Eastern Michigan University will soon offer a new academic program that some students believe will help improve race relations on campus.
Students will have the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Africology and African-American Studies. The program seeks to equip students with resources for understanding the implications of living in a multiracial, democratic, and diverse society.
After racist graffiti was found on campus in 2016, student activists like Rasheed Atwater say it's a step in the right direction.
"You'll have a number of scholars who study, live in active discipline, who could be great in advising how to handle those types of situations," said Atwater.
A Master of Africology and African-American Studies was among the demands presented by students to EMU in a 10-point plan to help improve race relations on campus. The new program will be offered next year.
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