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New Academic Program At EMU Could Help Improve Race Relations On Campus

Eastern Michigan University
Eastern Michigan University

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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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu

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