Partnership over Isolation in Black Studies: A Response to Mr. Mwatabu S. Okantah, assistant professor in the Department of Pan African Studies at Kent State University
By Richard Montgomery, ‘98
Thank you for your interest in my Open Letter to the Kent State University President regarding the defunding of the Department of Pan African Studies. I would like to address your response on behalf of the department, which you posted on the Culturelovefamily.com website.
In my letter to Dr. Lester Lefton, I argued three points. First, there has been a significant loss of faculty in the Department of Pan African Studies over the past several years, many of which have not been replaced. As a result, the department must offer fewer revenue generating courses. This has compounded the second problem, the reduced capacity to teach core courses. This reduced capacity has resulted in a $600,000 budget deficit in the department.