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The African-American Experience at the University of Massachusetts Boston [microform] : Challenges and Future Directions. Occasional Paper No. 45 / James E. Blackwell
Bib ID 5671317
Format BookBook, MicroformMicroform, OnlineOnline
Blackwell, James E
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Description [Washington, D.C.] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1999 
30 p. 

This paper presents the history of diversity, equality, and black studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston from the perspective of a professor who helped found the Black Studies Department and worked to promote gender equity. When he first arrived in 1970, Boston was segregated, and there were few black faculty members. He joined forces with a female professor who was concerned about the problems of women on campus, and established the first Affirmative Action Task Force there. They also established a Black Studies program within the department of Sociology. A few additional faculty and staff of color were hired, and an active Black Faculty and Staff caucus was organized. With pressure and assistance from this group, the first person of color was hired as Associate Provost. The professor served on many campus committees to give a voice to the concerns of people of color. The William Monroe Trotter Institute was founded in the 1980s. It assumed leadership in conducting a balanced, objective assessment of the status of Black Americans. It also established a journal, the Trotter Review. By the 1980s, the number of racially diverse faculty members had grown significantly, as had the number of female faculty and staff. (SM)


ERIC Note: This paper is based on a special lecture co-sponsored by the William Monroe Trotter Institute, the Department of Sociology and the Black Faculty/Staff Caucus of the University of Massachusetts Boston on September 30, 1998 as part of the commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the African Studies Department.

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Black Students.  |  Black Studies.  |  Black Teachers.  |  College Faculty.  |  College Students.  |  Diversity (Faculty)  |  Diversity (Student)  |  Equal Opportunities (Jobs)  |  Females.  |  Higher Education.  |  Racial Discrimination.  |  Racial Segregation.  |  Sex Discrimination.  |  African Americans  |  University of Massachusetts Boston
Form/genre Reports, Descriptive.  |  Speeches/Meeting Papers.
Other authors/contributors Massachusetts Univ., Boston, MA. William Monroe Trotter Inst
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