Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies at UK to Receive Permanent Funding – UKNow – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 10, 2021) — The University of Kentucky is continuing its support for the new Commonwealth Institute for Black Studies (CIBS), based at UK.

Created with $250,000 of seed funding from the university last fall, the institute will now receive annual funding of $200,000 through UK’s Office for Institutional Diversity — an important step forward in helping the institute achieve its goals.

“Black studies is for everybody, and by funding the institute, UK is supporting all of us,” said Anastasia Curwood, director of CIBS and African American and Africana Studies (AAAS) at UK. “It’s hard to find an issue in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and our present world that does not have a connection to Black studies. We can all gain clarity about where we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. That’s why we named it the Commonwealth Institute — it is for the people of the Commonwealth and beyon


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