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Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center

Daily Activities

The Center provides TI-83 calculators for students to check out, graduate school preparation software (GRE, GMAT, MCAT), laptops, MacBooks, netbooks, and more than 1,600 library resources. For students interested in foreign languages, the Center also provides Rosetta Stone in Portuguese, Swahili, French, and Spanish tutorial CDs. There are stationary computers with the Respondus program also available. In addition, the Center provides a SMART board for students to use for practicing presentations. Students may stop by to eat snacks, study, relax, watch TV or play games.

History

The Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center, named in honor of the first African-American graduate from APSU, honors a legacy of the historic Civil Rights and Black Studies Movements that sought, among other goals and objectives, to have American colleges and universities more adequately and prominently reflect the full scope of human and cultural diversity in all areas of the learning environment. During this period of sociocultural transformation, African-American students at Austin Peay challenged the University’s community to recognize the contemporary, historical, sociopolitical and intellectual contributions of African Americans. Those students were adamant about their need to have a place that celebrated and consistently displayed the salience of the African-American experience.

Mission

The Center’s mission is intertwined with the University’s Strategic Plan and goals for the creation of a collaborative, integrative learning community that fosters critical inquiry and self-reflection necessary in a global society. Additionally, the mission of the center involves providing a nurturing environment where all students, regardless of race, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, etc. can gain an appreciation for the African heritage and experience of African American people.