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Special Program: Diversity in America’s Teaching Force


Dr. Travis J. Bristol, a former high school English teacher in New York  city public schools and teacher educator with the Boston Teacher Residency, is an Assistant Professor at Boston University. His research interests focus on the practices that support teacher and student learning and the policies that enable and constrain teacher workplace experiences and retention. Dr. Bristol’s theoretical framework draws on the intersection of race and gender in organizations


1. Out of Many, One: The Challenge, Promise, and Hope for Increasing the Racial/Ethnic Diversity in America’s Teaching Force

October 19: 6:00 – 8:00 PM, University Hall – 7th Floor Conference Center

Open to the Public – Keynote Address outlining the need for Teachers of Color to Enrich our Communities. Overview of the research and what we now know is best for ALL students in America, followed by Q/A session. University faculty and students are encouraged to attend.

Registration is required.

2. Policy and Practice Recommendations for Recruiting, Supporting, and Retaining Teachers of Color

October 20: 9:00 – 11:00 AM, University Hall, ADP Center – Room 1143

Discussion with school districts and administrators on recruiting and retaining teachers and leaders of color. Policy and practice implications at the district level. University faculty welcome.

Registration is required.

3. Organizing for Diversity: Recruiting and Retaining a More Diverse Student Body

October 20: 3:30 – 5:00 PM, University Hall, ADP Center – Room 1142

A discussion with students and higher education personnel. How should higher education recruit and retain strong and creative students of color?

Registration is required.

Sponsored by: Center of Pedagogy, Montclair State University for Educational Renewal, Teacher Education Advocacy Center, Education Opportunity Fund, Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education Project, Division of Student Development and Campus Life, and The Office of Equity and Diversity
To see Dr. Bristol speak at Stanford University:

Spring Fundraiser


In the the Student Center Dining Room- Cafe B & C, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

This catered event includes a silent auction to support the organization’s student scholarship fund, and it’s a great opportunity to fellowship with our membership and students.

All donations for the silent auction are being collected by Pamela Elam. Please email Pam at elamp@mail.montclair with your donation items as soon as possible. If you are looking for ideas for items to donate, please look here:

Please click on the following link to RSVP by March 14th:

Upcoming Black History Month Events

Thursday, February 18
Vogue Therapy with Tyra Gardner
7:30pm, Life Hall 075bhmafrica

In celebration of Black History Month and to help folks prepare for the Black HERstory Ball, the LGBTQ Center will be hosting a vogue therapy workshop instructed by ballroom expert Tyra Gardner. The art of vogue was born in the Harlem Ballroom scene in the 1960’s in the African American and Latinx community. Come learn some vogue moves to add to your dance repertoire to impress your friends at our Black HERstory Ball! View HawkSync Event 

Friday, February 19
2016 Safe[r] Space Conference: Multiculturalism and Intersectionality
10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Student Center Ballrooms

Join the LGBTQ Center and the Office of Health Promotion for a FREE conference offering fundamental and advanced-level workshops and educational sessions to members of our community on topics related to intersectionality and multiculturalism and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning community. Some workshop topics include men and masculinity, allyship, sexuality and ability, gender, social justice, anti-racism, and more.  Registration required. More information 

Friday, February 19
Black HERstory Ball: Ball Culture Comes BACK to Montclair State!
8:00 p.m – Midnight., Student Center Ballrooms

Join the LGBTQ Center for an evening of ballroom culture in honor of Black History Month. Ballroom was birthed in the LGBT Black & Latinx communities in Harlem during the 1960’s and allows all to express their gender and sexuality while competing for trophies & prizes in different categories such as runway, voguing, drag king, & drag queen. You won’t want to miss it! View HawkSync Event

Monday, February 22
Leveling the Playing Field for Black Entrepreneurs
12:15-2:15 p.m., School of Business Multipurpose room

This program will explore unique issues that Black entrepreneurs face in building successful business. Both research and personal experience in business will illuminate strategies for negotiating challenges and leveling the playing field.
Keynote – Professor Jerome Williams
Panel of Entrepreneurs – Tashieka Brewer, Greg Collins, Marjorie Perry, Makeba Green (student entrepreneur)

Tuesday, February 23
50 Shades of Melanin
8:30-10:00 p.m., University Hall, Room 1060

This event will be a wrap up of the melanin Monday in honor of black history. This event will be presentation on what melanin is and the significance of it. Sponsored by The Brotherhood/La Hermandad. View HawkSync Event.

Wednesday, February 24
Sou(full) Cafe
7:00 – 10:00 p.m., Student Center Ballroom A

A food event to bring students together of all ethnic backgrounds to celebrate diversity and culture. Sponsored by The Organization of Student for African Unity. View HawkSync Event.

Friday, February 26
BHM Movie Night
7:00 – 11:00 p.m., University Hall, Room 1070

The BHM Movie Night is in honor of historical figures, and/or events that have paved the way for Black History as a whole through featured films. Sponsored by Caribso.View HawkSync Event.

Monday, February 29
Black History Month Closing Ceremony
6:00 – 10:00 p.m., University Hall 7th Floor Conference Center

An event to commemorate and acknowledge the achievements and events that took place in the month of February as it affects the African American community and campus community at large. Sponsored by The Organization of Student for African Unity. View HawkSync Event.

Newest Americans Program and Exhibit

Newest Americans

The Newark Public Library Celebrates Black History with
Programs and Exhibit

We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits
from the Great Migration

Exhibition and Programs: February 4- April 9, 2016

Hours: Monday, Friday, Saturday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 9:00AM – 5:30PM

Closing Reception: Tuesday, April 5, 6:00PM-8:00PM, Auditorium

The 2016 Black History Celebration exhibit, We Found Our Way: Newark Portraits from the Great Migration, centers on the remarkable narratives of the Krueger‐Scott African‐American Oral History Collection. This collection, assembled in the late 1990s under the direction of Catherine J. Lenix‐Hooker, captured the stories of Newark’s African‐American citizens who migrated to the city between 1910‐1970. The result is over 100 interviews with brave men and women who left the segregated, Jim Crow South to make better lives for themselves and their families. Ms. Lenix‐Hooker emphasizes the importance of these interviews as not only “eyewitnesses to the city in the 21st century,” but also as a “solid body of evidence” documenting “the major contributions African‐Americans have made to the city [in] over eight decades of Newark’s rich history.”



Membership as defined by the AAC Constitution

Section 1. Membership shall be open to all employees at Montclair State of African descent.

Section 2. Membership status of “good standing” in The Caucus will always be determined by the financial roster prepared by the treasurer.

Section 3. Annual dues shall be assessed in an amount determined by the membership at the May meeting of each year. Dues shall become due at the September meeting and payable by the next February meeting. These funds shall comprise the treasury and be used to support the financial needs as defined by the membership.

About the AAC


The African American Caucus is a campus organization comprised of faculty, professional staff, and administration to provide an action-oriented forum for the following purpose:

It shall be the purpose of The Caucus

  • (a) to identify and to seek to effect changes in the traditional educational practices that have served as barriers to people of African descent;
  • (b) to increase the number of employees of African descent;
  • (c) to advocate for enhanced roles of employees of African descent in the overall governance of the institution; and,
  • (d) to serve as a resource and provide the institution with an ongoing forum related to African and African American cultures and issues.