To try to save the Africana studies program from being cut, students are putting together a video campaign to raise awareness and support of the department. …
The possibility it could still be eliminated is concerning to students like Kelechi Agwuncha, one of the campaign’s organizers.
“We want to have campus-wide support and visual support for Africana studies, because we’re seeing a lack in social media support for it,” Agwuncha said. “We want people to know that this isn’t just a college issue, but also a community issue.”
The video will include a montage of faces of all different colors, ages and races, Agwuncha said.
Excerpts from the Daily Egyptian and check out the broadcast interview from WSIL TV: To try to save the Africana studies program from being cut, students are putting together a video campaign to raise awareness and support of the department. … The possibility it could still be eliminated is concerning to students like Kelechi Agwuncha, one of the campaign’s organizers.…Read More
From the Daily Egyptian: The newest hire to the philosophy department comes as the first ever at SIU in his area of expertise; professor Alfred Frankowski is the university’s only Africana philosophy specialist. Frankowski focuses on a range of areas within that specialty, including critical philosophy of race, African American and Africana philosophy, aesthetics, post-colonialism and critical genocide studies, according…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
Current SIUC Africana Studies major Marissa Jackson’s Op-Ed to the Daily EgyptianRead More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
An open letter from the President of SIUC BAG to the new SIUC Chancellor Montemagno.Read More