Univ. of Missouri student groups have first meeting with Board of Curators …

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Experts: Black studies programs facing campus challenges.

“We rely heavily on adjuncts to teach classes, and even this budget is under constant threat,” Christian said. “I imagine most departments in Africana/black studies around the nation have similar problems with a lack of investment from the administrations.” Officials at San Jose State University in California cited the struggle by its African American Studies Department to attract enough students to fill upper division classes and having only one full-time faculty member in a proposal to merge the program into another department. Part of the problem, she said Friday at a University of Missouri Board of Curators meeting, is that there are few black students and faculty on campus.

Its website lists a chair and five faculty members. “We’ve lost ground and black faculty members are not being added to universities in numbers now,” Michigan State University geography professor and former Urban Affairs Programs dean Joe Darden said. “There is no push to increase representation.” Blacks and Latinos at Lehman make up more than 95 percent of the campus’ student population, while about 90 percent of the faculty is white, according to Christian. “I’m talking about the Bronx in New York City, not Omaha, Nebraska!” he said. “This is a poor statistic for any diversity measurement. More importantly, in the nearly five years I’ve been here things show no sign of improving.” Adding black professors was among the demands made by black Missouri students who also complain that school officials have not done enough to address incidents of threats toward blacks on campus.

Hairston, a member of the Sociology Graduate Student Group, was one of more than a dozen students who voiced their grievances — and potential solutions — in regards to race and graduate student issues Friday. His resignation came after one student embarked on a hunger strike and some Mizzou football players pledged not to play again until Wolfe resigned or was fired. It looks like a throwback to the 1960s, and these young people are very serious,” he added. “They are very conscious, educated and know that they’re getting a raw deal.

Shortly before the start of the school year, the university stripped graduate students of their health insurance subsidies and scaled back their tuition waivers. Also on Friday, several student groups, including Concerned Student 1950, again expressed their desire to have a say in who was named the next system president.

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