Martin Luther King Jr.’s last speech, “Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution,” inspired listeners with no small measure of passionate discourse to partner in active commitment against the enduring legacy of racism in America. Fifty-two years later, we are painfully aware that this work is far from done. The African American Studies department at California State University, Fullerton is determined to expand our efforts to dismantle institutional racism through the establishment of The Institute of Black Intellectual Innovation (IBII). Black faculty and students face significant historical and contemporary barriers to retention, wellbeing, and achievement. IBII at CSUF is a cross-campus and community-minded initiative to institutionalize the support and inclusion of Black people, culture, creative arts, and intellectual history at California State University, Fullerton and throughout Orange County. This institute will facilitate innovative research opportunities and publications; provide mentorship and student engagement; showcase creative arts performances; partner with community stakeholders to host events that develop cultural competency.
African American Studies Department