Dr. Terry Kershaw
The Late Dr. Terry Kershaw, previous head of the Africana Studies department, coined the term “scholar activist” and used it to encourage students to get involved, and make a positive difference in the community with their education.
His passion was sparked from his own experience in college, when he learned that his hometown was considered a ghetto.
He thought, “Well, if I’m going to college, what can I do to make things better? What’s the point of me getting educated just to keep things as they are?”
This is the crux of being a scholar-activist, and we welcome you ojoin us as we recognize the accomplishments of the following alumni, faculty, and staff in the College of Arts & Science who are making a difference!
Dr. Paul Eric Abercrumbie ‘87
Dr. Abercrumbie, an A&S alumnus and professor, was the Director of the African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC) and is also a member of the Diversity and Community Relations committee on campus at UC. Through these groups and his connections with students, he promotes cultural and racial understanding in higher education.
Bleuzette Marshall ’92, CECH ’01, ‘09
Marshall is the Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and has worked at UC for nearly 21 years. In April, she will be presented with the Mosaic Award for her demonstrated leadership through cultivating collaboration, championing the cause of the underrepresented and promoting greater equity and opportunity for others. She also received the Donald and Marian Spencer “Spirit of America” Award in 2016 in recognition of her enduring contributions to creating greater inclusion and for promoting diversity in the community, the King Legacy Award in 2014 for leading the implementation of UC’s five-year diversity plan as well as building strategic partnerships in the community, and the Glass Ceiling Award in 2014 presented by the Ohio Diversity Council.
Bates is a newly tenured Sociology Professor, whom was awarded the Dean’s Award for Faculty Excellence in 2016. The award is part of a partnership between the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research that recognizes exceptional contributions to respective colleges and to UC. She is known to use innovative teaching models to push students to understand the inequities in the education system and how they can be part of a positive change in the future. Bates and James Mack, Professor of Chemistry, also co-founded The Black Faculty Association. She acts as a mentor to students, sparking interest in sociology and social justice both in her department and in UC’s African American Culture and Resource Center (AACRC).
Christina Brown ‘10
Brown graduated from A&S with a B.A. in Africana Studies and Political Science and has become an activist for social justice in Cincinnati. She founded the Cincinnati chapter of Black Lives Matter and was featured on news station WLWT as the face of a new generation of civil rights leaders in the city. She was also awarded the Emerging Leader Award from UC, an annual award that honors alumni who are “blazing the trails toward becoming our future leaders.” She continues to lead by example, through organizing peaceful protests, writing op-eds for local news outlets, delivering TED talks and working as the president of the Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation Board.
Mario Jovan Shaw ‘12
Shaw, a champion of diversity in education, graduated with a B.A. of Communication and Africana Studies. He was recently named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017 for social entrepreneurship due to the success of the education-focused nonprofit he co-founded, Profound Gentlemen.
Diversity and inclusion are core values for the University of Cincinnati, and while our College of Arts and Sciences has produced strong proponents of social justice, we recommend that you learn about our extra curricular resources as well. For example, our African American Cultural and Resource Center (AACRC) serves as a source of enlightenment about the Black experience, and the Office of Equity and Inclusion aims to move our Diversity and Inclusion Plan forward through cooperative initiatives, planning and partnerships.
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Explore our Africana Studies Major
Support Equality through the Cincinnati Project