African American Studies program gets duPont grant
The Citadel is the proud recipient of an $80,800 grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Religious, Charitable and Educational Fund. The three-year grant will be used to implement community outreach initiatives as part of the Department of History's new African American Studies program.
The Citadel launched the 15-hour minor in African American Studies this fall. The accompanying African American Studies Community Outreach Initiative will serve as a channel for student, faculty, and staff community involvement.
The Jessie Ball duPont Fund is a national foundation based in Jacksonville, Fla., that makes grants to more than 330 organizations identified in duPont's will. The fund has assets of $283 million and has awarded $217 million in grants since 1977. The Citadel has received more than $200,000 from the duPont fund since 1965 for various projects, including scholarships and Hurricane Hugo damage relief.
Over the next three years, The African American Studies Program will use the money for cultural enrichment activities and to develop and implement outreach programs with the Boys and Girls Club of the Trident Area, the YWCA of Charleston and with six Charleston area high schools. They are Lincoln, Burke, St. John's, R.B. Stall, North Charleston and St. Baptist high schools.
In addition, the grant money will help fund a speakers' bureau to attract scholars and educators to the college and community and to acquire books and other scholarly print and electronic material to support the African American Studies program.
"We are absolutely thrilled to be receiving this level of support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund," said assistant professor Dr. Marcus Cox, director of the African American Studies program. "This grant will go a long way toward helping us reach our goal of preparing cadets to respect cultural and gender diversity and to foster the intellectual, cultural and spiritual growth of The Citadel and the community."
its first semester, 11 students enrolled in the African American Studies
minor. Enrollment is expected to increase for the spring semester.