Title VI

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Dear Colleagues,

I'd like to begin by thanking all those who have been instrumental in the preparation of this successful proposal. With this second attempt we were able to convince the reviewers we deserve the investment of federal funds in what we do. Our Title VI grant does not come from the National resource Center program but from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages program or UISFL.

We requested $94,068 for year 1 and 94,787.61 for year 2. We were awarded $92,699.00 for year 1 and 94,787.00 for year 2. This federal support will be used for the following activities, as explained in details in the proposal (please, scroll down, and sorry for the length):

This project’s goals will be accomplished through the following deliverables:

A. Hiring two part-time language instructors (Swahili and Wolof).

B. Funding the participation of language instructors in an intensive workshop organized for professional development in African Language instruction.

C. Acquisition of required teaching materials for Swahili and Wolof courses of instruction.

D. Supporting faculty development by funding research trips to continental Africa each year.

E. Funding for new acquisitions to expand library holdings on Africa.

F. Developing at least seven new continental Africa-focused courses in the humanities, the arts, and the social sciences.

G. Providing a $1,500.00 stipend to each of five students every year for participation in our existing study abroad program in Senegal and The Gambia.

H. Organizing and hosting two workshop seminars (one per year) for FIU and South Florida community college faculty in curriculum development and the teaching of courses on continental Africa.

I. The organization, development and co-hosting with Miami-Dade County and Broward County public schools of four teacher workshops during the two years of the grant to develop competence and training aimed at deepening and widening course contents on continental Africa.

As indicated in the grant proposal, the grant will be managed by the Project Director (Jean Rahier) with the Certificate in African Studies Faculty Committee (CASFC). At its first meeting, the CASFC will discuss the formation of an Advisory Board, as specified on page 5 of the proposal: The project will be supervised by the Project Director in consultation with the AADS Steering Committee (AADSSC), the AADS Certificate in African Studies Faculty Committee (AADS’ CASFC), the Chairperson of the Department of Modern Languages, and various units’ chairs and directors, concerned FIU administrators, library personnel, community leaders, and Miami-Dade and Broward Counties’ Public School Administrators. We propose to constitute from this list an Advisory Board headed by the Project Director with direct oversight responsibilities for the project.

Jean Muteba Rahier, Ph.D.
Professor of Anthropology in the Dept. of Global & Sociocultural Studies
Director of the African & African Diaspora Studies Program