Invest in the Department of Pan-African Studies
  • Petitioned Lester Lefton

This petition was delivered to:

President, Kent State University
Lester Lefton
Special Assistant to President
Ronald Fowler

Invest in the Department of Pan-African Studies

    1. Petition by

      KSU Alumni For DPAS

The Department of Pan-African Studies (DPAS) has been a pillar for black students and learning at Kent State University (KSU) since 1968. As Alumni we will not watch KSU disinvest in our beloved DPAS and request President Lefton to develop a strategic plan to uplift DPAS. 

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Latease Robinson SHAKER HTS., OH
      • about 1 year ago

      As an African American Alumni, I found the initiatives and activities provided for the African American community to be very enriching and supportive. I believe it played a crucial part in my surviving the college experience as a first generation college student. I hope you will decide to continue the Department of Pan-African Studies.

      • about 1 year ago

      One of the reason I graduated from Kent State University was because of the professors, and instructors from Pan African Studies. They understood me as a black woman coming to college from John Hay. They nurtured me because I was the first to attend college in my family. I felt lost on campus without them. The English instructors helped me learn how write a paper. When I took English in Bowman I was ridiculed because I didn't know how to construct a thought to paper. Thanks to my instructors I can write a paper or a book if I want too. If you disinvest in Pan-African studies you will lose students like me. I graduated with my degree in psychology because of those professors and instructors. Please reconsider President Lefton.

    • Erik Ponzie ELYRIA, OH
      • about 1 year ago

      Kent grad '94 and DPAS was critical in my college experience.

    • Dennis Mumford DESOTO, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      Originally from Canton, Oh. And I'm black and concerned with the advancement of my people

    • Harold Conaway LAWNSIDE, NJ
      • over 1 year ago

      As a Black graduate of KSU (MPA 1982) it is imperative that diversity remain paramount.


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