ERIC Number: ED442919
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
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The African-American Experience at the University of Massachusetts Boston: Challenges and Future Directions. Occasional Paper No. 45.
Blackwell, James E.
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: Massachusetts Univ., Boston, MA. William Monroe Trotter Inst.