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Black and African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU)

Mission Statement

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Black and African Diaspora Forum United (BADFU) is an organization of Black/African American faculty, and their allies, at Monmouth University specifically concerned with the unique challenges of Black/African American academics at predominantly white institutions of higher education. We are open to all faculty, staff, and personnel working at Monmouth University interested in identifying issues specific to the Black Diaspora experience in academia and advancing equitable opportunities for Black and African Diaspora faculty in the classroom, administration, and the institution as a whole.

Major Goals and Objectives of BADFU

  • Identifying institutional practices that have had a detrimental impact on Black and African Diaspora members of the University community, and working with administration and faculty constituencies to effect changes in these practices.
  • Support the increase of faculty, students, and staff of Black/African American descent in the classroom and beyond.
  • Advocate for the greater participation of Black/African American faculty in the shared governance of the institution including in key administrative positions.
  • Serve as a resource to the institution on matters related to the Black and African Diaspora experience while providing advice through regular dialogue with key stakeholders at the university.
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Fall 2020 Events

  • Podcast Launch:
  • Fall Meeting Schedule:
    • Thursday, September 24, 2 p.m. via Zoom
    • Friday, October 23, 11 a.m. via Zoom


Spring 2021 Events

Promotional image for 2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Lecture in Social Justice Speaker Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

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  • 3rd Annual MLK Distinguished Lecture in Social Justice:
    • Wednesday, January 27 from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m: This event will be held virtually. We are very fortunate to host one of the leading antiracist scholars in the country on our campus, Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of the New York Times bestselling How to be an Antiracist. Dr. Hettie V. Williams, Assistant Professor of African American History, will be joining Dr. Kendi in dialogue.
  • Black History Month Program:
    • Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 7 p.m: Policing in Communities of Color: A Conversation on Police Violence, Black Lives Matter, and Police Reform with Dr. Marie Mele, Assistant Professor, Department of Criminal Justice
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