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African American Studies
The African American Studies Resource Library is a select collection of resources relating to African and African American history and culture. The type of materials held in our collection include:
- Video's and DVD's
- Select Journals
- AAS Course Reserve Readings and Textbooks
For more information on resources and availability, visit the African American Studies Department in Morgan Hall 232.
SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARDS
The Department of African American Studies announces awards two-hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) Social Justice Award annually to a WIU student, with the first to be awarded to a senior student in Fall 2011. The award (open to all Majors) was initiated by Dr. Robert Hironimus-Wendt, Associate Professor of Sociology at WIU and Dr. Alphonso Simpson, Jr., Interim Chair and Associate Professor of African American Studies. “This award will honor one of our students for working to make our shared communal spaces more just and humane, for our students and community members.” (Learn more…)
A Departmental Scholar is selected each semester by the African American Studies Department according to the minimum University criteria and additional department criteria. Students selected as Departmental Scholars will be invited to the Academic Honors Convocation and will receive a medallion emblazoned with the University seal. In addition, the Department Scholar will be nominated for the College of Arts & Sciences College Scholar. (Learn more. . .)
DR. ESSIE MANUEL RUTLEDGE SCHOLARSHIP
The Dr. Essie Manuel Rutledge Scholarship was established by Dr. Rutledge upon her retirement in 2006 in honor of her positions as Professor of Sociology and former Chair of African American Studies. She served the students, university and community for 30-years with her academic, cultural, social and political leadership. Details about the scholarship are available from the AAS Department office or the Scholarship Coordinator. Anyone wishing to support the fund financially is encouraged to contact the WIU Foundation office.
dr. rudolph v. womack memorial scholarship
The Dr. Rudi V. Womack Memorial Scholarship was established by the many friends and colleagues of Dr. Womack in honor of his service and commitment to WIU students who needed a helping hand, guidance and mentoring. Details about the scholarship and how to support the fund are available in the AAS Department office or from the WIU Foundation office .
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP INFORMATION...
There are several programs that AAS students can apply for. Visit the WIU Scholarships page for more information.
Student Help Center- Morgan Hall 232
Some assistance can also be sought from African American Studies (AAS) faculty members or arranged with the department chair. Find out faculty members' office hours or call the department at 309/298-1181. The AAS Department is student-centered and its top priority is to ensure students' success.
Minority Internship Program (Five University Consortium)
The Minority Internship Program (MIP) is a one semester, paid internship sponsored by the Illinois Board of Higher Education that allows full-time junior, senior, and graduate minority students to combine work and learning experience. (Learn More...)
The Internet is filled with resources featuring African American and multicultural images, pictures, historical facts, literature, art, etc. Visit these suggested websites.