathered outside the student center Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, to protest the removal of the Africana studies program from SIU. (Athena Chrysanthou | @Chrysant1Athena)

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 following Board of Trustees approval of the “Financial Stability Plan” in July. This plan would cut about $26 million from the university, including seven degree programs. The bachelor’s in Africana Studies is one of these.

See the article in the Daily Egyptian to learn more.

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