ERIC Number: EJ968348
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr-26
Reference Count: N/A
At Long Last
Cooper, Kenneth J.
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v29 n6 p12-13 Apr 2012
Since 1980, Tufts has offered a minor called Africa in the New World, but for reasons lost to time, the private university north of Boston did not join other schools in the 1960s and 1970s in creating a major in what was usually called Black studies. A faculty-student committee's recommendation in 1972 to do so went unimplemented. African-American students began petitioning the Tufts administration anew in 2009 for an Africana studies major, later holding campus rallies. Momentum toward a resolution to the student protests built with the arrival the next year of a new dean of arts and sciences, Dr. Joanne Berger-Sweeney, an African-American who compiled a strong record on diversity at Wellesley College. This article discusses how new Tufts University leadership makes up for lost time in responding to calls to establish a Black studies program.
Descriptors: Black Studies, Private Colleges, Foreign Countries, Administrators, Majors (Students), African Americans, African American History, Educational Change, Leadership Responsibility, Activism, Advocacy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts