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University receives grant to hire Black studies faculty

The $3M in funding from the Mellon Foundation will help advance innovative and strategic faculty hiring in the Department of Black Studies.

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From left: Jordan Ealey and Philip V. McHarris are inaugural faculty members of the University of Rochester's Department of Black Studies. (University of Rochester photo / J. Adam Fenster)

Welcome new faculty!

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Our interdisciplinary program in Black studies integrates the social sciences and humanities.

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Black studies students pursue graduate studies and professional careers at prestigious institutions and organizations.

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Spring 2024 Feature Course

AAAS 205-1: Black Life in Caribbean Art

Professor Adrienne Rooney

This course will explore how artists have redefined or expressed blackness. By examining various depictions of Black life, we will ask how have people resisted antiblackness in a region molded by racialized colonial hierarchies and cultural standards.

Monday and Wednesday from 4:50 to 6:05 p.m. in Hylan 203.

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Spring 2024 Feature Course

EDE 497-1: Black Girls and Women in Education

Dr. Tiffany Steele, Assistant Professor of Education, Higher Education Program, FDI Faculty Affiliate

This course will explore the intersectional experiences of Black girls and women in educational spaces and the history of their journeys to define institutional needs that can support Black girls' transition to post-secondary opportunities.

Mondays, in-person from 4:50 to 7:30 p.m. in the Warner School.

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