New Social and Political Justice Center Launched at FAMU
The FAMU Meek-Eaton Black Archives is pleased to announce the launching of its Research Center for Social and Political Justice (The Center). The Center’s mission is to research, educate and promote civil rights and justice.
This fall The Center is launching its inaugural Policy Papers Series geared at providing solutions to contemporary issues of race, class, public policy and social justice. The Center seeks papers from scholars at Florida A&M University, as well as other institutions, who are committed to solving societal problems through their research. The 2018 topic is “A Call to Conscience: Contemporary Issues Facing the Black Community.” The papers should be 1250 -1500 words. The deadline is September 30, 2018. Accepted papers will be published on the Meek-Eaton Center for Social and Political Justice’s website during the Fall 2018 semester. For additional information, please contact Darius Young, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Reginald Ellis, Ph.D., at email@example.com.
FAMU Launches Community Forum Series to Empower Residents and Students
Florida A&M University is hosting a series of community forums to provide a place for citizens to make connections and learn about important social and political issues in their neighborhoods. The Community Forum Series began Thursday, July 12 at 6 p.m., and will continue with three additional forums every Thursday until August 2. FAMU’s Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice and the FAMU Cooperative Extension Program are teaming up with the Law Office of Cydnee Brown to host the forums to provide the Tallahassee community with helpful peer-to-peer conversations through panel discussions. During the forums, youth and students will be empowered to apply their knowledge to make tangible changesin their lives. Entrepreneurs will make connections, and residents will be encouraged to voice their social and political concerns as they relate to safety and security. On July 19, FAMU graduate students Samiria Martin and Teron Laidler will discuss the judicial overview of parenting in Florida, specifically the rights of unwed parents and grandparents. On July 26, Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D., with the FSU College of Social Work will discuss re-entry as it applies to inmates and formerly incarcerated people in Tallahassee to help support their transition back into their community. On August 2, the series will conclude with a discussion on “Juvenile Justice and Law.”
FAMU Professor to Address International Audience on the Frontier of Agricultural Education
In November 2018, Odemari Mbuya, Ph.D., professor and director of the Center for Water Resources in the College of Agriculture and Food Sciences at FAMU will address the Indian Agricultural Universities Association (IAUA) and present his vision on the “Frontier of Agricultural Education: The Need for Sharing Global Strength” at the Golden Jubilee Conference. The IAUA is a think-tank about agricultural sciences and development in India. As agricultural education is increasingly being challenged to engage in a new global social contract to serve the needs of society, international partnership is a necessary ingredient for global food security. FAMU has a global vision to collaborate with institutions of higher learning from other countries to address societal and environmental issues beyond Florida and United States. The IAUA International Conference plans to bring together, on a single platform, the faculty of agricultural universities and other stakeholders from various agriculturally important countries to have broad-based discussions under the theme of “Agricultural Education – Sharing Global Experiences.”
FAMU Students Receive Gilman Scholarship to Study Abroad
Denzell Jackson, a fourth-year finance major and Colleah Gilbert, a fourth-year biology/pre-medicine student has received the U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study abroad this fall in Shanghai and Ecuador, respectively.
The Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.