African American Studies

Affiliated Student Organizations

The following programs are affiliated with the African American Studies, and/or are sponsored by an AAS faculty member:

Student Council (CAS)

African American Studies minors are eligible to serve as a representative to the College of Arts & Sciences Student Council.  Each academic year, one student and one alternate upper-classman AAS minor are selected by the faculty based on their academic standing and their involvement with African American Studies to represent their peers on this active and involved student body. (Learn more...)

African American Studies Department Club (AASDC) - AAS Faculty, Advisors.

An active African American Studies Departmental Club promotes Africa American Studies as a major at Western Illinois University, while educating others about the African American experience in the United States. The department club won the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council 2006 Departmental Student Organization Award. It remains one of the best college student organizations to help students remain engaged with scholarship, culture, and community. The AASDC meets weekly on campus.

United Voices of Western Inspirational Singers (UVOWIS)

A campus ensemble performs at various concerts and other venues on and off campus.  Our goal is to prepare choir members to reproduce the sound and style of African American gospel music.  Sub-genres learned include: traditional and contemporary gospel and praise and worship music.  The primary focus of the choir is on ministry and performance. Instruction not only includes vocal coaching, but a wide range of gospel choir techniques and etiquette.  There are NO auditions required to join this group. F

In addition to the student organizations listed, the University offers other social and cultural organizations for students of African-American heritage, these include: Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, Black Student Association, African Student Association, GBCC Dance Troupe, Cultural ExpressionsNAACP (Collegiate Chapter), and several historically Black fraternities and sororities. For more information on student organizations contact the Office of Student Activities.