Working to Dismantle Systemic Racism in Healthcare Delivery

A leading Michigan State University language and literacy scholar will extend her groundbreaking work in antiracist and anti-Blackness teacher education to pediatric medicine and public health with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. April Baker-Bell, Associate Professor in the Department of English and Department of African American and African Studies, recently received a $218,000 Mellon New Directions Fellowship to support two new studies underway with the University of Washington.

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Alumnus Works for Student Betterment and Equity

The high school years can be one of the most crucial moments in a student’s education. For Robert Munro, Concord Academy’s Dean of Academic Program and Equity and an alumnus of the College of Arts & Letters’ African American and African Studies (AAAS) doctoral program, supporting students at this age has always been his vocation. And throughout the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the omnipresent inequality facing students of color and the sudden retirement of Concord's Head of School, Munro’s desire to uphold his students has never been more apparent.

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Taking Up Space as a Scholar, Activist, and Visionary Co-Builder of the New AAAS Department

Scholar, author, activist, and visionary builder, these are just a few words to describe Tamura Lomax, Foundational Associate Professor, who came to Michigan State University to work alongside Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chair.

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MSU African American and African Studies Seeks ‘Technologies of Living for Survival Into Wellness’

The latest segment of MSU Today explores the vision, mission, and values of Michigan State University’s Department of African American and African Studies with Dr. Ruth Nicole Brown, Inaugural Chairperson and Professor of AAAS, Dr. Tamura Lomax, Foundational Associate Professor of AAAS, Dr. Kristie Dotson, Executive Academic Advisor to AAAS and Professor of Philosophy, and Dr. April Baker-Bell, continuing member of the transition team and Associate Professor of Language, Literacy, and English Education.

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