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CFA takes a stand for Africana & ethnic studies

Africana Studies

Last week CFA President Lillian Taiz and Council for Affirmative Action Chair/VP for Affirmative Action Cecil Canton sent a letter on behalf of CFA to every California State University campus president, expressing “deep concern for an emerging pattern on a number of campuses within the CSU—an initiative to drastically cut existing race and ethnic studies departments or to merge them into larger departments.”

The letter notes pressure on the campuses to introduce “efficiencies,” some of which will undermine exactly whatpublic higher education needs to achieve.

They wrote, “Now is not the time to be shrinking or burying academic curriculum that takes on these critical issues. Instead we must commit ourselves to helping all of our students wrestle with the reality of race in America and aspire to create a better society for all of us.”

The letter calls for a moratorium on program changes on all campuses and supports Chancellor Timothy White’s request that changes proposed at CSU Long Beach be postponed for two years while an assessment of the impact can be conducted. The letter also shares with campus presidents a California State Assembly resolution supporting Africana Studies.

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