Adopted 27 February 2020

Whereas, goal 1.1 of the Montana State University Strategic Plan reads: “Broaden access for underrepresented populations and increase academic success for all students through excellence in undergraduate education;” and

Whereas, this goal would be furthered by the implementation of an Africana Studies program; and

Whereas, the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Native American Studies, Latin American & Latino Studies, and Asian Studies minors exist to educate MSU students on their respective ethnic minorities and socially disenfranchised groups; and

Whereas, the African diaspora does not have a program at MSU which represents the depth and breadth of African and African American experiences and topics; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, that the Associated Students of Montana State University support the implementation of an Africana Studies program on campus which would educate students about the histories, cultures, and experiences of Africans, African Americans, Afro-Latinx peoples, African Caribbeans, and all other members of the Black diaspora across the world as outlined by the BSU; and

Resolved, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Dr. Waded Cruzado, Montana State University President; Dr. Chris Kearns, MSU Vice President of Student Success; Dr. Matthew Caires, MSU Dean of Students; Dr. Robert Mokwa, MSU Provost; Dr. Emily Stark, Director of the Office of Institutional Equity; Dr. Nicol Rae, Dean of the College of Letters and Sciences; Dr. David Cherry, Associate Dean for Student Success and Curriculum; and Taylor Blossom, Montana Associated Students (MAS) president.