September 18th, 2017

CSU Black Studies program introduces new director, new plans for attracting students 

By Jamia Richardson

The Black Studies program at Cleveland State University introduced its new director during an open house for faculty and students Tuesday, Sept. 5.

Thomas Bynum, Ph.D., joins Cleveland State from Middle Tennessee State University where he was director of the black studies program.

“As director, I am working to recruit more students to the program,” Bynum said. “I really want to recruit more black studies majors.”

“Not many people are aware that you can major in black studies,” he continued. “Most think it’s just a minor. Also many people don’t think they can make a career by obtaining a degree in black studies.    

“The reason why black studies majors are so low is because people don’t know that it’s offered,” said Jennifer Longstreet, a black studies major. “You can take any other major and align it with a black studies major.”

To implement Bynum’s plan to recruit student for black studies the fall calendar has been released. Such as setting up a movie night, the black studies program is in the process of setting a date for this event to happen once a month. Here students can be comfortable in the program at the same time becoming more familiar with it.  

Bynum replaces former director Michael R. Williams, Ph.D., who died in 2016. Williams came to Cleveland State in 1985 as a professor and became director of the black studies program in 2004.


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