– The University of Texas at Arlington has announced the establishment of a new
Center for African American Studies that will build on the University’s reputation
as one of the nation’s most diverse institutions and highlight the
contributions of its faculty, staff and students to curriculum and programs.
center will be the only one of its kind in North Texas and the third in the
state. UT Austin founded its Center for African and African American Studies in 1969. Texas
Lutheran University in Seguin launched a similar center this year. Other such centers
exist at Princeton, Duke and UCLA.
James D. Spaniolo said the new Center for African American Studies will be a modern
model for the study of issues of race and cultural diversity.
“UT Arlington is proud of its commitment
to student and academic diversity. Our new Center for African American Studies
will enhance the University’s reputation by setting the standard for
scholarship in diversity, culture, history and more,” Spaniolo said. “This is
one more example of the breadth and depth of excellence that define The
University of Texas at Arlington.”
Arlington will conduct a national search for the director of the Center for
African American Studies with a goal of launching the program in August 2012. The
center is a collaboration between the School of Social Work and the College of
center will initially offer an introductory course and a rigorous minor in
African American Studies. The minor will require 18 semester credit hours comprising
courses from various departments.
methods drawn from several disciplines will enable students to enhance their
understanding of African Americans’ unique social circumstances and heritage
and to acquire a deeper comprehension of the politics, culture, and history of
the nation as a whole, UT Arlington administrators said.
Dulaney, chair of the History Department and longtime advocate for a UT
Arlington center focusing on African American studies, noted that the program
will provide faculty and students enhanced opportunities for community
will participate in research projects that will address community issues such
as voting rights, health care, homelessness, criminal justice and the so-called
“War on Drugs,” Dulaney said.
center is really needed in the Dallas-Fort Worth region,” Dulaney added. “It’s
significant that a large, comprehensive University like ours demonstrate its
commitment to diversity through its academic programs and outreach activities.”
Arlington has repeatedly been cited by U.S.
News & World Report as one of the nation’s best universities for
diversity. About 15 percent of students are African American, while about 19
percent are Hispanic. Asian students make up about 10 percent of enrollment.
more information about UT Arlington’s new Center for African American Studies, email
Marvin Dulaney, firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of 33,439
students in the heart of North Texas. Visit www.uta.edu
to learn more.
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