Tell SJSU Not To Cut the African-American Studies Department

    1. Alyxandra Goodwin
    2. Petition by

      Alyxandra Goodwin

      San Jose, CA

Departments at SJSU are being cut in the name of "efficiency", while the students that are investing their time and money are being negatively impacted by these cuts. This petition is to address department closures and prevent further department closures of the African-American Studies Department. African-American Studies provides a space for students to learn their history and the history of other cultures and is a resource for classes and information that would not be learned otherwise. The University has not given this department the necessary attention it needs to grow and be a sustainable and viable department on campus. By not providing adequate resources, the University has let the department deteriorate into a state in which it's department status is threatened. In response, we demand:

  1. Keep the African-American Studies Department as is; in it's own entity and with major status
  2. The addition of two tenure track faculty to the African-American Studies Department
  3. The University needs to committ resources to support ethnic studies majors and programs as a part of the Diversity Initiatives to increase retention of culturally diverse students
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    Reasons for signing

    • Steve Greaves SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • 9 months ago

      San Jose is a big enough city with a large enough state university to merit a topnotch, well-funded, excellently staffed and publicly secured African-American Studies Department. American Studies if honest demands such a culturally precise historically sound development, essential to social justice and socially representative higher education facilities.

    • Hilda Bustos FREMONT, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Students should feel safe in school. Behavior like this has no place in our schools. We had the KKK demonstrating across the street from our campus whe I went to high school and that was over 15 years ago. I thought our society had gotten past all the hatred, but sadly, I' m frequently reminded that we have not gotten very far.

    • Gabrielle Daniels MADISON, WI
      • 11 months ago

      Senior Class of 1976. Shameful.

    • Tomo Hattori NORTHRIDGE, CA
      • 12 months ago

      African American Studies in U.S. universities and colleges needs more investment in these times and not less. I cannot imagine a successful future for this country without strong and independent institutions of African American Studies.

    • Norita Vlach SAN FRANCISCO 94122, CA
      • 12 months ago

      I am a retired professor of social work when we were in the same College of Social Work along with Af Am Studies. I was very aware of how important this program was to the university and to the students. It provided much needed corrective education and support to all students. It was especially valuable to students of color and is needed even more now than before. History needs to be taught by those who have lived it.


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