On Feb. 1, Kean University revealed details about its new Center for Africana Studies.

According to Kean, the center will be part of its College of Education and aims to be “a leading resource for scholarly research, community engagement and educational programming, particularly in support of New Jersey’s Amistad curriculum for K-12 students.”

“This new center epitomizes the university’s commitment to equity and to serving our state, particularly our urban communities,” said Kean University President Lamont O. Repollet. “All young people deserve to know their past. We are dedicated to establishing the best, most effective curriculum and programming to ensure they have a full understanding of history to help them shape the future.”

AFTNJ President Donna M. Chiera, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kean, said the partnership between higher education and K-12 institutions “sets a standard for how we can collectively offer a more inclusive education that reflects the unique experiences and histories of all students.”

“It is remarkable that Kean is utilizing its wealth of knowledge and expertise to not only support its own community but also to provide invaluable resources to K-12 teachers and students across New Jersey,” she added. 

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