Established August 2012, the only one of its kind in North Texas (and one of three in the state), the Center for African American Studies (CAAS) builds on the University of Texas at Arlington’s reputation as one of the nation’s most diverse institutions in the nation. More importantly, as the nation’s only center of African American Studies rooted in both the Liberal Arts and Social Work, CAAS is aiming to redefine the modern model for studying the historical and contemporary issues of race and cultural diversity. Devoted equally to heritage/cultural studies and social justice, CAAS’s scholarly endeavors, civic engagement initiatives, and community-based research programs are designed to enhance and broaden our understanding of Black Americans’ unique social circumstances, political standing, and history.
To cultivate an exceptional transdisciplinary experience through teaching, civic engagement, and community-based research focused on the diverse contextual conditions of Black Americans. Our purpose is to foster student, faculty, and community capacity to create progressive solutions to social problems.
We hope to enlighten, inspire, and empower student, faculty, and community stakeholders to create the progressive, collaborative solutions that drive social change within the Black community specifically and the broader society generally.
Additional information on CAAS is available on their main webpage here http://www.uta.edu/caas/index.html