The Black Studies program will provide an intellectual framework for understanding global Black experiences both historically and contemporarily. Specifically, the program not only will illuminate Black triumphs and travails in the United States, but those throughout the Diaspora, particularly in Continental Africa and the Caribbean. Black Studies is significant nationally because its emergence-inextricably bound to the Black Power phase of a larger struggle for African American human rights-paved the way for subsequent liberatory fields, including Chicana/Chicano Studies, Gender Studies, and Indigenous Nations Studies, that also seek to center marginalized groups and challenge structures of power and privilege. In addition to interrogating institutionalized racism in the United States, this interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary field of study examines intraracial issues of socioeconomic class, gender, sexuality and skin color via a constellation of courses in the humanities (including the arts) and social sciences. The program will provide students, irrespective of their ethnic or racial backgrounds, with opportunities to better reflect upon and interrogate their lived experiences in relation to constructions of race and other social structures. Those interested in exploring the Black Studies program next academic year should contact Winston Grady-Willis, Professor and Director of Black Studies, at email@example.com or 518-580-5014. His office is Palamountain Hall, Room 431.